Hi & welcome to the Pet Lovers board. Are you thinking of adding a new puppy or dog to your life? Looking for some advise before you make a commitment? Good for you! Kick your shoes off & have a seat for a while. Woops! Watch out for that squeaky toy between the cushions. And don't mind the dog hair. It's just one of those little signs that the house is full of doggie joy. Before plunging ahead, take a look at some of the board's best tips to help you successfully make your decision & add a lifetime of well-mannered canine love to your family: Shopping List For The New Guyhttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15818222Essential Reading For Your Canine Library "Don't Shoot The Dog" by Karen Pryor"Culture Clash" by Jean Donaldson"Paws To Consider: Choosing The Right Dog For You And Your Family" by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah WilsonWhat Breed Fits Your Needs?http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15911927When Searching For A Puppy...http://users.adelphia.net/~lechaun/puppies.htmlLOTS 'O Links - Clicker Training, Crate Training & More Plus - Tips For An Energetic Puphttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17835388Locate A Positive Reinforcement or Clicker Trainer In Your Area http://www.apdt.com/Clicker Training Message Boardhttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/ClickerSolutions(join to post - it's free)Training the Chewing/Destructive Puppy http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17877589&sort=usernameMouth Training - Teaching Bite Inhibition For A "Soft" Mouthhttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18611111http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18608354The Art Of Kong Stuffing, Crate Training & Other SFSPCA Training Tipshttp://www.sfspca.org/behavior/dog_library/index_library.shtmlMore Tips For The Energetic Puphttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17955377Improving Your Dog's Recall http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16190786Teaching "Leave It" http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16334298Catch 'Em Doing Righthttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18617925Leash Chewing & Training Tips For Givehttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15959905 Reducing Fear Growling & Biting Around Strangershttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15178928Eliminating Jumpinghttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17682879Bathing 101http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15824255Nail Clipping For Newbieshttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16008255http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=12526033A Piddle Primer http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16189757http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18899727http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18563836http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15287318Recommended Pet Urine NeutralizerSimple Solution (preferred over Nature's Miracle)http://www.petsmart.com/cat/shopping/stain___odor_control/products/product_8157.shtml Your Day Is Full Of Training Opportunities http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=14781178 Does Your Yard Look Like the Grand Canyon? www.doggiedoor.com/diggings.shtmlWhat To Do For a Dog that Chews http://www.doggiedoor.com/chewing.shtmlIs Your Dog Known as Mr. Barks-A-Lot? http://www.doggiedoor.com/barking.shtmlNever Never Say It Say It Twice-Twice http://www.clickandtreat.com/dfogb7.htmLeading The Dance - Building A Better Relationshiphttp://www.shirleychong.com/keepers/archives/dance.txtMany Good Articleshttp://clickersolutions.com/articles/index.htm Clicker Solutionshttp://www.ddfl.org/sitemap.htm Denver Dumb Friends LeagueA Training Philosophy - Nothing In Life Is Freehttp://www.ddfl.org/behavior/nilif.htmTo Your Dog - Your Family Will....http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18293063Lead with Love - Gentle Leaders, Halti's & Other Head Halters http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16574310Sources for Head Halters (Your dog's head shape/personality may make one a better fit than another)The Gentle Leader®http://www.gentleleader.com/The K-9 Kumalong®http://www.petfoodexpress.com/shopping/prod_detail/main.asp?productID=2757&catID=8The Comfort Trainer® http://www.miriamfields.bigstep.com/catalog.html (website of the halter developer)http://members.fortunecity.com/trainyourpet/trainhumane.html (picture of Comfort Trainer)Stop Your Dog's Pulling Problem In Its tracks(See source for The Snoot Loop®)http://www.geocities.com/jetflair/halti.html The Black Dog Wear Training Collarhttp://www.blackdog.net.au/ AU$ 31.70 is about US$17.50, U.S. shipping availableHalti & Gentle Leader CollarsFitting and Acclimating Procedure http://www.doglogic.com/halter.htmBoxers & Head Halters http://www.boxerworld.com/training/headhalter/acclimation tips, also shows Black Dog head halter in use, which might fit short-nosed dogs better than other brandsAnd let's not forget the joy & humor of owning a dog.....How To Make Puppy Piehttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15828460Understanding Your New Dog - Division of Matter in the Universehttp://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=16197744Solution For Training Problems - Correcting With A Rolled Newspaper http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=17816000Hope you enjoyed your stay. Feel free to post any questions you may have, as well as pictures & stories about your new furball, once you find the one meant for you. Welcome to the board & a world full of doggie love & companionship!Laura
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