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Old 01-19-2012, 04:32 PM
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Hello everyone!

In addition to this site, I'm new to the world of dog ownership.

I'll be getting a German shepherd puppy from a very reliable breeder sometime between August - December. Good, healthy bloodline with amazing hips and elbows!

Although I've dealt and interacted with a lot of dogs, this will be the first I own. I admit and understand I lack the experience of actually owning/caring for a dog. Which why it's important to me to research about dog psychology/behavior, dog training, nutrients, health and expenses. I'm trying my best to be prepared to make my dog healthy and happy.

So far, I have $3500 saved up for dog funds and hopefully that will take care of the first year of ownership?

It's very encouraging to find communities like this dedicated to responsible dog ownership! I'll be looking forward to learning more and interacting with everyone about their experiences!


and yes, we will be naming our female puppy Misster Dog. :P
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You sound super well prepared!

Here are two excellent books on puppies to get you off to the right start.

Amazon.com: puppy primer Amazon.com: puppy primer

Amazon.com: Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog (9781577314554): Dr. Ian Dunbar: Books Amazon.com: Before and After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, and Well-Behaved Dog (9781577314554): Dr. Ian Dunbar: Books

The other thing I'd recommend is to hang out here, read the puppy threads and the training threads. You'll learn so much, and by the time your puppy arrives, you'll be miles ahead of most new puppy owners!
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Ooh! Thank you so much for the links! I've been looking at finding good books for further study I have no doubt that I will learn many things from this site and the members here
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Ooh! Thank you so much for the links! I've been looking at finding good books for further study I have no doubt that I will learn many things from this site and the members here
Nice! Glad to be of any help.

What you will find here is a recommendation for Positive Reinforcement training philosophy.

We'll also encourage you to steer clear of "dominance theory" and the concept you must be "alpha" to your dog. There are much better ways to work with our dogs that don't involve force or intimidation.
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Nice! Glad to be of any help.

What you will find here is a recommendation for Positive Reinforcement training philosophy.

We'll also encourage you to steer clear of "dominance theory" and the concept you must be "alpha" to your dog. There are much better ways to work with our dogs that don't involve force or intimidation.
The Puppy primer link is 404ing on me. Is it Puppy Primer by Brena K Scidmore or Patricia B. McConnel?

I'm glad these are positive reinforcement books. I'm not a fan of negative reinforcement theories in the least. I must confess I used to be a Cesar Millan fan when I didn't know any better. However once I started to do my own research I'm glad I discovered and have made a firm decision to only practice positive reinforcement I'm just glad I've educated myself on this before I got puppy!
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The Puppy primer link is 404ing on me. Is it Puppy Primer by Brena K Scidmore or Patricia B. McConnel?

I'm glad these are positive reinforcement books. I'm not a fan of negative reinforcement theories in the least. I must confess I used to be a Cesar Millan fan when I didn't know any better. However once I started to do my own research I'm glad I discovered and have made a firm decision to only practice positive reinforcement I'm just glad I've educated myself on this before I got puppy!
Sorry about the link. Yeah, you got the right one.
Here's another try Here's another try
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You are not the only ex-Cesar person around here, so you are not alone.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Positive Reinforcement training. If you really want the full background, here's another book for you. It is highly recommended from many here at DF!

"
Don't Shoot the Dog Don't Shoot the Dog
" by Karen Pryor. Its actually a fun read.
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Sorry about the link. Yeah, you got the right one. Here's another try.

You are not the only ex-Cesar person around here, so you are not alone.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Positive Reinforcement training. If you really want the full background, here's another book for you. It is highly recommended from many here at DF!

"Don't Shoot the Dog" by Karen Pryor. Its actually a fun read.
Hee, hee, I just ordered a copy

Thanks again!
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