08-25-2014, 02:06 PM
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Arlington, VA
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Hi, and welcome to the club!
I highly recommend you take the time to watch kikopup on youtube and check out zak george on youtube/facebook. (Some people find him annoying, I think he's really enthusiastic.) I'd also recommend getting the free downloads from dogstardaily.com. Loads of good information in those.
If you like to read, Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson and Don't Shoot the Dog are fantastic looks at the canine mind.
When picking a trainer, ask one question: Do you need anything to train other than treats and a way to make a simple noise? If they need a collar, prong collar, choke collar, shock collar, can of pennies, noisemaker, etc. RUN AWAY. (Obvs, you need a leash and harness to keep your dog safe outside, but that's not training.)
All that extra stuff is for punishing your dog, scaring or hurting (or both).