Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Michele Welton is a dog obedience instructor, canine behavioral consultant, dog breed consultant, and published author of more than a dozen books about dogs and other animals.

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About Michele Welton and

My husband and me
My husband and me, with our
Miniature Poodle, Buffy the
Vampire Slayer

If you're looking for honest advice and information that will help you choose, raise, and train your companion dog, you've come to the right place.

We've been online for 16 years and are one of the oldest and most reputable web sites about dogs.

Hello! I'm Michele Welton and I have over 35 years experience as a dog breed advisor, obedience instructor, canine psychologist, veterinary technician, and author of 17 books (about dogs, cats, and pet birds).

I've trained and shown dogs in competitive obedience, agility, herding, tracking, and schutzhund. I've worked with therapy dogs, police dogs, show dogs, and companion dogs.

I know dogs. So when I explain the pros and cons of different dog breeds, different dog foods, or different dog training methods, you're getting honest opinions and information based on a lifetime of experience and research.

Blue Chihuahua and cream Miniature Poodle
Mouse, our blue Chihuahua, and Buffy, our cream Miniature Poodle

Here is our Miniature Poodle, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Buffy is smart, obedient, and very sweet. She loves everyone (except vampires) and served as the unofficial mascot of my husband's third grade classroom for many years.

Next to her is our Chihuahua, Mouse. Mouse came to us from a rescue group when she was diagnosed with a liver tumor and skin disease and scheduled for euthanasia. Happily, we got those health problems under control. Unhappily, she was also born with a neurological disorder called syringomyelia. It's very serious and reminds us to just take life one day at a time.

Jenna, Papillon
Jenna, our toy-obsessed Papillon

Finally, for those of you who think small dogs are all lap-sitting Jenna. Jenna is a 7-pound Papillon who is loaded with energy and obsessed with chasing and fetching squeaky balls and squeaky toys. For hours. And hours. Here's what all of Jenna's pictures look like....

Jenna, Papillon

Trainer, Instructor, Consultant, Author

Kelly and Princess
Kelly and Princess, the first dogs I trained, when I was a teenager. You can see they were happy dogs, as well as well- trained.

I've owned and loved larger dogs, too. German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Doberman Pinschers, Beaucerons, Irish Wolfhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Beagles, and other breeds, crosses, and mixes.

When I lived in New England, I founded the K-Mac Training Center, and in Southern California, The Canine Advisory.

My advice on choosing, raising, and training dogs has been featured on the Orange County TV News Channel and in the Orange County Register newspaper.

I'm the author of 17 published books on dogs, cats, and pet birds.

And I've written every word of this 1250+ page web site, which has been online since 2000. Over 10,000 dog lovers visit us each day....more than 300,000 dog lovers each month....more than 3 million dog lovers each year.

I'm glad you've joined us!

Just for fun....

Michele skating
Yes, that's me, practicing with a women's hockey team. Those were the days!
  • I grew up in New England playing and coaching baseball, playing pond hockey, and riding horses in barrel racing and gymkhana events.
  • Now flash-forward a few decades and you'll find me reading and writing books, listening to classical music, or watching a thought-provoking documentary or science fiction show. (I'm particularly fond of my T-shirt that says, "All my favorite TV shows have wormholes.")