So you want to get a dog....great! I'll guide you through your journey of choosing and finding the best dog for your family.
Buffy (the Vampire Slayer) the day we brought her home.
Let's be honest......you don't want just any dog. You want a GOOD dog....one who fits your family and lifestyle, who doesn't need more exercise or grooming than you can provide, who doesn't shed more than you can tolerate, who isn't loaded with behavior issues or health problems that will cost you a fortune and have you sitting in the vet's waiting room every other week.
You want a compatible, good-tempered, healthy companion to share your life for the next decade or two. Right?
I help people find such dogs. I'm Michele Welton. I've been training, showing, and writing about dogs for 35 years. My 15 books reflect everything I've learned during my career as a dog trainer, canine psychologist, and dog breed advisor.
That's my Miniature Poodle, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, on the left. Isn't she cute?
But be careful here. Because ALL puppies are cute.
Yet puppyhood lasts only a year or two......and then you'll be living with an ADULT dog for the next 10 to 15 years. So when choosing a dog, you must look beyond the puppy and envision what the ADULT will look like and act like.
Check out the pic on the right. That's Buffy again, all grown up, with her Papillon sister, Jenna. Buffy and Jenna are as different as night and day. You must be sure the breed you choose is well-matched to you – and that YOU are well-matched to the breed.
So now you're ready to start searching for your own Buffy (or Jenna). Your anticipation – your eagerness – makes me smile. I know how excited I've gotten whenever I've begun my search for a new dog. It's an adventure.
Finding a good dog is not as easy as you might think.
You might think you know how to do it. Flip open a dog book and choose an attractive breed. Google it to make sure the breed's national club agrees that this is a fine breed. Open your newspaper to the classified section and make a few phone calls. Drive over to see the pups. Pick the one who jumps into your lap.
Voila! Your new dog.
Here's what can go wrong after you bring home what you THOUGHT was a Good Dog...
Problem #1: You discover that the breed doesn't match you and your family.
Problem #2: Your seemingly healthy puppy starts having health problems as he grows up. Your vet says these are inherited health problems.
Inherited health problems are a serious concern in dogs today – especially purebred dogs. Inherited health problems often don't show up for MONTHS after you bring your puppy home. So you can't just pick out a seemingly healthy puppy and think it's going to last. "Healthy" puppies can turn into unhealthy nightmares that cost you a fortune and end in heartbreak.
Obviously you want to avoid inherited health problems in your new dog. I'll show you how.
Problem #3: Your puppy starts growling or acting fearful as he grows up. Your trainer says these temperament problems are inherited.
Puppies change as they grow, and not always for the better. We've all seen aggressive or shy or hyperactive adult dogs we wouldn't want in our home....yet virtually all of them started out as cute puppies. But hidden beneath that cute surface were inherited temperament problems that took months to show up. Which means you can't just look at a friendly puppy and assume he will make a great pet.
How SHOULD you choose a puppy, then? Well, as you might have guessed, I can tell you how.....but my advice won't fit in this little yellow box!
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That's why I wrote "Dog Quest – Find The Dog Of Your Dreams"
So you can avoid mis-matches with the wrong breed. So you can avoid inherited health problems. So you can avoid inherited temperament problems in your new dog.
In my book, I guide you through three steps:
- What kind of dog is best for you.
- Where to get your dog.
- Which individual dog you should pick.
What kind of dog is right for YOU? I'll help you choose.
Step 1: What kind of dog should you get?
In Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams......
I help you sort out what kind of dog to get – the pros and cons of purebred dogs, crossbreed dogs, and mixed breed dogs.
I help you choose the right breed based on 17 key characteristics
I compare male and female dogs so you can make an informed decision about which gender would be best for you.
I explain the pros and cons of young puppies, older puppies, adolescent dogs, and adult dogs. Hint: Often a young puppy may not be your best choice. Adolescent and adult dogs have many advantages, which I'll tell you about.
"Your buying book taught me so much."
"It is so informative and has taught me so much about how to be careful buying a dog. I had no idea how many scams there were out there with the new designer dogs and internet puppy sites and all the new health testing breeders should be doing but most of them aren't!
– Carol Zell
Step 2: Where should you get your dog?
Where should you get your dog? I'll help you decide.
In Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams......
I review animal shelters and humane societies, rescue groups, show breeders, performance breeders, pet breeders, pet shops, and private owners giving their dogs away.
I explain what makes a source good, and what makes a source risky, so you'll quickly be able to tell good sources from bad ones. Hint:You can't tell whether a source is good simply by looking at their puppies.
I tell you the exact questions you should ask each potential source, what answers you should expect to hear – and most importantly, which answers are "red flags" that mean you should stay away.
"Your advice on picking out a puppy....."
"....is very, very good. I can't tell you how many people would have chosen the wrong puppy from one of my litters if I hadn't stepped in to steer them toward a much more suitable puppy.
– Jim Johansen
Step 3: Which individual dog should you pick?
Which one should you choose? I'll help you decide.
In Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams......
I show you how to do simple personality tests that can tell you whether a puppy or adult dog is likely to make a good pet. I'll tell you which easily-observed behaviors suggest future behavior problems like hyperactivity, stubbornness, shyness, or aggression
I teach you what you need to know about health clearance tests and how to verify that they've been done. If they haven't been done, the risk of inherited health problems is much greater. Which tests need to be done depends on the breed.....what's mandatory in one breed is unnecessary in another....we'll talk about this.
Caution: MOST people who sell puppies are totally ignorant (or even lie) about health clearance tests. Some people will even try to pass off a general health certificate from their vet as though it's a health clearance test – it isn't. I'll show you what the real clearance certificates look like and how to read them, so you won't be fooled.
Finally, did you know that a written pedigree can reveal a great deal about a puppy's future health? Knowing how to evaluate a pedigree, which I'll teach you how to do, will help you avoid all those purebred puppies most likely to have inherited health problems.
"It was my dog buying bible."
"I have a great new puppy, thanks entirely to your book! It was my dog buying bible.
– Cindy Miller
Dog Quest will help you choose your next best friend, but the moment you get him home, you need to start training, feeding, and caring for him.....yes, the very first day....you must start off on the right foot. That's why I'm GIVING you 6 of my books on training and health care....FREE....when you order Dog Quest.
Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
Bonus Book # 1....How you interact with your new dog on the very first day will begin building your dog's habits and behaviors – for better or for worse. So make sure what you do is right! Follow my training program and your dog will look right at you, listen to your words, and do what you say. I'll show you how to teach all the vocabulary words your dog needs to know, plus calmness, gentleness, acceptance of being handled, obedience training, and much more. For puppies and adult dogs of all ages.
11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy
Bonus Book # 2....Feeding, vaccinations, neutering, physical exercise, mental exercise, grooming, safety, much more! Follow the 11 Things You Must Do Right and your dog should live a long, healthy life and seldom need to visit the vet.
Symptom Checker: The Nose To Tail Checkup
Bonus Book # 3....Use this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to check your dog's health on a regular basis, so you can catch health problems when they're still minor and easy to correct. Tells you exactly what's normal and abnormal on every part of your dog's body.
Purebred Problems: Health Profiles By Breed
Bonus Book # 4....All things considered, most people would prefer a breed that doesn't have many health problems. Problem is....it's difficult to find honest information about the health problems in each breed, because breeders don't want to admit to those problems! But I've done the digging for you....and here's the book that will open your eyes about the common health problems in each breed.
Safest Remedies For Canine Health Problems
Bonus Book # 5....This is the book to turn to if your dog develops any health problem. You'll learn about symptoms, diagnosis, and the most effective treatments with the fewest side effects. You'll even learn when inexpensive at-home treatments are better options than going to the vet.
Test Your Dog's IQ
Bonus Book # 6....Is your dog smarter than your best friend's dog? You'll never know until you test him! These 25 fun tests measure your dog's intelligence and problem-solving skills. Find out how smart your dog really is....or isn't!
Dog Quest: Finding The Dog Of Your Dreams PLUS your 6 free bonus books cover all the bases of choosing, feeding, training, and caring for your new dog, which is why I want you to have them ALL.....for just $24.
I charge so little for my books because I know they will make your dog's life better.....and that will make YOUR life better. I would much rather have many owners read my books for a lower price than have fewer owners read them for a higher price. MY compensation would be the same either way, but at the lower price, more owners and dogs benefit.
Another reason I can offer such a low price is that my books are ebooks. An ebook is also called an instant download. A few clicks with your mouse is all it takes to instantly download and save the book onto your computer.
- For PC, Mac, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Takes less than 30 seconds (with a high-speed connection) to download and save on your computer. You came to the Internet to find information about caring for your dog right now....and that's exactly what you'll get with my ebooks. You can start reading about the 11 Things You Must Do Right....right now.
- Completely safe, spyware-free, virus-free. Guaranteed.
- Frequently asked questions about ebooks
- If you're still a little uncertain about downloading, try this free practice download.
Will you tell me how to download the book?
Oh, yes. When you order the book, you'll be taken immediately to your own personal download page, where I'll give you simple step-by-step instructions for downloading. It's very, very easy.
Do I have to come back to your website to read the book?
No, you save it onto your own hard drive, on your own computer. Then you'll always have it and can read it whenever you want.
How do I read the ebook?
With a free software program called Adobe Reader. Virtually all computers come with Adobe Reader already installed, so you almost certainly have it.
Can I print the ebook if I want to?
Yes, you can print the entire book (343 pages), or just the pages you're interested in.
Is there a Table of Contents so I can read whatever topics I want?
Yes. A clickable table of contents takes you instantly to whatever subject you're interested in.
If it turns out that I can't do the download, can I get a refund?
Yes, I offer a 30-day money back guarantee. So there's no risk.
If you prefer, I can put the eBooks on a computer CD and mail it to you. Now, this is not an audio CD. It will have the exact same ebooks you would get if you downloaded them, so you still read them on your computer with Adobe Reader.
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
I offer a 30-day money back guarantee. Plain and simple, if you're not satisfied with my book, I'll refund your money within 30 days. I'm a respected author, and I want you to be happy.
I'm absolutely confident that you will be. Dog owners have been buying my books online since 2002 and my refund rate is an infinitesimal 0.001%. That means 999 people out of a thousand are satisfied. I'm pretty happy about that!
To sum up....
You're going to get a dog and I know you're excited. But pause for just a moment and think about the next 10 to 15 years. For all that time, your dog will either be a joy to live with (well-behaved and healthy) OR he will be stressful to live with, with unhappy behavioral and/or health issues to deal with.
Joyful or stressful.....it all depends on WHICH dog you choose, HOW you raise and train him, WHAT you feed him, and HOW you care for him on a daily basis.
My books will help ensure that your next 10 to 15 years with your new dog will be joyful. Everything's covered. Dog Quest will help you find a compatible, good-tempered, healthy companion. Then follow the training, feeding, and health care programs in your 6 free bonus books and your dog will listen to you, do what you say, live a long life, and seldom need to visit the vet.
Sounds like the kind of dog I want....how about you?