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.
Let's be honest. You don't want just any dog. You want a GOOD dog. One who fits your family and lifestyle.
A dog who doesn't need more exercise or grooming than you can provide. A dog who doesn't shed more than you can tolerate. A dog who isn't loaded with behavioral 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 over 35 years. My 15 books reflect everything I've learned during my career as a dog trainer, canine psychologist, and dog breed advisor.
See the puppy pic of one of my dogs? Isn't she cute?
Be careful. Because ALL puppies are cute.
But puppyhood lasts only a year or two. 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.
Here's Buffy again, 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 dog. 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 find a good dog. Watch a dog show on TV and pick 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 classifieds 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 seems like a Good Dog
Problem #1: You discover that the dog doesn't match your family and lifestyle.
If you haven't done the right research, here is what many new owners discover:
- The dog bounces off the walls because he needs more exercise than you can provide.
- He sheds too much.
- He needs too much brushing or clipping.
- He's not good with your kids.
- He's not good with your other pets.
- He's too hard to housebreak.
- He's just the wrong breed for you.
Problem #2: Your dog develops serious health problems as he grows up. Your vet says these health problems were inherited.
Inherited health problems are a serious concern in dogs today – especially purebred dogs.
Inherited health problems often don't show up for months, even years. 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.
I can show you how to lessen the risk of inherited health problems in your new dog.
Problem #3: Your puppy starts growling or acting fearful as he grows up. Your trainer says these temperament problems were 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!
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.
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 explain how to 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! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening my eyes and making me a more aware puppy buyer."
– Carol Zell
Step 2: Where should you get your dog?
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 the puppies.
I tell you the exact questions you should ask each potential source. I tell you 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. If people would only test puppies with the tests you've suggested, they would stand a much better chance of getting the right puppy for them!"
– Jim Johansen
Step 3: Which individual dog should you pick?
In Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams......
I'll 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 how to watch out for "red flags" that indicate potential behavior problems like hyperactivity, stubbornness, shyness, or aggression
I'll tell 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 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 about health clearance tests. Some people will 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 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 will help you avoid puppies that are more likely to have expensive and heartbreaking health problems. I'll show you how.
"It was my dog buying bible."
"I have a great new puppy, thanks entirely to your book! It was my dog buying bible.
I passed over something like a dozen puppies that would probably have turned out badly and I kept searching until I found my dream puppy, Cheyenne.
Now that I have the perfect puppy I'm going to raise her according to the advice in your other books about dog training and health. Thanks Michelle for helping my family's dreams come true."
– 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 want to 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. Here are the 6 books you will get for free:
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.... Most people would prefer a breed that doesn't have many health problems. But it's difficult to find honest information because breeders don't want to admit to problems in their favorite breed. But I've done the digging for you! This book tells you the most 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: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams PLUS your 6 free bonus books cover all the bases of finding and training and caring for your 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, tablet, or phone.
- Works on Windows, Macs, iPads and iPhones, Android tablets and phones, Kindle Fire
- Takes less than 30 seconds (with a high-speed connection) to download. Remember, you came to the Internet to find information right now.... well, that's exactly what you get with my ebooks. You can start reading about choosing and finding the best dog for your family – right now.
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- Frequently asked questions about ebooks
Will you tell me how to download the book?
Yes, when you order the book, you'll be taken immediately to your own personal download page, where you'll find step-by-step instructions for downloading. It's very easy.
Do I have to come back to your website to read the book?
No, you save it onto your own computer or mobile device. Then you'll always have it and can read it whenever you want.
How do I read the ebook?
With Adobe Reader if you have a Windows or Mac computer, or if you have an Android mobile device. You use iBooks If you have an iPad or iPhone.
Can I print the ebook if I want to?
Yes, you can print the entire book (345 pages), or just the pages you're interested in.
Is there a Table of Contents?
Yes, Adobe Reader and iBooks have a clickable table of contents that 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're still a little uncertain about downloading, try this free practice download.
Or if you prefer, I can put the eBooks on a computer CD and mail it to you. This is not an audio CD that you listen to. It has the exact same ebooks you would get if you downloaded them, so you will still read them on your computer screen.
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
I offer a 30-day money back guarantee. Plain and simple, if you're not satisfied with my book within 30 days, I'll refund your money (shipping is not refundable on CDs). 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 0.1%. That means 999 people out of a thousand are satisfied. I'm pretty happy about that!
To sum up....
You want to get a dog and I know you're excited. But pause for just a moment. Think about the next 10 to 15 years. That's how long your dog will probably be with you.
For 10 to 15 years, the dog will either be a joy to live with OR he will be stressful to live with, with unhappy behavioral or health issues.
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. Your free bonus books will help you train, feed, and care for your dog. Then he 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?
Order "Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams" – $24
What kind of dog is best for you? Where should you get your dog? Which individual dog should you pick? Purebred, crossbred, or mixed? Male or female? Puppy or adult? Buy from a breeder? Adopt from rescue?
I will guide you through your journey of choosing and finding your new best friend... then I'll show you how to raise and train him to be a healthy, well-behaved companion. Everything is covered!
The best kind of dog for you. The best gender. The best age. The best places to find your dog. How to pick the best puppy or adult dog.
All the words your new dog needs to know, plus calmness, gentleness, acceptance of being handled, obedience training, housebreaking, and solving behavior problems.
Plus feeding, vaccinations, grooming, safety, exercise, neutering, symptom checker, health problems, inexpensive at-home treatments, and more.... so your new dog will live a long, healthy life and seldom need to visit the vet.
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