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Michele Welton with some of her published books

Author and dog trainer Michele Welton with some of her published books.

About Michele Welton | Your Purebred Puppy

Ralph and Michele Welton with Buffy The Vampire Slayer

With my husband Ralph, and 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 18 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.

I don't just follow the crowd. I tell you the truth as I see it. Honest advice about dogs is what our website is all about.

Blue Chihuahua and cream Miniature Poodle

Mouse and Buffy. Mouse is a blue Chihuahua – yes, it really is called blue, even though it's gray. Buffy is a cream Miniature Poodle, clipped to look like a normal dog instead of the frou-frou look!

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

Beside her is our Chihuahua, Mouse. A rescue group diagnosed her with a liver tumor and skin disease, and scheduled her for euthanasia. So we stepped in and took her, and happily, we got those health problems under control.

Unhappily, Mouse was also born with a serious neurological disorder called syringomyelia, which reminds us each day just how precious and fragile life is.

Jenna, Papillon

Jenna, our toy-obsessed Papillon

Finally, lest you think that all small dogs are lap-sitting cuddlebugs.... meet Jenna.

Jenna is a 7-pound Papillon who is loaded with energy and obsessed with fetching squeaky balls and toys. For hours. And hours. Here's what all of Jenna's pictures look like.

Buffy and Jenna

Buffy and Jenna-Plus-Ball.


Trainer, Instructor, Consultant, Author

Kelly and Princess

Kelly and Princess, the first dogs I ever trained, when I was a teenager. They were such happy dogs, as well as well-trained. I can show you how to have a happy, obedient dog, too.

I've loved and trained larger dogs, too. German Shepherds. Golden Retrievers. Doberman Pinschers. Beaucerons. Irish Wolfhounds. Norwegian Elkhounds. Great Danes. Beagles. Italian Greyhounds. And more.

In New England, I founded the K-Mac Training Center. In Southern California, I founded 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 34 THOUSAND dog lovers visit us each day... that's over 12 MILLION dog lovers each year.

I'm so glad you've joined us!

Just for fun....

Michele skating

Yes, that's me when I played on a women's hockey team. Those were the days!

I grew up in New England playing and coaching baseball, playing ice hockey, and riding horses in barrel racing and gymkhana events.

Flash-forward a few decades to now.... you'll find me reading and writing books, 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!"

Michele Welton with BuffyAbout the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

My best-selling books will help you train and care for your dog

book coverRespect Training For Puppies: 30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved puppy. For puppies 2 to 18 months old. Your puppy will learn the 21 skills that all family dogs need to know.
If your dog is over 18 months, you'll want book coverRespect Training For Adult Dogs: 30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved dog. Again your dog will learn the 21 skills that all family dogs need to know.
book coverTeach Your Dog 100 English Words is a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your adult dog to listen to you and do what you say.
book cover11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy helps your dog live a longer, healthier life.
book coverDog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams will help you find a good-tempered, healthy family companion.