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.

By Michele Welton, Dog Trainer, Breed Selection Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books

Miniature Poodle puppy, Buffy

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.

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.

Look again at the puppy pic above... 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.

Buffy and Jenna

Buffy doesn't shed. Jenna does. Buffy needs to be clipped every 6 weeks. Jenna needs regular combing and trimming. Buffy loves everyone. Jenna is standoffish. Buffy is moderately active. Jenna is extremely active and will chase her ball for hours. Very different dogs!

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.

man puzzling over a newspaperYou 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! :D


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.

dog pulling wildly on leash

Wrong dog, maybe?

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.

Sick dog

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.

dog growling at owner

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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373 pages

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:

  1. What kind of dog is best for you.
  2. Where to get your dog.
  3. Which individual dog you should pick.

Puppies, choosing a dog breed

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......

checkmarkI help you sort out what kind of dog to get – the pros and cons of purebred dogs, crossbreed dogs, and mixed breed dogs.

checkmarkI explain how to choose the right breed based on 17 key characteristics

checkmarkI compare male and female dogs so you can make an informed decision about which gender would be best for you.

checkmarkI 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.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

"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

Puppies in a cage

Should you get your dog from a breeder? Rescue group? Animal shelter? I'll help you decide.

Step 2: Where should you get your dog?

In Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams......

checkmarkI review animal shelters and humane societies, rescue groups, show breeders, performance breeders, pet breeders, pet shops, and private owners giving their dogs away.

checkmarkI 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.

checkmarkI 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.

Rat Terrier

"Your advice on picking out a puppy....."

" 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

Puppies with their mother

Which one should you choose? One of the puppies? Or perhaps the mother dog! I can help you decide.

Step 3: Which individual dog should you pick?

In Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams......

checkmarkI'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

checkmarkI'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.

checkmarkFinally, 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. Since you want to be totally prepared for that, you should read up on training and caring for your new dog BEFORE you bring him home.

That's why I'm GIVING you 7 of my books on training and health care.... free.... when you order Dog Quest. Here are the 7 books you will get for free:

Teach Your Dog 100 English Words Teach Your Dog 100 English Words Free dog training book

Teach Your Dog 100 English Words

Bonus Book # 1.... Make your dog the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had. Follow my Respect Training and Vocabulary program and your dog will listen to your words and do what you say. Also includes games, activities, and tricks!

11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy Free dog health book

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 From Nose To Tail Symptom Checker From Nose To Tail Free dog health book

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 for 165 Dog Breeds Purebred Problems: Health Profiles for 165 Dog Breeds Free dog health book

Purebred Problems: Health Profiles By Breed

Bonus Book # 4.... It's hard to find honest information about health problems because breeders don't want to admit to problems in their favorite breed. But I've done the digging for you! Now you'll know which health problems to be especially watchful for in your breed.

Safest Remedies: Treatment Options Safest Remedies: Treatment Options Free dog health book

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 Test Your Dog's IQ Free dog health book

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!

Respect Training For Puppies Respect Training For Adult Dogs Respect Training For Puppies Respect Training For Adult Dogs Free training book

Respect Training – (choose one)

Bonus Book # 7.... Your choice: Respect Training For Puppies or Respect Training For Adult Dogs.

Follow my Respect Training Program and your pup will be calm, polite, and well-behaved.

Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams PLUS your 7 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.

30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

Money back guaranteeI 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. 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 7 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"

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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!

checkmarkThe 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.

checkmarkAll the words your new dog needs to know, plus calmness, gentleness, acceptance of being handled, obedience training, housebreaking, and solving behavior problems.

checkmarkPlus 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.

If you have a puppy 2 to 18 months old (or if you're planning to get a PUPPY)... you'll want this package of 8 books for $24

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If you have an adult dog over 18 months old (or if you're planning to get an adult dog)... you'll want this package of 8 books for $24

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