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Choosing & Finding a Good Dog

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

Balance scalePros and Cons of Owning a Dog
Should you get a dog? I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.... [read more]


Dog Breed Traits – Which Traits Are Right For You?

In this brand new series, I'll help you decide which dog breed traits would best suit you and your family, your home and yard, and your lifestyle, so you can choose the best dog breed for your family.

Purebreed dogsThe Truth About Purebred Dogs
Don't get a purebred dog until you read the positives AND negatives.... [read more]

Crossbreed designer dog The Truth About Crossbred Dogs
Goldendoodles, labradoodles, cockapoos, schnoodles, puggles.....a crossbred dog has a parent of one breed, and the other parent of a different breed. Pros and cons of crossbreed dogs.... [read more]

Purebred dogs The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs
On a website called, you might be surprised to see an article about mixed breed dogs. But "mutts" can be great choices for people who want a stable, healthy family pet.... [read more]

Puppy, adult dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
Pros and cons of different ages: young puppy, older puppy, adolescent dog, adult dog.... what's the best age for you? [read more]

Dog breeder How To Find a Good Dog Breeder
Most dog breeders are not experts who carefully breed the healthiest, best-tempered dogs to be great family pets. Most dog breeders, in fact, are like Margie Denton.... [read more]

Pedigree parchment Are "AKC Papers" Important?
Should you only buy AKC registered puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter? [read more]

Girl hugging a dog Adopting a Dog From Rescue
Pros and cons of adopting a dog from a rescue group.... [read more]

Little brown dog saying Pick Me! Adopting a Dog From The Animal Shelter
How to find a good dog at the animal shelter or humane society. [read more]

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs Female Dogs
Male dogs and female dogs have different characteristics as pets. Is a male or a female right for you? [read more]

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter. [read more]

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies
Should you consider buying a puppy from a pet store? [read more]

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 – now available  FREE  on my website

book coverRespect Training For Puppies: 30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved puppy is for puppies 2 to 18 months old. Your puppy will learn the 21 skills that all family dogs need to know. Click here to read for free.
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. Click here to read for free.
book cover11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy helps your dog live a longer, healthier life. Get my honest advice about all 11 Things before you bring home your new puppy, because some mistakes with early health care cannot be undone. Click here to read for free.