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At the very top of my recommended reading list is The Art of Raising a Puppy, written by The Monks of New Skete. An incredibly informative book that every new puppy owner should read. Even seasoned dog owners can benefit from this book. I myself still refer to it from time to time. A great refresher! 

Baxter and Bella - BUY IT! This is an online puppy training school, DIY style. You can train your pup in the comfort of your own home, moving at your own pace. They have a wonderful section dedicated to "pre-puppy" to help you get ready to bring the pup home. There is a lifetime of support, chat support, Facebook group, podcasts, bonus emails .... it's quite comprehensive. Much of it is geared toward family involvement, which is so important. This promotes consistency, so that everyone in the household is following the same protocols - keeps doggie from being confused! And your kids will love teaching their new best friend. It creates a deep, rich bond, not to mention a well behaved pupper. This will be the best money you spend. At checkout, use my approved breeder code to save 25%: GVDLOVE

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