What Dog Should I Get?
You should always choose a dog that suites your lifestyle. Spend the time to research the characteristics of each breed: personality, skills, energy level, color, exercise requirements, living conditions, health issues, life expectancy and size.
Dogs exhibit a wide array of human-like personality traits. An advantage to buying a purebred dog is that you can know, to a large degree, what your dog will be like when it grows into an adult.
Training: You are the Alpha Dog
There is plenty of advice and recommended training methods out there, it's easy to get overwhelmed and confused. That's the bad news. The GOOD news is that training a dog is simple once you understand a few of the most important factors in your favor. Here are the two most important things to know:
So, to make training your dog easy, FIRST do the things necessary to establish yourself as the leader, the rest is easy.
Dog crates can be a good thing. But, as with anything, too much of a good thing can be bad. The question is: how much is too much? There seems to be a wide range of opinions and the question truly may not have one definitive answer. A large percentage never crate, but chose a safe room to confine the dog. A small number crate their dogs initially.