Maybe you’ve seen this ditty passed around in an email:

Ten Rules for Being Human

1.  You will receive a body.
2. You will be presented with lessons.
3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.
4. Lessons are repeated until learned.
5. Learning does not end.
6. There is no better than Here.
7. Others are only mirrors of you.
8.What you make of your life is up to you.
9. All the answers lie inside of you.
10. You will forget all of this at birth.

It’s equally applicable for bringing home a new dog that will need lots of love, training, and patience.

Ten Rules for Raising a Wonderful Canine Companion

1.  You will receive a puppy/dog.
2.  This puppy/dog needs you to present it with lessons so it can learn what you expect.
3.  Your puppy’s attempts at learning are not mistakes, only lessons.
4.  You need to provide enough Lessons which are repeated until learned.
5.  Learning does not end. Remember, every encounter you have with your dog is training — intended or not.
6.  “There” is no better than “Here.” Training takes time. Don’t rush it or wish it away.
7.  Your dogs are only mirrors of you. If you are scattered and inconsistent, those are the results you’ll get with your dog.
8.  What you make of your dog is up to you.
9.  All the answers lie inside of you. The “Experts” can only take you so far and then you have to trust that you know your dog best.
10. You will forget all of this each time you go back to the well to find another puppy/dog to bring home.

To help you remember, when you do go back to the well, here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order.

Because so many people don’t fully understand a dog’s body language, this book shows how to correctly read your dog’s signals.






My all-time favorite read on building a better relationship with our dogs.  This was the book that really turned me around and opened my eyes back in the early days with Kiera and Magic.







Great all-round training book.







If you’re living with a “difficult” dog, this book will help you turn all that around.





Some of her theory on dominance is a bit dated but good info on how to take good care of your beloved companion from birth to death.








Some good ideas and tips you won’t find in other traditional training books.






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If you have a favorite book or two, please share.