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Our family is in the researching stage, and this is where I hope you can help us.<br><br>
I am also curious if there are any particular breeds you would recommend for a family with 3 young children (1 yr, 3 yrs, 5 yrs).<br><br>
We live in a townhouse with a smallish, fenced, backyard.<br><br>
I am a stay-at-home mom, so there will be lots of time to spend with a puppy, and my husband and I look forward to the time spent walking a dog.<br><br>
Our 3-yr old is nervous around large dogs, due to a negative experience with a hyper black lab her grandparents own. She is fine around 'baby' dogs - puppies or small dogs, but takes time to warm up to others.<br><br>
We also have an 8-yr old cat (a humane society adopted kitty who has been with us for over 7 years now), she is spayed.<br><br>
We would definitely be interested in crate training, and likely clicker training as well.<br><br>
Also - are there any particular brands of foods / toys / etc that you specifically recommend or recommend against using ?<br><br>
I appreciate any information you can give us.<br><br>
This is a decision we do not want to make lightly, as we know that bringing an animal into the family is a long-term commitment, and we want to make the best choice possible, not only for us, but for the dog as well.<br><br>
Thank you so very much.
 

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If you click on either link in my signature and then on "articles," there's one in there on choosing a breed.<br><br>
Under "diet" info on raw food.<br><br>
I generally recommend against going cheap--on food, treats, toys. You really do get what you pay for. Here are some sites for gear, books, etc.:<br><br>
dogwise.com<br>
sitstay.com<br>
cleanrun.com (under "store" and "dog gear")<br><a href="http://www.whitedogbone.com/" target="_blank">http://www.whitedogbone.com/</a> has the best beds<br><br>
Website: yourpurebredpuppy.com is the ONLY breed selection site I recommend. Most others are just trying to sell you puppies.<br><br>
Good luck! As you come up with specific questions, post them and I'll channel Shannon the best I can to answer them.
 

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I'll be honest - I think I'm too squeamish to do raw foods.<br><br>
I know that that's not going to be a popular response around here, but I'd be more comfortable using a good quality kibble, and possibly look at supplementing it with raw foods.<br><br>
I'll check out the links though, thank you.
 

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For high quality kibble, try <a href="http://www.championpetfoods.com/orijen/orijen/" target="_blank">Orijen</a>, our pug was doing very poorly on raw since his severe underbite seems to prevent him from doing an major chewing, so we have put him or Orijen and I think its fantastic. Its also Canadian made!
 

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Thank you andrea - I'll take a look for it.
 
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