Once you have purchased your dog, training is the second most important decision you must make. Whatever breed you decide on or age you purchase him at the most important thing you can do is to have professional training right from the start. Too many people will put out the money for the above mentioned items and when it comes to training they will say "that's too expensive". Training your dog from the start will save you hours of frustration and money to replace damaged furniture, chewed woodwork, shoes, clothing, not to mention barking, or pulling your arm out the socket every time you go for a walk. These costs add up quickly and you will have an uncontrollable dog. No one wants a four legged terror.
Once again, do your research. Don't be afraid to ask questions of the trainers you interview. How long have you been in business, are you certified, do you use spike collars or shake cans (fear training), do you use food (bribery)? All of these questions should help you in making your decisions as to what trainer you want to work with. You should feel comfortable with the trainer and how he interacts with you and your dog.
Don't cheat yourself, your family, and most importantly your dog. Bonding correctly from the beginning is the most important part of your relationship and will bring many years of happiness to all of you.
When you are ready to have a dog join your family, choosing the right breed is the first and most important decision you will make. Remember that your dog will be with you for many years to come, you want these years to be happy and rewarding for both you and your dog.
Do your research. Buying a dog should NEVER be an impulse buy. Just because your friend has a certain breed and you think it is cute or a movie that is popular has a dog that is smart does not necessarily mean that this breed will be the best for you or your family.
Raising a dog is fun but it is also expensive and this must be taken into consideration. There is the cost of the dog, the equipment, pet supplies, vet bills, toys, grooming, and the list goes on. You need to decide if you should have a male or female, who will be home to feed him or her every day, as well as give him or her exercise. All of this must be thought out very carefully before making your purchase.