Hello everyone, long time no see!
I'm hoping to get a puppy sometime in the next few years. I'm REALLY hoping I can make it work next year. This is the first time I'll be raising a pup, and I'd like to get some training books to help me out. The dog I'll be getting is a collie, and I plan to use positive reinforcement. I've watched and used methods from both Caesar Millan and Victoria Stilwell, and I respect both of them, so please do not turn this into a debate about them. That said, I believe Caesar's methods are stronger than what a collie requires (I grew up with a collie and a collie mix), so I'm looking for a book that strictly uses positive reinforcement. Any discipline I use will be a finger snap or hand clap followed by a firm "No!" or "Ah!"
There are two things I'd like to have in my book(s): raising a puppy and what to expect at what stages, and training a dog the basics using only positive reinforcement. I'd also love it if the book could have some troubleshooting and it has to have a decent amount of pictures that show me what I'm supposed to be doing. I am open to crate training and clicker training, although I've never used either of them. If I can find a local trainer to help me, I'll do that, but I'd still like to have the books to help me prepare and learn at home.
It's been a few years since I've frequented this forum, so I don't know what the "atmosphere" is like anymore, but there at least used to be a lot of very knowledgeable dog people. I'm hoping you guys can help me find the right book or books!