For Pet Parents
We rescued our beagle-basset in November 2016. I hadn't had a dog since I was a child and was really scared. I didn't want to make a mistake. He's a wonderful dog and I had a very steep learning curve. I didn't know the terminology, what to feed him, how to train him--you name it--I had to learn it. Here are some of the sites and information I found helpful.
What I learned:
A pet will give you more love and joy that you can imagine.
They require work, patience and understanding--also more than you can imagine.
Adopt from a shelter unless you have a compelling need otherwise. Save a life.
Before you get a pet, think if you have the time to take care of him or her. If you aren't sure, consider fostering or volunteering at a shelter.
Read, take classes, learn about their care. Research breeds as to what pet might fit into your lifestyle the best.
Join Facebook groups where you can ask questions (see below). You are not alone.
Positive reinforcement is considered the best training technique.
Your pet has his/her own personality. Embrace it.
He/she is not messing the house to upset you. If you are away and come back to a mess, there is no point in punishing your pet. He/she won't remember or understand.
He/she may have issues such as separation anxiety. Be understanding and get him/her the help needed. Don't punish--it will only increase the level of anxiety.
Listed below are links you might find helpful. CareerMutt is about all pets, but my experience is only with dogs. Please reach out with additional sites you find helpful and we will update the list.
Selecting a Pet
15 Tips for Getting Started With the Clicker, Karen Pryor (for those who want to try clicker training)
5 Things to Know About a Dog's Threshold, Whole Dog Journal
Fenzi Dog Sports Academy (They offer online and other training courses, which are affordable at the "bronze" level.)
Pet First Aid