Hi everyone. I'm here with my best friend Izzie, a seven month old pup. I joined here looking for ideas on new games to play with my pup and for tips on how to better communicate with my fur-buddy. I adopted my puppy when she was eight weeks old during a Petco Adoption Drive. The story I was told was she was was placed in a cardboard box, along with her twin sister, and abandoned in front of a vet's office. The vet contacted a local non-profit rescue group, she spent a week with her foster parents, until I found her and promised her a forever home. I've never adopted a puppy before and as my luck would have it she has horrible case of Separation Anxiety and an extreme fear of crates, but that's okay. We're making progress one day at a time and she has her whole life to over come her fears. One advantage of her having SA is that she has one heck of a recall. I've been watching hours upon hours of video on youtube and elsewhere from DogStarDaily by Dr. Ian Dunbar, KikoPup by Emily Larlham, and Inside Out Dog Training by Jason Ray. I signed up to TawzerDog's video rental program and ordered everything by Emily. If anyone here has used TawzerDog.com's DVD rental service and has suggestions on what to rent, I'd love to hear from you!!! I'm still learning which trainers to trust and which to run away from. All the dog trainers that I've spoken to (over a dozen so far) in my area seem to prefer old school methods or take the "balanced" approach. However with my pup, I really only want to use positive only methods. Since I can't find any local trainers that I like, I'm also on the lookout for trainers who remote consultations via Skype or Google Chat. Never in my wildest dreams would I think I'd need to invest this much time into dog training, but it is what it is and I love my pup. Luckily, training is fun and overall she's a fantastic friend. My biggest problem is not "training her" but rather, it's my understanding what is realistic for her to learn and do.