Originally Posted by formula86
also - never ever paper/puppy pad train the pup if you are planning on wanting it to go outside (which i'm sure you are with a bully breed). it takes forever to break the "going inside" habit. just crate train and take them outside only.
Well, I would agree with this most of the time, but for some special circumstances I think it's good to combine the two.
For example, I would have NEVER gotten Seamus potty-trained if I didn't combine the two. By the time we got outside (when we lived in the apartment) after I noticed he was about to have an accident, he didn't know to connect pottying and the outside. He had already dribbled pee in the house, down the stairs and sidewalk before we reached the grass.
So, paper-training isn't ALWAYS bad, but I say reserve it for EXTREMELY special cases. Taking the dog outside immediately is great, but it's very difficult if you live in an apartment and the yard is not immediately available to you.
As for books, The Puppy Training from the Dummies series is one I liked reading. But also, a good search on the web will turn up many sites that give tidbits of information which are useful.
Can't wait to hear more about your search for a puppy!