For those among us who love dogs, it's difficult to exaggerate the joy man's best friend brings to our lives. We pamper them as one of our own children. We spare no expense in spoiling them with treats and lavishing them with attention. When we encounter a canine of another kindred spirit, we give ourselves away instantly by excitedly squeaking out adoring phrases in that silly voice reserved for our own dogs. Putting words into their mouths is our favorite pastime. Letting them up on the bed is our favorite exercise in exception-making. Still, despite all these traits of devotion and affection us, that does not always guarantee that we know all there is to know about training a pet and raising them to be happy, well-adjusted dogs. Love alone will not turn your puppy into the perfect dog, but knowledge of the dos-and don'ts, along with diligent preparation can go a long way in ensuring that you and your dog have a happy and harmonious relationship. Let these 21 steps guide you in raising the happiest of hounds, the most perfect pooches, the quintessential canine nurtured to bring you many years of joy.