We are the proud new owners of a 7 month old chocolate lab. Fate was on our side Saturday because as we were walking out of the animal shelter a lady was coming in with him to give him up. They lived in an apt. and he had been living on the balcony with not much attention she said. He looked at us with the please help me look and we brought him home. He is a wonderful dog and I do mean wonderful. He is very attached to the kids and wants to be right with them everywhere they go. Which is nice because we live in a remote area of Alaska and this is exactly why we wanted a dog. He is so protective of them as well. My daughter fell down yesterday outside and was crying,he flew to her,nudged her until she stood up and then he took her by the arm ever so carefully and walked slowly with her to the front door. I know he has never been taught this so I am amazed. He has fairly good manners and is learning very quickly using what I have read here about NILF. He still pulls a little on the leash,but has picked up sit and knows crate and will go from anyroom in the house and get in his crate. So here is where I need help. I am 127 miles from the closest real town which means there are no dog trainers for me to go to. I would like to find some books to read and maybe some DVDs to watch to help train him. It is important to me to teach him using not only words but hand commands because if we were to encounter a moose I don't want to be yelling at him for my or his safety.