Sorry maybe I shouldnt read while other things are going on around me, I thought you posted Puyallup, WACongrats on your new pup and becoming member on this site. It took me three yers to become a member and I definitely wish I would have done so when Sasha was a 8 Weeks old. We live in the Puyallup/Graham area, of you need anything other than ear crop recommendations let me know. As far as Ear cropping in the area, there is a vet in the Parkland area. I have heard he has been cropping for a long time, other than him I woudnt reccomend you going to anyone in the local area. If I was to do it all over again I would take everyone elses advice and take a trip North of the border! Sasha's had hers done by Vet from the East coast that was in the local area for a month, sorry I couldn't be more of a help wth the ear cropping. As far as food goes, you will get a number of different responses with that topic, I would say stay with 5 star food Companies, ACANA, Orejen, and Instinst. I spent a lot of trial and error with Sasha due to her senistive stomach. AND as far as training goes, just worry about building a strong bond with him for the first month while rewarding good behaviors. I wouldnt suggest spanking, yelling, or any form of E collars like some trianers use. When you do decide to start the formal training past your own ability there is place right off of Canyon road called Canyon crest K9 there is a well known K9 trainer by the name of Ron Pace, I am actually thinking about starting Sasha in one of his K9 classes. Hope this help!