///////////////////////////////////////////////// / Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever / / & New Friends for the 3DS / / / / / / LAST UPDATE: December 11, 2012 / / VERSION: 1.07 / / AUTHOR NAME: Heather Cattles (Muku6) / / EMAIL: irisdrakon (at) yahoo (dot) com / ///////////////////////////////////////////////// ============================================================================== Table of Contents ============================================================================== I. Updates [UPDATE] II. About This Guide [AGUIDE] III. Becoming an Owner [NWOWNR] IV. Places of Interest [POFINT] V. Unlocking Things [ULODOG] VI. Journal / AR Cards [JANARS] VII. Spot Pass / Street Pass [STRPSS] VIII. Items [NCITMS] IX. Tricks [TRICKS] X. Owner Points [OPOINT] XI. FAQ [NDCFAQ] XII. Credits [CRDITS] XIII. Author Notes [ANOTES] ============================================================================== I. Updates [UPDATE] ============================================================================== December 11, 2012 - Thank you to Meow Mix for giving me a bit of information. Price tag has been added to High Heel. May 08, 2012 - Added a President. Thank you to Kirby-4-ever! You don't have to have a GameFAQ name to be thanked. Any nickname works! - Small blurb added in Credits section. Any nickname works, so I can give credit to folks. January 28, 2012 - I've added three new questions to the FAQ section. Things I'm seeing come up and/or questions that have been directed to me. - "How do I restart this game completely?" - "Can my dog have puppies?" / "Can my cat have kittens?" - "Where can I get AR codes for this game?" January 17, 2012 - Special Guest addition of Bill Clinton. - Small adjustments here and there. - Included in Becoming an Owner where I discuss my own dog eating trash and not seeing any negatives, a side note that links to another portion of the FAQ that links to a site that states letting your dog eat trash can result in the loss of Owner Points. - An additional note has been made to Stardust in the unlocking section. November 22, 2011 - Special Guests: Added Woodrow Wilson. Forgot I never got a notification for Calvin Coolidge, so have added him to the list as well. - Also, slightly rearranged the way the Special Guests information is displayed. - Accessory Shop: several items have been added to item list here. - Modo Homes: several items have been added to the Furniture list. - Recyclable Materials: Added full description of Plastic. October 08, 2011 - Note has been made to Stardust in the Unlocking Things [ULODOG] section. - Note has been added right before I delve into information about the competitions regarding ties. - Victory Crown added to Items list. More specifically other items area which can be found at [NC-OTRITM]. - Added Tricks needed in order to participate in Nintendogs Cup of the Obedience Competition. - Added another way to obtain presents, that I've neglected to add until now, about how to obtain them in this manner. Found at [NW-LT-PRSNTS] - Added a section in Spot Pass / Street Pass area that lists the guests I've had come to my town. September 21, 2011 - Finished up the dog breed section. [NW-LADOPT] - Added items to pet supply store [NC-PETSPS], secondhand shop [NC-SCDHSP], and Accessories [NC-ACCESS]. Many thanks goes out to BlastBurnBoy for providing me the information in this update. Much appreciated! - Corrected a couple of typos in the items list as well, including Faux- Python and Metal-Link Necklace. September 17, 2011 - Updating the Contest section, more specifically the Obedience Competition information. - Items added to Secondhand shop list. - Apparently my FAQ section shared the same search code as the Tricks section as an oversight. This has now been corrected to correctly match that of the one you see in the Table of Contents. - Have corrected some typos and such I've found while reading through again. September 11, 2011 - Spent the past several days working on the layout and setting up this whole FAQ. Most information should be here. Couple of sections I will be working on as time goes on is the Items and subsection of Becoming an Owner. Specifically the contest section. I'll be updating it with additional information regarding Obedience Trials as time goes on. Other sections may get more information added, just keep an eye on updates here to see all the changes made. ============================================================================== II. About This Guide [AGUIDE] ============================================================================== This guide is meant as a guide to assist someone new to the Nintendogs franchise, but also to assist those coming from Nintendogs on the DS to Nintendogs + Cats. While the version of this game I own is Golden Retriever & New Friends, this guide can help for all versions. Ultimately, all dogs become available even if you play by yourself. It's just when you start out, you're limited to the dogs your version starts you off with. ============================================================================== III. Becoming an Owner [NWOWNR] ============================================================================== So you've purchased (or received) a copy of Nintendogs + Cats for the 3DS and are now ready to become an owner! There is a lot to know before buying your first pet. Here, I'll cover the basics of what you should know about the dogs and cats you will meet among many other important details to owning a new pet. Before we get started, a random thing you might like to know that I found out on accident one day. While on the 3DS main menu, if you have the Nintendogs + Cats game as the selected option and blow into the microphone, you'll make the dog spin around faster. Found this out while trying to blow something off my screen one day. --------------------------------------------------- Which Version? [NW-VRSION] Dogs & Cats, Living Together! [NW-DOGCAT] Let's Adopt! [NW-LADOPT] Strange Faces, Unfamiliar Places [NW-SFUNPL] Time To Learn [NW-TM2LRN] Happy, Healthy Pet [NW-HAHPET] To Town We Go! [NW-LTSWLK] Time To Make Money. . . [NW-CONTST] --------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------- >> Which Version? [NW-VRSION] ----------------------------------------------------------------- So now comes the question, which version has what dogs? Well, the version doesn't so much matter, as ultimately you'll be able to unlock the dogs from the other versions as well through playing the game. What may matter for you is what dogs you start off with. This is the main reason you'll want a specific version to start off with. Let's take a look at what version each has to offer in the beginning: NINTENDOGS + CATS: FRENCH BULLDOG & NEW FRIENDS -French Bulldog -Shetland Sheepdog -English Cocker Spaniel -Chihuahua -Dalmation -Yorkshire Terrier -German Shepherd -Siberian Husky -Basset Hound NINTENDOGS + CATS: GOLDEN RETRIEVER & NEW FRIENDS -Golden Retriever -Shiba Inu -Beagle -Miniature Pinscher -Miniature Dachshund -Maltese -Great Dane -Pug -Cocker Spaniel NINTENDOGS + CATS: TOY POODLE & NEW FRIENDS -Toy Poodle -Pembroke Welsh Corgi -Miniature Schnauzer -Boxer -Labrador Retriever -Shih Tzu -Jack Russel Terrier -Bull Terrier -Pomeranian That is the list of the dog breeds available. This is still mainly a game about owning a dog. However, the addition of cats has been made. Each game comes with three cat breeds, all of them are the same. These cat breeds are: Standard, Oriental, and Longhair. We will cover more about these particular breeds of dogs and cats further in. There are some items that are exclusive to each version. Generally, it's a color swap, but I'd recommend checking out Version Exclusive Items section [NC-VEREXC] to see this list. ----------------------------------------------------------------- >> Dogs & Cats, Living Together! [NW-DOGCAT] ----------------------------------------------------------------- Now you can have dogs and cats living together under the same roof if you so choose! So, what are the major differences? It's pretty much the same as it is in life. Each animal has it's own nature. But the one thing that still stands true for this game is the difference between dogs and cats. Dogs will be like you know them. Happy-go-lucky, excited to see his/her master, and do what he/she can to please their master. You'll be able to teach them tricks, take them on walks, play with them, pet them, brush them, feed them, run through contests, and all sorts of things. The game is built around you owning at least one dog. So if you were hoping for a game that focuses just as heavily on cats than it does dogs, then I'm afraid you have the wrong game. Cats, on the other hand, are very much on their own. They don't really come over to you as much, sometimes it can take several calls over before your cat will heed your call, you cannot teach them tricks or take them out on walks, but I will admit that administering bath time to my two kittens in game is a lot easier than it is to give baths to cats in real life. Cats like high places, so if you can purchase tall furniture for them to climb on, they will be happy campers. Kittens will sometimes find presents, even though you can't take them on walks. When you come back to the game from whatever it was you were doing, it will say something along the lines of your kitten finding some- thing! Your kitten will come running from just outside the door of your place with wrapped box in mouth. Your cats and dogs will get along together, but I imagine some of their personalities may helps with that. I have a Shiba Inu who loves to play with toys. The first cat I got, I can't recall his nature, but he doesn't play with my dog that much. I recently picked up a second cat who likes to play with others. She and my dog get along well, and now my dog can keep busy for a much longer time by taunting my newer cat with a toy she won't give up easily. Just keep in mind, that both kittens and puppies love their owners. Especially if you treat them well and tend to them often. When you come in game, they'll be all over themselves to get to you and jump on you and maybe even lick you! If you aren't as attentive, they will be a little more distant, I've noticed while experimenting with this game. Also, note that puppies and kittens will have different color sparkles over their heads, depending on what is going on (brushing, petting, playing with toys, etc.). This is just showing some level of happiness they are feeling with being fed, playing with their favorite toy or what not. It's good! So find those little places on your cute, little cuddly creature and give him a good scratching. ----------------------------------------------------------------- >> Let's Adopt! [NW-LADOPT] ----------------------------------------------------------------- Now you have a little background information on the differences and such, let's go take a trip to the kennel! If you're starting up a new game, tapping Start within the game software will take you to the kennel to find your new friend! You'll be given your choices of dogs from the start. Choose the one you're interested in. You'll come to another screen which allows you to choose the fur your new friend may come in. They even have an option of "Surprise me!" if you are feeling freaky. Once you've chosen, you'll be thrown into a pen with three dogs who are outrageously happy to see you. Choose one and start petting! After the initial meet and greet with the little one, you can tap the "Choose this dog" option to learn more about him or her. It will tell you the sex of your dog, the breed, and the nature of him or her. The cost will also be listed along with the buttons "Cancel" and "Buy". From here you can choose to go back and maybe find a critter with a different nature, sex, or maybe you want to look at different breeds altogether. Make sure to choose your new friend wisely! Names are in brackets for easy searching! Here's an overview of the DOGS available: ========================================= [BASSET HOUND] ($1,280) Originally from France, this breed is known for its long ears and adorable short legs. (Tricolor, Lemon & White, Surprise me!) [BEAGLE] ($1,280) Although small in stature, this sporting English breed boasts a densely muscled frame. (Tricolor, Lemon & White, Surprise me!) [BOXER] ($1,280) A German breed, the Boxer's muscular frame was used to its advantage as a fighting dog. (Fawn, Brindle, Surprise me!) [BULL TERRIER] ($1,280) This English breed is known for its charming egg-shaped head, strong guild, and jaunty gait. (White, Brindle & White, Red & White, Surprise me!) [CHIHUAHUA] ($1,580) The world's smallest dog originated in Mexico. Its large eyes and ears give it its charm. (Cream, Red & White, Tricolor, Surprise me!) [CAVALIER KING CHALRES SPANIEL] ($1,380) This British dog is distinguished by its noble bearing and elegant, silky ears. (Blenheim, Tricolor, Ruby, Surprise me!) [DALMATIAN] ($1,380) This Croatian breed has been used for security, hunting, and firefighting purposes. (With Spots, Surprise me!) [ENGLISH COCKER SPANIEL] ($1,380) This friendly English breed has a luxurious, wavy coat and long, pendulous ears. (Parti-Colored, Red, Surprise me!) [FRENCH BULLDOG] ($1,580) This French breed is known for its big, round eyes and rabbit-like ears that stick straight up. (Black & White, Brindle, Fawn, Surprise me!) [GERMAN SHEPHERD] ($1,280) This herder hails from Germany. Its high intelligence makes it a good rescue dog. (Black & Tan, Sable, Surprise me!) [GOLDEN RETRIEVER] ($1,580) This large breed originated in Scotland and boasts a wavy coat and fine temperament. (Golden, Surprise me!) [GREAT DANE] ($1,480) This proud German breed is known for its massive size and powerful, muscular frame. (Mantle, Harlequin, Fawn, Surprise me!) [JACK RUSSELL TERRIER] ($1,480) This English dog hides in its diminutive frame the speed and energy of a horse. (Lemon & White, Black & White, Surprise me!) [LABRADOR RETRIEVER] ($1,380) Prized for its intelligence and gentle disposition, this English breed is a great guide dog. (Yellow, Black, Chocolate, Surprise me!) [MALTESE] ($1,380) Receiving its name from the island of Malta, this breed boasts a silky, pure-white coat. (White) [MINIATURE DACHSHUND] ($1,380) This breed from Germany is unmistakable, with its very long torso and short legs. (Red, Black & Tan, Surprise me!) [MINIATURE PINSCHER] ($1,280) This German breed has a very appealing build and gait. (Black & Tan, Red, Surprise me!) [MINIATURE SCHNAUZER] ($1,480) This German breed carries itself with dignity. Its beard and eyebrows define the breed. (Pepper & Salt, Surprise me!) [PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI] ($1,380) This short-legged herder from Wales is light on its feet and has the stamina of larger dogs. (Sable & White, Tricolor, Surprise me!) [POMERANIAN] ($1,580) Originally from Germany, this breed is known for its luxurious coat and bright, shiny eyes. (Orange, Black & Tan, Parti-Colored, Surprise me!) [PUG] ($1,480) This breed originated in ancient China. Its wrinkly face and curly tail are its famed features. (Silver Fawn, Black, Apricot Fawn, Surprise me!) [SHETLAND SHEEPDOG] ($1,480) Bred in Scotland as a herding dog, its elegant coat and kind face make it a popular breed. (Sable & White, Bicolor, Tricolor, Surprise me!) [SHIBA INU] ($1,580) A breed originating in Japan, its small, muscular body and curly tail are its best features. (Red, Black & Tan, Surprise me!) [SHIH TZU] ($1,380) This breed from Tibet is known for its beautiful coat, lovable, round face, and curled tail. (Parti-Colored, Brindle & White, Surprise me!) [SIBERIAN HUSKY] ($1,380) Popularized in America as a sled dog, the Siberian husky recalls its ancestor, the wolf. (Black & White, Brown & White, Agouti & White, Surprise me!) [TOY POODLE] ($1,580) This breed originated in France and is known for its cuddly, plush coat. (Fluffy Muzzle, Clipped Muzzle, Surprise me!) [YORKSHIRE TERRIER] ($1,480) Bred in England, the Yorkie is small but strong. It's known for its silky coat. (Black & Tan, Surprise me!) Here's an overview of the CATS available: ========================================= [STANDARD] ($880) This well-proportioned kitten is healthy and playful--and not fussy about its owner. (Solid, Tabby, Spotted Tabby, Calico) [ORIENTAL] ($1,080) Its sleek body and well-defined face give this cat an air of wisdom and maturity. (Pointed, Smoke, Surprise me!) [LONGHAIR] ($1,280) This cat's luxuriously soft fur, short nose, and big, round eyes give it extra charm. (Pointed, Smoke, Surprise me!) Prices in parenthesis on the right are what I'm currently seeing in my game. I'm not sure if these ever go down or anything, but I'm including them to help give you an idea of cost. The parenthesis under the dogs and cats are the fur coat types they come in. ----------------------------------------------------------------- >> Strange Faces, Unfamiliar Places [NW-SFUNPL] ----------------------------------------------------------------- Once you've chosen your new friend, you and your new friend will appear back at your place. The game gives a nice walkthrough here, so follow the instructions given. Your dog will be in unfamiliar surroundings, so it will take a little bit for him or her to get accustomed to their new place. Spend this time making sure they are comfortably settling in. They will be wary, but take the time to pet and comfort your friend. You may even wish, if you picked up (or decide to now), a toy at the store, to try short play time with them. Anything to help them get settled in. Once your new pet has become settled, it will be time to give him or her a new name! (This process applies to cats as well. It took my first cat a long time to settle in, so was unaware until the next real day when I went into game they'd let me name him. So, if you can, stay with your pet, dog or cat, until they settle in so you can name them!) The game will walk you through the steps to name your pet. Make sure to speak clearly as the instructions say. Make sure you choose a name that is easy to say and recognizable by the game. Choosing something wild and crazy may lead to your pet not recognizing his or her name a lot of the time. Do note that while you are naming your pet, you do have a timer on the audio. If it times out, you may try again. If your pet doesn't recognize one time you say it, you will not have to repeat it all over again, just that particular try. You'll need to say the name three times for your pet to learn it. If your dog has sparkles around its head when you speak into the microphone, it means it is learning. So, until it has learned it's name, keep at it! Make sure once you have taught it its name to type it in! This will be how the game refers to your pet on menus and such. It is more for remembering the name of your pet for you, so make sure you pet the actual pet name there! ----------------------------------------------------------------- >> Time To Learn [NW-TM2LRN] ----------------------------------------------------------------- Your pet now has a name, but the game won't let you or your pet rest just yet. It will push for you to teach your pet a trick. The game will walk you through how to teach your pet a trick. Just follow them, and it should lead you to an easy time of teaching him or her to "sit". Follow the instructions on how to get your dog to perform the action then follow it with a voice command. Remember to keep them simple. Things that are similar will end up confusing your canine friend and he may end up performing a trick other than the one intended! (I should note I had this issue myself. There is a "right paw" and a "left paw" trick they tell you to teach your pet. Unfortunately, the names of the tricks aren't exactly always the best ways to communicate with your dog. I gave the voice commands as the game named them, but my dog would always confuse which paw it was and end up doing the wrong one. I ended up having the dog forget both and taught her "right" and "left" instead. It meant the paws, but it was easier for her to tell which paw I was referring to rather than being confused or guessing.) Keep in mind that your dog can ONLY learn THREE tricks a day! So you may wish to pick and choose which ones they learn first. But how do you know what tricks are available in game to teach your friend? Well, on the menu on the bottom screen, highlight your dogs button. It will turn yellow. There will be a brown page looking thing at the opposite corner from where your pets name appears. Tap this brown button. Here you will get information on your pet. You will get his/her physique, hunger, thirst, and information on the type of coat they have. (Whether it be long hair or short hair. Keep in mind this makes a difference! Make sure to buy an appropriate brush for your pet! Buying a short hair brush for a long hair pet will not work so well!) From this menu you also have a button that says Tricks and Results. Results are where your dog is rated amongst the contests. For this purpose though we need to tap the Tricks button. This will list all of the tricks you can teach your pet. It also, if you click on one you've not learned, will teach you how to teach your pet this trick. Some are easier than others. You can choose which to teach your pet. Just remember though, they can only learn three a day! Even if you delete one they just learned, it counts for the day. The tricks you've learned will appear in white boxes and show the action the dog takes along with the name you gave the trick. The tricks not yet learned appear on darker brown boards and allow for you to click on the Tutorial button for a walkthrough on how to teach your pet the trick. Make sure to name the trick, when prompted to type it in, exactly as you say it. It is easy to confuse or mix up what you want them to do versus the voice command you originally gave your puppy. I know I've confused it and had to have gone back to view how I typed it to confirm whether what I was saying was right or not. (And 99% of the time it wasn't, which is why my dog wasn't even registering it in her little puppy mind.) For more information regarding tricks, please refer to the Tricks section found at [TRICKS]. ----------------------------------------------------------------- >> Happy, Healthy Pet [NW-HAHPET] ----------------------------------------------------------------- So now that you have a pet, what all can you do with it? Well, a lot of things that you can do if the dog were sitting in front of you. Except the tongue that is licking you won't be really wetting your face. Let's cover the basics. --------------------------------------------------- Food / Water [NW-HA-FDWATR] Grooming / Bathing [NW-HA-GRMBTH] Toys / Music [NW-HA-TOYMUS] --------------------------------------------------- >> Food / Water [NW-HA-FDWATR] Before we dive into feeding and giving water to our pet, there are some things you'll need to know. You can over or underfeed your pet. Though this isn't much of a problem, depending on how active your pet is. Let's look at the different stages of hunger, thirst, and weight. (Least) (Most) Hunger: Full -> Normal -> Hungry -> Famished Thirst: Quenched -> Normal -> Thirsty -> Parched ------------------------------------------------------- Weight: Plump -> Ideal -> Skinny If you balance your pets food around some good exercise, you can maintain a happy and healthy pet. However, overfeeding with little to no exercise can lead your pet to being over weight. While I've not seen any negatives either way, I think the idea is to treat it as a real pet and treat it well. The Least above means it is the least hungry/thirsty option available. Your pet is fine and does not need attention in that particular area. However, under most means it is the most hungry and thirsty possible. You should feed or give your pet water if you see these! With weight, if your pet is plump, you can feed it diet food and try to keep it in busy with activities to help it lose weight. For the opposite end of the spectrum though, if your pet is Skinny, you may wish to feed it some food that will allow it to pack on some weight (the wet food in the game does this), but try to keep your pet active still. You may wish to cut down on the activity, but it is up to you. And obviously ideal is right in the middle, where you probably should prefer your pets to be. Though some are harder to keep ideal than others! After checking to see if your pet needs food or water, and you have determined they do, tap the Supplies button at the bottom of the bottom screen. This will take you to a list of items you own. Choose either the water or food and press the icon. It should then put it down and your pet will begin to partake in the item you offer. Sparkles will go around his or head to indicate they are happy. Once done, if you find your pet is desiring the other, feel free to give it to him or her. I should note here that you should ONLY place one down at a time. Since you can only have one toy/ food item out at a time, putting something else will result in loss of food or water. You can also buy treats to give to your pet. It's especially helpful for puppies to teach them tricks, but both puppies and kittens have treats available in game for them. To give them one, you can go to supplies and pick the treat. It will tell you to call the pet you want over to enjoy the tasty treat. Do as it asks and you will then be able to give your pet the treat, if they aren't tackling you, happy to see you! I should also note that your pet food scales, in sorts. If you own one cat and bought a bunch of food, then decided along the way to get a second cat, don't fear! You won't go through your food twice as fast. In actuality, the bowl will be big enough and hold enough food for both cats to end up satisfied with their meal. This also applies to dog food as well as the water bowl. With the water bowl, all of the pets you own that are there will drink out of it together. If you only own one pet, it will be a single serving bowl. If you own two, it will be slightly bigger and enough for both. If you have three animals in your house, the bowl will be really big, and be able to accommodate all three animals drinking from it at once. And satisfy their thirst to boot! >> Grooming / Bathing [NW-HA-GRMBTH] There are a couple of ways you can keep your pets looking great! The first method is through brushing your animal. You'll need to make sure you've brought home an appropriate brush for your animal. Is it a long hair? Or a short hair? There are both short and long hair brushes for both kittens and puppies, so you'll need to check your pets stats to see which it is if you are unsure. Once you are in possession of the appropriate brush, you'll want to tap the Supplies button and then tap the brush. Initially, it will call your pet over for you to use the brush on. From here on in, it will have a red check mark. So when you call your pet over, it will be an option to use on your pet on the side of the screen. You'll notice that once you start brushing, no matter what color your pets fur is, white stuff will begin to build up on the brush. If you stop brushing your pet, the brush itself will flip out towards you. Just tap the brush and it will clear it for you. As for bathing, it's a heck of a lot easier in game than in real life. For obvious reasons. No hassle of carrying kitty- chan to the tub. The end result usually has you with battle wounds. Tap the Supply button and go through your inventory. If you've not purchased any shampoo yet, you'll need to go and buy some! Tap the shampoo bottle of your choice (there is the stuff you can buy and some premium shampoo you can find in present boxes along your walks as well), and it will then ask you to choose the pet you wish to scrub clean. If you only have one, then it is an obvious choice. Once you have your pet in the shower room, you will be given a sponge to begin the dirty work! Take said sponge and begin giving your pet a gentle scrub down. If they're really dirty, then the suds that first appear will be darker in color than normal. They will become lighter over time as you clean your furry friend. Make sure to get both sides! Scrub that tail! Wash that neck! You'll notice that even if you rub down your pets face and tail that suds won't show. Don't worry about it, get them as best as you can for ultimate cleanliness. At some point, after so much scrubbing, the shower head icon will make a noise and flash in sorts to get your attention. It's just trying to get you to wash down your little runt. I usually use it when it does this and then continue to scrub. I don't stop scrubbing and washing until it absolutely forces me to. I want my little one to be spic and span clean. So, even if you just washed your pet and it doesn't force you out, you can continue to clean your pet. Sometimes though, the shower head icon will flash and make noises right off the bat. Ignore it and give your pet another good round before you wash off. At some point it will force you out and your pet will sparkle! It should then state your pet is beautiful. Once you've washed one pet, if you own any others, it will give you the option to call the next pet in for his or her doom. You don't have to, but I usually give mine a bath all at once, especially if one is filthy. I like my pets to shine like a freshly minted nickel. Gotta put the sunshades on kind of shine. They don't last this way for long, but it's worth it for me. If your pet is still pretty clean, it's possible to brush them back to beautiful. If you just gave your pet a bath, but he's been on a walk or something, try giving him a brush down. It'll sometimes be able to bring that shine back. >> Toys / Music [NW-HA-TOYMUS] This isn't a list of items or toys or music available in game. For that I'd recommend going to the Items [PTITMS] section. So, you've been able to teach your dog his/her name, teach them some tricks, give them food and water, groomed and/or bathed them. What is left here? Well, the most obvious! Now that you have a pet, you can play with them. The one thing that should be said here, is that some toys are considered cat toys (bell ball), some are considered doggie toys (frisbee), and some are shared toys (tennis ball). A lot of this is common sense, but some of it is about testing what your pets like to play with. So try testing out different things you find along in walks and at stores and see which pets react to what. (I was kind of shocked to see my puppy equally excited about a wind up mouse as my kittens were!) If you have both a cat and dog, but only throw out a toy that is meant for one of them (in other words a toy specifically for only a dog or cat), the animal it is for will play with it while the other one stays off to the side doing his or her own thing. If you throw out something that both like, say a stuffed dog toy, then they will both play with it. If one animal gets it, the other, as long as they are still interested, will play with the other animal and try to get it from them. There are plenty of toys out there, but for more information on specific toys, I'd highly recommend going to the Items [PTITMS] section. Just keep in mind that a lot of the toys are something you will need to experiment with. It's possible some pets like one thing over another. And a lot of that might even depend on their nature. An example I can come up with is my puppy (Alice) found a stuffed dog toy along a walk one day. It's been one of her favorite things since we found it. Her nature though was she naturally likes to play with her toys. So she loves it. I ended up getting a kitten (Luther). I can't remember exactly his nature, but he's more into something else apparently. Alice wasn't able to play with Luther long before he found something else more interesting to do. I ended up getting a third animal, a kitten (Sky), who's nature it was to play. She loves playing with anyone. She plays with Luther and Alice. It's easy for Alice to play longer now, because when Luther loses interest, more than likely Sky is still crazy about the toy Alice is dragging around the room and will pounce on her. So sometimes, you may want to get animals with some compatibility if you like them to keep each other busy. And just because an item says it's for cats doesn't mean your dog won't love it just as much if not more. Sir Nibbles is a toy that comes to mind with my own pets. In the description it says it's "magical for cats" or something along those lines. Funny enough though, my dog loves it more than my cats. Something to note here, is that with each new toy you bring out, if your pets play with it long enough, they'll have sparkles over their head. This means they are having a good time. You'll also be able to introduce your little ones to music. And before you buy a record then ask "What is this???". yes, Nintendo stuck with the old school record player. I would imagine it's the only way some people will ever come into contact with said device. (Despite some of us growing up listening to them. Man does that make me feel old!) Just pick up the needle and place where ever on the record you'd like to start. If you want to start at the beginning, you'll want to place it on the outer most part of the record. You can also press the back button and it will allow the music to play in the background while you do whatever it is with your pets you want. A bit into the game, you will be able to musically interact with your pets beyond playing a record for them. You'll be able to purchase from the Secondhand Shop a keyboard, in which you will be able to play music for your pets. There are some presets that can teach you a few things. If you correctly get them right, your pets will let out a howl or meow. Try playing something of your own! ----------------------------------------------------------------- >> To Town We Go! [NW-LTSWLK] ----------------------------------------------------------------- So, you've done all of the above, what left is there? Walking! It's time to hit the town! At the bottom of the screen, tap the button "Go Out" and then tap "Walk". This will allow you to take your fuzzy friend out for a trip through town. Do note that if you've not fed your pet (if they are at the Famished level), before you take them on a walk, the game will gently force you to feed your puppy before it will let you take it on a walk. This is something I just found out as I write this. I've had my 3DS on most of the day and forgot when I fed her it was much earlier in day. This also works for them being thirsty. So make sure your pet is fed and quenched before heading out. In the upper right corner of the bottom screen, you'll have an area to swap leashes, if you own more than one. Default one the game gives you is yellow, but you can buy more in stores. So clicking through the arrow will allow you to swap your leash. Press the upside down triangle to start your walk! Now, walking is something you'll learn over time. At first I just let my dog do whatever, as long as she was happy on them. She also extended some of the trips by a lot just stopping by fire hydrants and random spots. The game will slowly put hints, at the start of your walks, to try to get your dog in some kind of form, so that they aren't so crazy while walking. This game, you just take your dog and choose your path as you go. Sometimes the game will start you in a specific part of town, but many times you will start in the same place, on a neighbor- hood street. From here you can choose to go to Downtown. (If you go downtown, you can even choose to break off once again when the exit to the Seaside comes up.) Or if you walk further ahead here in the neighborhood, you will also get a chance to break off to the Mountains. --------------------------------------------------- Where the leash is. . . [NW-LT-WLEASH] Distractions [NW-LT-DSTRCT] Presents [NW-LT-PRSNTS] The Neighborhood [NW-LT-NGHBHD] Hot Spots [NW-LT-HTSPTS] Meeting Other Dogs [NW-LT-MOTDOG] Cleaning Up [NW-LT-CLEANG] --------------------------------------------------- [NW-LT-WLEASH] Where the leash is. . . ----------------------- Something I'd wish I'd known, or realized at the start, was where you hold the leash depends on what you allow your pet to do. If you hold it closer to the bottom of the screen, your pet will stop. In the middle of the screen is the normal pacing. If you hold it up to the top of the bottom screen, your pet will run. However, after some testing it appears your pup will only be able to keep up the run for a short bit. And not that I promote this, even to a fictional dog, if you pull too hard, too quickly on the leash, it will cause your pet to jump. Also remember, that when you pull the leash to keep your puppy out of trouble, do so in the opposite direction the puppy is going to get its attention. Do it while it is standing still and it should increase your chance of getting its attention without hurting the puppies happiness. [NW-LT-DSTRCT] Distractions ------------ There are things along the way in your walk that can disrupt it. First are fire hydrants. Dogs love them and are attracted to them like a bug to a bug zapper. I try to keep my pup away from it when I see one coming ahead. If she realizes this and still bolts for it, then I try to tug on her leash just enough to get her attention. Make sure to give your little one a treat to reward them for not continuing the action. (Always make sure you keep treats around, because it will definitely help out with the next distraction!) Another distraction is garbage. For god knows what reason, one (or more) of your neighbors leaves trash out in the middle of the road at times. Why?? This isn't your personal dumping ground guys! So, you'll need to avoid it. I try to steer way clear of it, but early on she would get a nibble in before I could yank her away from it. As I write this, I'm letting her dig through some garbage to see if there are any negative effects, but I'm not seeing any. She did sit there by the trash for a while, hating to leave it. But I imagine it doesn't bode well for your pets diet to munch on whatever it is in that pile of trash. (*Do note, later in this FAQ I link to a place in [OPOINT] that states letting your pet eat trash will cause you to lose Owner Points.*) Mud puddles are another frustrating distraction that your puppy may get fixated on. There are times when you set out on a walk and will notice it has rained. This of course leaves wonderful, little puppy sized puddles for your little puppy to roll around in. If you let your dog get close to it, they will run full speed ahead to jump into the puddle. If you can prevent it from rolling around in the puddle, you'll save yourself some trouble. They will get dirty so, it will mean bath time by time you get back home should they decide to visit one. There are some other minor distractions. These include, but are not limited to grass patches (which isn't so bad, until my dog looks at me, barks, then waits a bit before deciding to roll around in the grass), pigeons, trash cans, and sometimes random spots on the ground where it apparently smells really awesome. I'm not sure I recall my dog chasing the dragonflies that appear during the day over grass patches, or the fireflies at night, but I suppose it's possible those become a bit of a distraction. [NW-LT-PRSNTS] Presents -------- Along your walk, you may come across a wrapped gift on the road. Try steering your dog toward it. If you can get them to notice it, they will happily nab the present and bring it to you. It can contain something that is a recyclable item, or perhaps something you can use. A new toy, some food, a treat, shampoo. There are a lot of things that can be in them. So each box is a surprise. However, I should note that many times it will end up being a recyclable item. Which is fine, because you will end up saving these items for later to buy new things with. Again, for more information on that, please refer to the Point of Interest section at [POFINT]. Presents can sometimes be found in grass patches as well. You won't be able to see it but your dog will. They nab it from the patch and bring it back to you. So, it's definitely worth strolling by grass patches in hopes of something new. Sometimes you may also be given gifts by meeting owners of other dogs walking them through the area. Though, so far the only ones that have given me presents are ones from Spot Pass. For more information go to the Street Pass / Spot Pass section at [STRPSS]. You can also obtain presents by completing an obstacle course of sorts that you find while out and about walking. See those cones from time to time while out and about? Try walking your dog, around them, as if doing a slalom, and if you do it perfectly at the end, you'll received a present! [NW-LT-NGHBHD] The Neighborhood ---------------- The area in which you live is a nice mixture of Neighborhood, Downtown, Seaside, and Mountains. The Neighborhood is generally the place you start, but not always. You can branch off to Downtown on the right, or if you go further up the road, can branch off to the Mountains on the left. If you continue down the Neighborhood street without branching off anywhere, you will end up back home. If you head Downtown, at some point on the left you will be able to branch off and hit the Seaside route. Each of these places have one or more multiple points of interest. Let's start with the Neighborhood. NEIGHBORHOOD - This is usually where you start off. You can branch off to Downtown or theMountains from here. There is also a BARC store along this route. This is only available to walk down though should you start here. You cannot find your way back to this path once you've deviated. DOWNTOWN - A cafe is along this route as well as a Gym. The branch off to Seaside is here as well. There is also a BARC store along this route. SEASIDE - The point of interest here is a park that is available to take your dog to. This park is good to practice Disc throwing in, so your puppy can practice catching. The ground here is sand so it will prepare your puppy perhaps better than a park with grass. You'll find another BARC store location on this route. MOUNTAINS - Like the seaside, this place has a park. However, this parks ground is grass, so it will give a different feeling to your pup while running around in it. It's also a good place to practice for Disc competitions. Should also find the last BARC location on this route. Sometimes while you are walking you will see a sign that looks similar to say a sign that is pointing you to the Mountains or Downtown, but will have a silhouette of a person walking a dog. This is called a Secret Path. There are more gifts available here than on the regular route. Here not all gifts may be visible. Try checking the grass patches too! [NW-LT-HTSPTS] Hot Spots --------- Hot sports are some places I mentioned above. The gym, parks, BARC stores and the Cafe. I'll break these down and give a little more information here. GYM - The Gym is located in Downtown and will allow you to train your dog to participate in the Lure Competition. I HIGHLY recommend practicing for each rank that you go up in. They add complexity to each round in Lure Competition and it's really important that your dog have already practiced some of them to have the chance of winning. You can buy a Lure at the store to begin practicing here. PARK - There is a park in both the Mountains and Seaside. Each have different ground types. Mountains has grass and Seaside has sand. I think it is important to train in both, but it is up to you. Here you can sometimes meet other dogs that are currently playing there. This will allow you to pet and play with them. The Park is important for Disc Competition training. I highly recommend you train as often as you need to perfect both your throw, and your dogs skill at catching the Disc. Not only catching, but getting your dog in the habit of bringing back the disc to you so that you can do the next throw. If you do not condition them to do so, this will cost precious time in the competition. It took a while for my puppy to learn it. I had to be on top of it and tap her on the bottom screen just after she caught it so she wouldn't waste time. She now brings it back no problem. Just keep at it, your dog will learn to bring it back. Sometimes, after meeting another dog, if they really want to get to know each other more, one of the Parks will become available to go to visit with them. Though sometimes the Cafe is offered as a meeting place. The problem with the Cafe is you must spend money to get inside. BARC STORES - The BARC stores carry items the regular stores do not carry. They'll start off with a few items, and as you go through the game and unlock things, you will see more items appear in them. Each location offers different items, so visit them all! CAFE - The Cafe is located in Downtown. Here you can buy a treat for yourself and one for your puppy. This is another place that you can potentially go to after meeting a neighbors dog. If they like each other enough, if the Park isn't an option then the Cafe will be. You are required to purchase something to be here, so if you decline, you won't visit your neighbors dog here or take your dog here for a treat if on your own. If you are here on your own, you will get to meet the Cafe owners cat. Here your dog and the cat can play together. [NW-LT-MOTDOG] Meeting Other Dogs ------------------ So, while you are walking through town, you are bound to come across another neighbor out walking his or her dog. This is your dogs chance to socialize! Gently guide your dog to start the meeting. Your neighbor might provide you some friendly advice or some random tidbit before your dogs mingle for a moment. At the end of the meeting you will know whether your dogs get along or not. Don't worry if your dog doesn't get along with that particular dog. There are a lot of dogs in the neighborhood! There's bound to be one or two he/she doesn't get along with. I've also noticed that my dog didn't like one puppy. Then somewhere along the way they became comfortable with each other. There is always the possibility they'll become friends later. If the two meet and really like each other, you are given a chance to meet your neighbor and his dog elsewhere. The game chooses which place, but it will be either one of the two parks or the Cafe. (Your neighbors dog and your own dog will share the treat you are forced to buy. Funny how your neighbor doesn't have to buy a thing for his/her dog to get in!) You can choose to go or decline their offer. It is up to you. If you have Spot Pass on, you'll sometimes find yourself meeting Mii's from there! From what I've seen so far, it's been a very Presidential meeting with Mii's from Spot Pass. I've come across several past Presidents. Two of them owned dogs, and one of them owned cats. For the cat one, I had to draw a line from whichever of my pets I wanted to meet one of his cats. Sometimes these Spot Pass Mii's will also hand out gifts when you come across them in town. Also, don't forget to check your journal! When a new one comes in, they'll sometimes drop you a present to pick up. Or in the case with the President with the cat, secure a meeting to meet up with him and his kitten. [NW-LT-CLEANG] Cleaning Up ----------- So, when you take your dog out for a walk, you'll find they'll make several stops through out. Most times it is to take a tinkle. Once in a while though, you will find your dog leaving a solid mess. When this poo is shown on the ground, it will have some blue tic marks above to get your attention. A bag will show up on screen. Now is the dirty work of being a dog owner. Tap the poo and it will go into the bag automatically. Clean up after your little pooch. You don't want the neighborhood to think you are some kind of lazy bum, do you? ----------------------------------------------------------------- >> Time To Make Money. . . [NW-CONTST] ----------------------------------------------------------------- So now you've paid for your dog, which alone cost a lot of money. Then you've paid for food, water, toys, and other supplies. How does one go about making money in this game? Well, you could go walks and sell any items you find in presents along the way. You could also trade in some of those recyclables you find, trade them in for something you don't want, then sell it right back to him, but seems like a lot of work probably for something not worth a lot. Then, you have competitions. These will be the main source of your income. Since this will become your source of income, it's good to get to know it now: you can do up to TWO sessions of each contest a day. That means in a day you can complete two Lure competitions, two Obedience competitions, and two Disc competitions. Depending on where you place in them depends on how much happiness your pet gets as well as the monetary reward for finishing. Let's go into a little more detail about the competitions. . . ***************************************************************** *** A Quick Note About A Tie in Competitions ***************************************************************** So, apparently this game does not bust your rear. I know ties in many games lead to YOU being the second person of the tie and therefore "losing". Fortunately, as I just found out while going through the Nintendogs cup of Disc Competition, you can tie and still end up on top. Competitor and I tied at 50 points each. However, it tied us at first and I was still given the win and won the Victory Crown. ~ Disc Competition ~ Here you'll be throwing your puppy a disc. The further they go out to catch it, the more points you'll earn. Try not to throw it out too far that it hits the side as you'll automatically fail that throw and lose all chance at earning points. Each Cup provides different ways to earn points, outside of distance adding points. Areas of white will show up in some later ones. If you can get your pooch to catch one in there you'll get additional bonus points. You'll get bonus points for your dog jumping and jump/somersault type thing. So you'll want to try to maximize what you can, because competition can get pretty stiff at the high end. Remember, you'll win if you have the highest amount of points by the time the clock runs out. I usually go for each throw yielding most points as possible. Throwing as far as I can without hitting the side and hoping my dog does something that earns it extra points. Your pet bringing back the disc fast is important. If you can sneak another throw before the timer runs out, any points your dog earns for it WILL be counted towards your final total! Keep that in mind! But also keep in mind that it's the same for your competition. So if it's down to the wire, pray for the best. Because if they got a throw off as well, they could make it a close competition. Before you tackle this even at the Junior Cup, I'd highly recommend taking many trips to the park. Your dog will need to learn timing and how to catch it. Start short distances first so that your dog can get accustomed to it. Then start throwing further out. At some point your dog will begin to jump for it and then even jumping and doing a somersault for it. You'll also need to heavily train your dog to bring back the disc. I'm not sure if natures have anything to do with it, but I know my dog loves playing with toys. So I'll be honest and say I am not sure if this is why it took forever for her to learn, but it is something to keep in mind. You'll need to teach your dog to bring back the disc. Do not let them sit there and keep chewing on it even in the beginning, because it reinforces the idea it is okay to chew on it. We want them to bring it back to us as quickly as possible, since time is of the essence in disc competition. When they catch it, tap them as soon as possible to keep them from wandering around with it and chewing on it. With my little girl, it took her so long to learn to bring it back on her own. It was when I was in the middle of a disc competition did I realize she was bringing it back on her own. Before then, I had to be on my toes. If not, she would sit down in the middle of the competition with it and begin chewing on the disc. If your dog is a slow learner like mine was, you can take them to competitions you just have to be extra on top of it. As soon as your dog catches it and lands, tap them. Tap them as many times as you need as quickly as you can to get their attention to bring it back. It is a little time consuming versus if they bring it back on their own, but it is a learning process that they will eventually get. Don't give up! Just remember, while you are practicing with your puppy in the park, don't just rip away the disc. Give them a loving pat until you see sparkles. It'll raise their happiness plus will reinforce good behavior of bringing it back. You may not be able to afford to pat them during competition, but do so on your own time to reward them. ~ Lure Competition ~ Lure competitions are won by first person reaching the finish line. It's a race but with a lure and some obstacles. Things include poles to jump over (which in higher cups get taller), corners, as well as open areas that you have to hope your dog either goes through first as not to get distracted by other lures or is trained to be focused on yours. First person to the end wins top prize. You'll need to hit up the gym often enough to practice this. Maybe you can win the first competition without doing so, but it will get harder when your dog is required to jump over poles to finish the race. Practice a lot. Get your dog focused. Make sure you don't go too fast, because if you go too far ahead of your dog, they'll lose interest. The only way to get then to regain interest is to go back near them or honk the lure. Though if you are too far ahead, the honking won't do much. I do find I honk my lure from time to time in the race just to make sure my dog keeps focus on it. Learning to pace yourself on this is a big MUST. You must learn how to pace your team to stay ahead of the competition but also you must learn how to pace with your dog. Your little dogs legs can only carry them so far. So learn the pace your dog is able to move the quickest at and keep at it. Once you learn how far ahead of your dog you can stay and keep it interested, you'll be on the fast track to WINNING! Another reason you'll want to practice a lot, is because of the poles you'll encounter as you go up through the cups. I know the first time we practiced it took a while for my dog to even get the hang of it. I'd have to have my lure just on the other side of the pole and honk repeatedly. At some point your little one will get the hang of it. Just keep at it. Though as soon as you probably have the hang of it (and time is important here so you'll want them to be quick acting with it) you'll get thrown a curve ball. In later cups you'll get thrown taller poles, so you'll need to work on your dogs confidence of being able to jump it. ~ Obedience Competition ~ The Obedience competition I've avoided. I won't lie. If it means I have to drag out my AR Cards, which I keep tidied up in the 3DS box still because if I don't, I'll lose them, it means I probably won't use that feature. While it is an interesting and fun way to keep it interactive, it's also a big hassle. But for the sake of writing this guide, I just did my first competition and won it. Go figure. Let me give a bit of a run down. So, for this you will need your AR Cards, obviously. You'll have your pet sitting on your coffee table, bed, computer desk, or where ever it is you like to have your cards. From here you will be performing tricks. Give the command as you usually would and your pet should follow through if they recognize the command. I just tackled Junior Cup and won. At start, you end up being the last person to go in these, so you'll know who is in first place and by how many points. This will allow you to do some mental planning about how much you need to do to pull off the amount of points higher than your competition. It seems they break these down into rounds as well. The tricks in parenthesis next to the cup name are the moves required to know for this cup. Each round varies as to what is required to a certain extent. I will give a description of each round, but know that the tricks can vary in each round every time you do this competition, to an extent. Junior Cup - Sit Down, Left Paw, Right Paw Amateur Cup - Lie Down, Spin Pro Cup - Roll Over, Sit Up, Jump Master Cup - Sneeze, Stand Up, Say Please, Cheer Nintendogs Cup - Beg, Handstand, Breakdance Round 1 - Has you do a trick that should be learned for the particular cup you are in. Round 2 - Perform a trick that you know and hold it for some period of time. (Practice makes perfect for this.) Round 3 - This round generally has you chain two tricks together. Say one, wait for your dog to perform it then say the next. Quicker you are more bonus points you'll get. Round 4 - This is an open performance round. Try to chain together as many tricks as possible to score as much as you can within the allotted time. Remember here! Practice, practice, practice! The more you practice, the less mistakes your puppy will make and the faster it can recall what you are telling it to do. Time is important here. The more tricks you can pull in the last round the better. And the quicker you can pull tricks off during each round means more bonus points for your time! I would also be lying if I didn't state my disdain for this Competition. It's not the competition itself but rather the use of AR cards and the frustrating aspect of keeping the camera just at the correct distances while also trying to position myself just far enough away from the mic so that commands will register. I think the idea they had was an interesting one that allows for something outside of the normal scope of gaming; however, I find this to be the least fun thing in this game. Managing to try to keep everything just right is not fun for a game. I do admit that once I've completed the whole kitten caboodle that I won't be touching this competition ever again. The things we do for guides! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ It should be noted that each competition goes up in a pyramid format in terms of difficulty. (Forgive my horrible ASCI rendition of a crown at the top of the pyramid. Obviously it isn't my forte.) M M | | -------------- Nintendogs Cup |__| \ \ ------------- Master Cup \ ---\ \ \ ----------- Pro Cup \ -------\ \ \ -------- Amateur Cup \ -----------\ \ \ ---- Junior Cup (Start Here) \ ---------------\ ============================================================================== IV. Places of Interest [POFINT] ============================================================================== There are some points of interests you should take note of while shopping. Each have their use and we'll go a bit into detail about them here. ~ Pet Supplies ~ The Pet Supplies store is run by Diane and sells all the food and toys you'll need to get started with your puppies and kittens. She will add more as time goes on. Definitely your one stop shop for food and water for your pets, but as time goes on it won't be your only stop for pet toys. Check the Items section, specifically the Pet Supplies store section [NC-PETSPS], to see what is available here. Note that not all things may be available from the start in this list. ~ Accessories ~ The Accessories shop is called Coletta and is run by Celia. Here you can buy all kinds of accessories for your little ones. In the beginning it'll be your chance to accessorize your pets. But other places will also offer some accessories as you begin to explore and unlock things. She will also have things that unlock over time, so make sure to check back from time to time. Don't forget they have a try before buy option!! See if that cute accessory looks well on your pet before you buy. Check the Items section, specifically the Accessories section [NC-ACCESS], to see what is available here. Note that not all things may be available from the start in this list. ~ Interiors ~ The Interiors shop is called Modo Home and is run by Cody. Here you can buy furniture and remodel your home. Both sections will have things that unlock over time, so be sure to check back once in a while. Just note that every time you wish to change to a new room layout, you will need to pay the cost associated with it. Unfortunately, it's not a buy once get when ever kind of deal. Check the Items section, specifically the Interiors store section [NC-MODOHM], to see what is available here. Note that not all things may be available from the start in this list. ~ Secondhand ~ The Secondhand shop is called Mr. Recycle and is run by Roberto. Here he will take the recyclable materials you've been collecting on your walks with your puppy and allow you to buy more interesting things! To do so, you'll need to tap the Exchange Materials button. The regular store in game here does not buy your items. So you'll need to come to Mr. Recycle any time you have something you no longer want. Tap the Sell Items button to get rid of any unwanted items in your inventory. Check the Items section, specifically the Secondhand Shop section [NC-SCDHSP], to see what is available here. Note that not all things may be available from the start in this list. ~ Kennel ~ The Kennel is obviously where you will buy your puppies and kittens at. You will start off with the dogs your version has. You'll need to pick up a puppy before you can buy a kitten. But after buying a dog, you probably won't have money for a kitten, so you'll need to do some saving. Over time, you'll be able to unlock more dog breeds. Just note that the three kitten choices are all you have. But there are plenty of options with the three! Check the Let's Adopt! section [NW-LADOPT], for information on the dog and cat breeds as well as cost. To specifically see what you can unlock in your version check out the Unlocking Things section [ULODOG]. Note that not all things may be available from the start. ~ Pet Hotel ~ The Pet Hotel is called Altese and is run by Drew. THe Pet Hotel has several things you can do. Since you can own up to 6 pets at a time, but only have 3 at home, you can drop off a pet to live here so that you can buy another dog or cat. Tap the Drop Off button if you wish to do that. You can also swap pets by tapping the Swap button. This is great if you're full at home with 3 and full at the pet hotel with 3 pets. Allows you to easily swap. You may also Pick Up your pet by tapping the Pick Up button. Lastly, you may donate a pet. By tapping the Donate button, you are giving up rights to your pet. Once you donate them, you CANNOT get them back. So only do so if you are ABSOLUTELY sure you do not wish to keep that pet. ============================================================================== V. Unlocking Things [ULODOG] ============================================================================== Lists that contain the methods to unlock both dog breeds and items. You can unlock them either through Owner Points or Days Played. Points Days Toy Poodle French Bulldog Golden Retirever ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 450 4 Retro Fan Retro Fan Retro Fan Display Shelves Cupboard Fancy Wardrobe Miniature Bed Plush Dog Bed Wicker Dog Bed 600 5 Yorkshire Terrier Miniature Dachshund Shetland Sheepdog Great Dane Shih Tzu Chihuahua Pug Bull Terrier Jack Russell T. 850 6 Diet Food Diet Food Diet Food Banana Lure Banana Lure Banana Lure Wet Food Wet Food Wet Food Lollipop Lollipop Lollipop 1,100 7 Bell Collar Bell Collar Bell Collar Metal-Link Neck. Metal-Link Neck. Metal-Link Neck. Kid's Bandanna Kid's Bandanna Kid's Bandanna Striped Bow Striped Bow Striped Bow Men's Knit Hat Men's Knit Hat Men's Knit Hat 1,350 8 Luxurious Interior Luxurious Interior Luxurious Interior 1,600 9 Antique Sofa Antique Sofa Antique Sofa Dining-Table Set Dining-Table Set Dining-Table Set Leather Sofa Armchair Comfy Couch 1,850 10 Rainbow Ring Rainbow Ring Rainbow Ring Club Dog Club Dog Club Dog Cat Tower Cat Tower Cat Tower 1,900 -- Any dog walking a path can find STARDUST from here on in. *Chels has alerted me that they've found it well before this point, so there could be another factor involved. *E$$RHunter has made it known to me they also found it well before this. I'm beginning to wonder if it may also depend on which version you own if the numbers are different. 2,100 11 E. Cocker Spaniel Miniature Pinscher German Shepherd Siberian Husky Cocker Spaniel Miniature Schnauzer Matlese Pembroke Welsh C. Pomeranian 2,350 12 Pro Disc Pro Disc Pro Disc Leash Leash Leash Pro Lure Pro Lure Pro Lure Heart Cookies 2,600 13 Retro Tube TV Retro Tube TV Retro Tube TV Plush Dog Bed Wicker Dog Bed Miniature Bed Chest of Drawers Japanese Step-Chest Wooden Cabinet 3,000 14 Lace Necklace Lace Necklace Lace Necklace Newsboy Cap Newsboy Cap Newsboy Cap Leather Cap Leather Cap Leather Cap Headpiece Headpiece Headpiece Fashion Specs Fashion Specs Fashion Specs 3,400 15 Basset Hound Beagle Dalmatian Beagle Maltese Labrador Retriever Cocker Spaniel Boxer Bull Terrier 3,800 16 Party Hat Party Hat Party Hat Rainbow Wig Rainbow Wig Rainbow Wig Chair (Koopa Chair) Chair (Koopa Chair) Chair (Koopa Chair) 4,200 17 Mario Style Int. Mario Style Int. Mario Style Int. 4,600 18 Mushroom-Table Set Mushroom-Table Set Mushroom-Table Set Arowana Aquarium Arowana Aquarium Arowana Aquarium Cupboard Fancy Wardrobe Display Shelves 5,000 19 Meat Toy Meat Toy Meat Toy Fine Food Fine Food Fine Food Premium Shampoo Premium Shampoo Premium Shampoo Butterfly Cat Wand Butterfly Cat Wand Butterfly Cat Wand Swordplay Swordplay Swordplay Fish Cat Wand Mouse Cat Wand 5,400 20 Pearl Necklace Pearl Necklace Pearl Necklace Viking Hat Viking Hat Viking Hat Origami Hat Origami Hat Origami Hat Fringed Leather Fringed Leather Fringed Leather Collar Collar Collar Safari Hat Safari Hat Safari Hat RC Helicopter RC Helicopter RC Helicopter Dot Collar Dot Collar Dot Collar Movie-Star Shades Movie-Star Shades Movie-Star Shades Mario Kart Mario Kart Mario Kart Peach Kart Peach Kart Peach Kart Yoshi Kart Yoshi Kart Yoshi Kart 5,800 21 Shetland Sheepdog Miniature Schnauzer E. Cocker Spaniel Chihuahua Labrador Retriever Siberian Husky Miniature Dachshund Pomeranian Boxer 6,200 22 Rainbow Lure Rainbow Lure Rainbow Lure Rainbow Disc Rainbow Disc Rainbow Disc Berry Hood Berry Hood Berry Hood 6,600 23 Sunflower Sunflower Sunflower Spiked Collar Spiked Collar Spiked Collar Red Knit Scarf Red Knit Scarf Red Knit Scarf Santa's Hat Santa's Hat Santa's Hat Star Shades Star Shades Star Shades 7,000 24 Piano Piano Piano Slim Cat Tower Slime Cat Tower Slim Cat Tower Japanese Step-Chest Wooden Cabinet Chest of Drawers 7,400 25 Dalmatian Great Dane Yorkshire Terrier German Shepherd Pug Pembroke Welsh C. Miniature Pinscher Jack Russell T. Shih Tzu 7,800 26 Rose Rose Rose Beaded Collar Beaded Collar Beaded Collar Hibiscus Flower Hibiscus Flower Hibiscus Flower Leather Necklace Leather Necklace Leather Necklace Southwest Collar Southwest Collar Southwest Collar Cop Sunglasses Cop Sunglasses Cop Sunglasses 8,200 27 Beach Ball Beach Ball Beach Ball Burger Toy Burger Toy Burger Toy Soccer Ball Soccer Ball Soccer Ball Tippy Toy Tippy Toy Tippy Toy Naptime Naptime Naptime Classics 1 Classics 1 Classics 1 8,600 28 Futuristic Int. Futuristic Int. Futuristic Int. 9,000 29 Starship Cabinet Starship Cabinet Starship Cabinet Electronic Fan Electronic Fan Electronic Fan Armchair Comfy Couch Leather Sofa 9,400 30 Silver Necklace Silver Necklace Silver Necklace Heart Collar Heart Collar Heart Collar Classy Collar Classy Collar Classy Collar Fancy Bow Fancy Bow Fancy Bow Stunt Helmet Stunt Helmet Stunt Helmet Sporty Sunglasses Sporty Sunglasses Sporty Sunglasses 9,800 31 French Bulldog Toy Poodle French Bulldog Golden Retriever Golden Retriever Toy Poodle Shiba Inu Shiba Inu Basset Hound 10,200 32 Country Home Int. Scandinavian Int. Modern Interior 10,600 33 Top Hat Top Hat Top Hat Bow Tie Bow Tie Bow Tie Masquerade Mask Masquerade Mask Masquerade Mask Gold Bar Gold Bar Gold Bar Chef's Scarf Chef's Scarf Chef's Scarf Chef's Hat Chef's Hat Chef's Hat Royal Heirloom N. Royal Heirloom N. Royal Heirloom N. Tiara Tiara Tiara Crown Crown Crown Diamond Collar Diamond Collar Diamond Collar Platinum Collar Platinum Collar Platinum Collar Glitzy Collar Glitzy Collar Glitzy Collar 11,000 34 RoboPup Voucher RoboPup Voucher RoboPup Voucher Thank You Thank You Thank You Flat-Screen TV Flat-Screen TV Flat-Screen TV 11,400 35 Modern Interior Country Home Int. Scandinavian Int. Information retrieved from Thonky.com. It may vary from the information found on GameFAQs. ============================================================================== VI. Journal / AR Cards [JANARS] ============================================================================== You may find that you interact with your Journal and AR Cards often. Or, if you are like me, not so much. We'll cover the basics though for both in case. ~ Journal ~ When you first go to your Journal, you'll be prompted to set up a new Journal save file on your card. You'll also be asked if you want to register Nintendogs + Cats for StreetPass on your 3DS. If you don't agree, you will be unable to use StreetPass or the Journal. I'd highly recommend the Journal at least, especially if you set up SpotPass. Your Journal will allow you to get information from SpotPass, such as Presidents and their little friends coming to visit. You'll also receive gifts from them when they initially come to your town in your Journal. When you open your Journal, you'll see several things on the bottom screen. In the top left hand corner will be the Back button you can tap to get out of your Journal. Next to it is a Left arrow with the day and date in between it and the Right arrow. These arrows allow you to shift between your Journal pages. You'll see an eraser in the top right portion of the screen. This will allow you to erase any notes or anything else you've written in your Journal. Yep. You can just write in your Journal right now on that lined paper space. Try writing something. Now if you want to erase it, you'll need to grab and keep your pointer on it and go over what you wrote that you would like to erase. You can let go of the eraser and it will plop down where ever you leave it. Or if you're anal like me, you'll put it back in its corner. I'll be honest and say I don't write in my Journal. It's just not something I feel the need to do, but maybe you do. That's great! I like the option it gives for you to write in it or not. (Or doodle!) But don't feel like you have to write in it. I've only messed with it minimally and have done fine. But, maybe someone would like to make notes on when they taught their pet a trick, or their kitten did something amazingly cute. The option is there for you. In the Journal, the big white area is where you can doodle, write, or whatever it is you feel like you want to do there. In this space you'll also have presents from those on SpotPass and StreetPass appear. Tap the present to receive your item and get a chance at meeting the puppy or kitten! If you meet up at the park, you can go back to it later and meet up with them again. And if you decline to you can also go back to it later to accept. Down in the bottom right hand portion of the bottom screen you'll see the Mii that you chose to connect with as well as an envelope. This is where you can change your StreetPass information should you decide to change any of it. You can change your Mii, your Photo (of your pets that you take, just press a shoulder trigger for picture taking!), a message (be sure if you decide to leave a message it is a nice one, others are going to see it after all!), and what present you want to give out on StreetPass. Just remember that you can only choose to give a gift from items you own and it does NOT remove it from your own personal inventory. Not all things will be available to give out either. Also in this area, outside of changing your StreetPass information, you will see tidbits of other information. In the top screen your Mii face along with your name will appear in the top left hand corner. In the top right hand corner two pieces of information will swap places. The first is Owner Points. This is what you use to unlock new things in game, so try to make your pets happy and rake in the points! The other piece of information that will replace it is StreetPass tags that you have. In the middle of the top screen is your photo that you chose of your pets, if you've chosen one. If not it will say No Photo in gray space. This is the picture the person you exchange StreetPass data with will see. Your message will appear in the bottom left corner of the screen, and the present you are giving out via StreetPass will show in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. ~ AR Cards ~ If you have your AR Cards with you that you got from purchasing a 3DS, then you'll be able to utilize this function. To use the AR Camera, simply go to Supplies then AR Camera. It'll ask if you have your AR cards ready. If you tap No it will back out. If you tap Yes it will take you to the AR Camera. Use one of your AR Cards and then point the outer camera at it. When it recognizes the card, a box will appear and then explode, exposing your pet. You will then be able to move around the card to take a closer look at your canine or feline from all sides and move in closer. Just make sure to keep the AR Card in the cameras sight so it can keep your pet in the real word. If it loses track of it, it will tell you to refocus. Just move it back so the camera sees it again and your little furry friend will appear again. You can also swap to your other pets as well, but only the three your currently have at your house, that I can tell. You can even give trick commands to your dog in this mode and he or she will perform them. It's a neat little thing, but not something I would use all the time. Unfortunately, within this game the Obedience Competition requires the use of AR Cards for it while giving your commands to your pet. Don't get me wrong, AR is fun, but to have to drag out cards (which I keep in my 3DS box still just to make sure I don't lose them) to play a competition is kind of unnecessary. It is one of the more frustrating points of this game. I will not lie when I say I preferred the DS version to this in the fact I could compete in all the competitions without dragging out extra stuff to compete in them. ============================================================================== VII. Spot Pass / Street Pass [STRPSS] ============================================================================== So, what's the different in Spot Pass and Street Pass? ~ Spot Pass ~ Well, this allows your game to search for and connect to a wireless internet point and download things. For example, since I've had my copy I've had three or four Presidents visit me in my town. They own dogs (well in one case he owned cats) and I could meet them on my walks through town. When they first came in a note in my Journal was placed (a sticker will be placed in your Journal any time you've acquired Spot Pass data online) so I knew something was new. Definitely check your journal, because they tend to leave you presents when they first come. And sometimes you can set up meetings with their animals on the initial drop by. By allowing Spot Pass, you can meet new people and pets through the data Nintendo puts through online. It's definitely a nice experience to meet old Presidents and their pups (or kittens!). If you've allowed Nintendogs + Cats to use Spot Pass, you can see if you've received any new data while not in game. For each new Presidential figure that has visited me, I've gotten a notification on the main screen of my 3DS. You have to allow notifications to receive it in your Notifications area. You'll know you have something new, for any game that is allowed Spot Pass privileges, by noting the icon up in top left has a small blue dot on it. Check it out to see what new information may be there! A blue dot may also appear on the bottom right corner of your games icon on the main screen. If this is the case, it means you have a present waiting for you in your Journal. Check your Journal to find your present! If you would like to turn on Spot Pass, you may do so through your Journal. ~ Street Pass ~ Then you may ask, what does Street Pass do for you. This if for more about meeting other players and interacting with their furry little friends. It exchanges info about you to the other person and vice versa, but only your owner information, pets, a present (that you select; will cover this momentarily), and a preselected photo. In the Journal, you'll see that persons information and receive a present that they selected to send to others they meet on the street. You'll also be able to have a meeting in the park with the owner and pet. The good thing about this, is if you meet a lot of folks via Street Pass, different kinds of puppies may become available in the kennel for you. Open up your Journal and register Nintendogs + Cats to use Street Pass. Next, you'll need to set up your owner information so that you'll have information to exchange. Select your Mii character, photo (one you take of your rug rats, which you can per the R shoulder button to take pictures of your runts), message (optional; but be nice if you choose to put one!), and choose a present to attach. The present you select to give will not be removed from your own inventory. But you will only be allowed to choose something from your inventory to give out, if that makes sense. Meaning, you must own it in order to be able to provide it to others on Street Pass. Not everything is available to be given out in this manner, so don't be surprised to see a shortened list. You can change this all later should decide to. Now that you're all set up, whenever you go out, you'll need to carry your 3DS with you to see if you pass anyone to exchange information with. Just make sure your system is on, but closed and that your wireless communications are enabled to ensure that if you come across any other owners, that you'll be able to exchange information. Should you decide you no longer want Street Pass on, you can stop using it by going to System Settings, selecting the Data button, tapping StreetPass Management, tapping the Nintendogs + Cats icon, and tapping Deactivate StreetPass. You can enable it later via the Journal it you so choose. *If you close your system, it should enter Sleep Mode. This will help save on battery power, but will allow Street Pass and Spot Pass to both remain active. Just make sure wireless communications are ON if you wish to exchange owner data with Street Pass while out and about! ~ Spot Pass Guests ~ These are some guests I've had come to my own. They are all Presidential so far, but interesting. They bring with them their kittens and puppies for your own kittens and puppies to enjoy their company! These are listed in alphabetical order. Abraham Lincoln** 16th President of the United States of America Golden Retriever named Fido Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States of America Cat named Socks Calvin Coolidge (C Coolidge)* 30th President of the United States of America Dog named Peter Pan Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States of America German Shepherd named Major George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States of America Cat named India Gerald Ford 38th President of the United States of America Dog named Liberty Herbert Hoover 31st President of the United States of America German Shepard named King Tut Jimmy Carter 39th President of the United States of America Cat named Misty Malarky Ying Yang (That really is the cats name. . .) Lyndon Johnson 36th President of the United States of America Beagles named Him and Her (Also not making that up. . .) Ronald Reagan 40th President of the United States of America King Charles Spaniel named Rex Woodrow Wilson 28th President of the United States of America Bull Terrier named Bruce * For some reason I never received a notification on my 3DS for this President. ** Special thanks goes to Kirby-4-ever! ============================================================================== VIII. Items [NCITMS] ============================================================================== For the items, I'm going to list them by store. I think it'll be easier for those seeking something and saves me from having a bunch of sections if I were to chop the list up in say, categories such as "Dog Food", "Cat Food", etc. Not all of these things may be available from start. To find a list of items to unlock and how to unlock them, please visit the section "Unlocking Dogs / Items" at [ULODOG]. * Please note this list may not be a full and complete list yet. I'm sure I've not quite yet unlocked everything. --------------------------------------------------- Pet Supply Store [NC-PETSPS] Secondhand Shop [NC-SCDHSP] Accessories [NC-ACCESS] Neighborhood BARC Store [NC-NBARCS] Downtown BARC Store [NC-DBARCS] Seaside BARC Store [NC-SBARCS] Mountains BARC Store [NC-MBARCS] Modo Homes [NC-MODOHM] Recyclable Materials [NC-RECYCL] Other Items [NC-OTRITM] Not Yet Unlocked [NC-NTYTUL] Version Exclusive Items [NC-VEREXC] --------------------------------------------------- PET SUPPLY STORE___________________________________________[NC-PETSPS] Your normal pet store type things. Prices are to the right of the item name. Bottle Water $1 This natural springwater is soothing and refreshing! Formula $3 This formula is specially prepared for growing puppies and kittens. Dry Food [Dog] $3 Basic, everyday food for active and healthy puppies. Wet Food [Dog] $5 Puppies love itÉBut watch the high calorie content. Diet Food - Dog $5 Low-calorie food ideal for getting overfed puppies back into shape. Fine Food (Premium Canned Food) [Dog] $7 This high-quality food is delicious and nutritionally balanced. Dry Food [Cat] $3 Basic, everyday food for active and healthy kittens. Wet Food [Cat] $5 Kittens love itÉBut watch the high calorie content. Diet Food [Cat] $5 Low-calorie food ideal for getting overfed kittens back into shape. Fine Food (Premium Canned Food) [Cat] $7 This high-quality food is delicious and nutritionally balanced. Biscuits [Dog] $1 These are ideal for teaching tricks or as a snack on walks. Puppy Biscuits $2 These puppy-shaped biscuits have a satisfying crunch. Beef Jerky $3 An all-time puppy favorite, but a little goes a long way. Fish Cookies [Cat] $2 These fish-shaped cookies for cats contains real fish. Natural-Bristle Brush [Dog] $20 Ideal for short-haired dogs, this brush pretties up a dog's coat. Wire Brush [Dog] $25 Ideal for long-haired dogs, this brush pretties up a dog's coat. Rubber Brush [Cat] $20 Ideal for short-haired cats, this brush pretties up a cat's coat. Comb [Cat] $25 Ideal for long-haired cats, this brush pretties up a cat's coat. Shampoo $3 This basic shampoo removes dirt and leaves fur looking refreshed. Premium Shampoo $6 This enriched shampoo leaves fur soft, shiny, and snuggle-clean. Green Leash $16 An essential item for active pets. Where will you walk today? Pink Leash $16 An essential item for active pets. Where will you walk today? Tennis Ball $4 This toy is great for games of long-distance fetch. Rubber Bone [White Rubber Bone] $4 This bone is good for stress relief and strengthening puppy jaws. Meat Toy $8 This toy looks mouthwatering and makes for a satisfying chew. Bell Ball [Cat] $80 The bell inside this ball jingles as it rolls. Cats love it. Squeaky Ball $6 This ball makes noise when it bounces. Spunky pets love it! Mushroom Toy $8 This toy makes a lot of noise when it's thrown or chewed on. Soft Cube $6 Made out of towel material, this soft toy feels good to bite. Burger Toy $6 Made out of durable rubber, this toy also smells like a burger. Soccer Ball $30 This ball s too big to chomp on, but it's great for kicking around. Beach Ball $12 Take your seaside fun indoors with this bouncy beach ball! Red Flying Disc $16 This basic disc is great for practicing straight throws. Blue Flying Disc $16 This basic disc is great for practicing straight throws. White Pro Flying Disc $30 Pull off advanced techniques with this pro-grade flying disc. Pink Pro Flying Disc $30 Pull off advanced techniques with this pro-grade flying disc. Lollipop Disc $24 This zero-calorie toy disc works like a regular flying disc. Boomerang $10 Throw this boomerang right and it'll come back. Great for fetch! Red Lure $16 This lure is easy to control, making it great for beginners. Blue Lure $16 This lure is easy to control, making it great for beginners. White Pro Lure $30 This pro-grade lure is for advanced trainers. Green Pro Lure $30 This pro-grade lure is for advanced trainers. Banana Lure $24 This familiar yellow fruit can be used as a lure. Balloon $2 Blow into the microphone to blow the balloon up. Bubbles $7 Blow into the microphone to blow a stream of bubbles. Cat Wand [Green-Feathered Cat Wand] $5 Kittens never get bored with this entrancing little feather. Dancing-Feather Cat Wand $8 Make this dance as if it were a feather caught by the wind. Hopping-Mouse Cat Wand $8 The key is to move this toy as if it were a real, running mouse. Tippy Toy $32 Pounce on this toy and watch it pop right back up again. Swordplay $30 This record will get you up and running around! Naptime $30 Music to ease your furry pals into a nice nap. So sleepy. . . zzz. . . Surprise [Surprise Beat] $30 Get your pets marching to a different beat! Classics 1 [Stepped on a Cat] $35 It's a kitty and puppy jam! -Compuser Unknown Classics 5 [Skaters' Waltz] $30 A light, easy melody. . . -Composed by E. Waldteufel SECONDHAND SHOP____________________________________________[NC-SCDHSP] Also known as the recyclable shop. Bring your unwanted recycle stuff here to trade in for great items you can't find elsewhere! Below each item and its description is list of items you will need to turn in to acquire said item. White Leash An essential item for active pets. Where will you walk today? x01 Rubber x01 Plastic Rubber Dumbbell This toy isn't for working out, but it's great for chewing! x02 Rubber Flying Disc [Rainbow Flying Disc] This colorful disc stands out against the bright, blye sky. x02 Wood x03 Leather x02 Plastic x01 Stardust Rainbow Lure This flower-shaped lure features every color of the rainbow. x02 Wood x03 Leather x02 Plastic x01 Stardust Combat Copter Lift off with the A button in this limited-edition combat helicopter. x02 Metal x02 Rubber x02 Plastic Keyboard This impressive electric piano makes playing music fun. x01 Metal x01 Rubber x01 Leather x01 Plastic Telephone If a puppy left you a message, it would leave a bark at the tone! x01 Leather x01 Plastic Club Dog Dance party at our place tonight! x01 Leather x01 Plastic Thank You This song celebrates friendship between pets and their owners. x01 Leather x01 Plastic Rainbow Ring This saucy collar is perfect for pets with colorful personalities. x03 Leather x01 Stardust Party Hat This fun hat will make you the life of the part! x02 Wood x03 Rubber x01 Stardust Rainbow Wig The headgear of choice when you really want to stand out! x03 Wood x02 Rubber x01 Stardust Berry Hood Fruit-themed headwear is all the rage this season! x01 Wood x03 Rubber x04 Leather Chair [Koopa Shell Chair] Koopa shells are softer than you think but still make a hard seat. x03 Wood x02 Metal x03 Plastic Fishbowl Dogs and cats are entranced by these cute little fish. x02 Wood x02 Leather x02 Plastic TV [Flat-Screen TV] A giant flat-screen LCD TV that everyone can watch together. x02 Metal x03 Rubber x03 Leather x02 Stardust Cat Tower [Kitty Treehouse] Adventurous kittens will love to climb this towering treehouse. x03 Wood x02 Metal x01 Rubber Voucher [RoboPup Voucher] You've unlocked RoboPup! Go to the kennel to redeem this ticket! x07 Wood x05 Metal x07 Rubber x07 Leather x07 Plastic x03 Stardust ACCESSORIES________________________________________________[NC-ACCESS] Your one stop accessory shop to accessorize your pet. Do note that there is a try before buy option! Yellow Leather Collar $12 This classic design of rich leather is great for everyday wear. Brown Leather Collar $12 This classic design of rich leather is great for everyday wear. Striped Collar $10 The diagonal stripes on this collar are 'in' this season. Woven Collar $18 This unique collar is made of woven strands of supple leather. Flower Collar $15 This pink-and=white design is very popular with female pets. Beaded Collar $26 This collar is made entirely of beads--even the strawberries. Star Collar $28 It doesn't get more sparkly than this glittering, starry collar. Heart Collar $28 This lovely collar is sure to capture everyone's heart. Lace Necklace $34 With its lovely pink lace, this collar is simply adorable. Leather Necklace $18 This thin leather necklace looks dainty around any pet's neck. Red Bell Collar $12 This slim collar, with its little bell, is perfect for kittens. Blue Bell Collar $12 This slim collar, with its little bell, is perfect for kittens. Red Spiked Collar $32 This metal-spiked collar is just right for pets with a wild side. Black Spiked Collar $32 Even the sweetest little furball will look tough with this collar. Faux-Python Collar $53 The collar for hard-rockin' pets who want to be center stage. Faux-Crocodile Collar $53 Go for the dangerous-reptile look with this faux-crocodile collar. Southwest Collar $60 This leather collar is studded with pieces of real turquoise. Metal-Link Necklace $20 This metal collar has a sharp and snappy look for urban pets. Silver Necklace $70 A sweet accessory for a pretty little pet. Classy Collar $150 This cashmere collar is not only absurdly soft but also chic. Kid's Bandanna $10 This little bandanna is decorated with a big, bright star. Red Knit Scarf $16 This vivid red scar will spice up any outfit. Red Bow $3 This classic little bow looks great and is always in style. Blue-Checkered Bow $8 This blue gingham check-pattern bow is discreet and neat. Black-Striped Bow $14 This striped bow is a good pick for a night on the town. Red-Striped Bow $14 Pets look especially dapper in this classy striped bow. Tricolor Bow $10 Looking for a distinctly French flavor? Try this colorful ribbon. Fancy Bow $100 This extravagant bow is adorned with a sparkling ruby. Red Rose $12 Go for the floral look with this gorgeous, fresh-cut rose. White Hibiscus Flower $10 With this flower on, it's always a day at the beach. Sunflower $8 Set a cheery mood with this big, vibrant sunflower. Newsboy Cap $22 This checkered cap is a timeless piece of historical headgear. Leather Cap $33 This well-worn leather cap is soft and weathered. Red Knit Hat $14 This warm little hat is proof that hard-knitted hats are the best. Black Knit Hat $14 This black knit hat can make even the cutest pet look tough. Men's Knit Hat $18 This classic item of street fashion is for pets with a tough side. Beret $17 Give your pet a sassy, Parisian style with this European hat. Sun Visor $24 Sunny day? Go with this classic piece of outdoor leisure wear. Santa's Hat $18 Wear this hat when you stay up waiting for you-know-who! Headpiece $42 All pink and frilly, this headpiece is extravagantly girly. Scholar Glasses $10 Just wearing these glasses will make your pet look smarter. Red Fashion Specs $13 These simple but stylish red specs always look swanky. Black Fashion Specs $13 These solid-black frames are the height of fashion. White Sunglasses $20 These ultracool sunglasses have a certain tough-guy image. Star Shades $14 It takes a superstar to pull off these over-the-top shades. NEIGHBORHOOD BARC STORE____________________________________[NC-NBARCS] Miss Chickie $8 Miss Chickie has a cute little waddle. Wind her up and play! Mr. Froggins $8 Just look at Mr. Froggin's sly smirk. Wind him up and play! Sir Nibbles $8 Sir Nibbles has a magical effect on cats. Wind him up and play! Mario Kart $30 Race around with Mario using the A button and the D control pad. Peach Kart $30 Race around with Peach using the A button and the D control pad. Yoshi Kart $30 Race around with Yoshi using the A button and the D control pad. Classics 4 [Csikos Post] $35 This'll make them run. And run! -Composed by H. Necke White Bucket Hat $16 Comfy and versatile, this hat is a great choice for little ladies. Business Glasses $20 With these glasses, people will know your pet means business. DOWNTOWN BARC STORE________________________________________[NC-DBARCS] RC Helicopter $80 Take to the skies with the A button in this radio-controlled helicopter. Dog & Cat $30 A jazzy arrangement of the Nintendogs theme music. Dot Collar [Black Polka-Dot Collar] $13 Feminine but not too sweet, this collar always looks chic. Ladies' Scarf $24 This warm, fluffy scarf is for elegant pups and kittens. Men's Scarf $24 This handsome scarf makes your pets look cultured and refined. Fedora $47 Going for a fashion-forward look? Reach for this fedora. Bonnet $65 Ladies will love this elegant bonnet for picnics in the park. Pompadour Wig $33 Turn up the stereo and go for the heavy-pomade look with this wig. Black Movie-Star Shades $100 Celebs and their pets pose for the paparazzi in these shades. SEASIDE BARC STORE_________________________________________[NC-SBARCS] Classics 2 [Dance of the Reed Pipes] $35 An elegant song for dancing. . . -Composed by P.I. Tchaikovsky Hibiscus Flower Lei $14 This Hawaiian-themed collar has a relaxed, tropical vibe. Pearl Necklace [Black Pearl Necklace] $200 Beautiful black pearls line this striking and refined necklace. Purple Pearl Bow $60 This refined satin bow has a large pearl set in the center. Green Pearl Bow $60 Dressing to impress? Try this bow adorned with a huge pearl. Yellow Cap $15 This yellow cap will add a splash of color to any look. Straw Hat $12 Wear this straw hat on your summer holiday at the sea. Viking Hat $70 This hat is for those who pillage and riot all over town! Origami Hat $24 This handsome samurai helmet is expertly folded out of paper. MOUNTAINS BARC STORE_______________________________________[NC-MBARCS] Classics 3 [Maple Leaf Rag] $35 This tune will get you on your feet. . . -Composed by S. Joplin Camo Collar $13 This covert collar shows off any pet's rough-and-tough side. Green Japanese-Print Collar $18 This collar's exotic design will always stand out on a sidewalk. Fringed Leather Collar $45 Leather fringe cascades down this handcrafted leather collar. Brown Safari Hat $50 Embark on a wile safari with this practical-yet suave hat. White Safari Hat $50 Prowl the untamed savanna in style with this rugged-chic hat. Feathered Green Hat $32 This feathered hat is perfect for pets with a funky sense of style. Feathered Purple Hat $32 This purple feathered hat is an audacious fashion statement. Pointy Hat $32 This pointy hat is a must for pets skilled in the art of magic. MODO HOMES_________________________________________________[NC-MODOHM] For all your interior redecorating and furniture needs! Keep in mind that if you buy an interior, then change to something else, then go back with what you originally had, you'll have to pay for it full price again! I should also note, in my researching, it appears each version might get two rooms for free, but they are different rooms than the other two versions. For Golden Retriever & New Friends, Country Home and Japanese Style are free. I'm unaware which are free in the other versions, but if I find out I will include that information here. In mean time, I will included prices for the interiors for the versions I know. If anyone could include further information to help me fill this in, I'd be most appreciative. If you buy any tall furniture, bring it home, and set it up, be prepared for a kitten invasion if you own any. I bought some tall display shelves and not five seconds after I placed it into the room, one of my kittens did an Olympic leap up to the very top. Screw going up little by little. She perched up top and made it her own. So, your kittens will climb up on your tall furniture, even if you have a kitten pole type thing they can climb and scratch on. TP = Toy Poodle Version FB = French Bulldog Version GR = Golden Retriever Version ~ INTERIORS ~ Country Home $0 GR / $1,000 FB / ??? TP With its rustic fireplace, this room offers a taste of a leisurely country lifestyle. Japanese Style $0 GR / $1,000 FB / ??? TP This traditional Japanese room has tatami floors. Don't forget to take off your shoes! Asian Style $1,000 GR / $0 FB / ??? TP This elegant Asian-style room creates an exotic atmosphere. Fairy Tale $1,000 GR / $1,000 FB / ??? TP Decorate with plenty of pink, this is the perfect room for a fairy- tale princess. Modern ??? GR / $0 FB / ??? TP n/a Scandinavian Interior ??? GR / $1,500 FB / ??? TP n/a Luxurious $3,000 GR / $3,000 FB / ??? TP This elegant, old-fashioned room is perfect for those who enjoy comfort and luxury. Mario Style $4,000 GR / $4,000 FB / ??? TP Warp to the Mushroom Kingdom in this fun and quirky room. Futuristic ??? GR / $5,000 FB / ??? TP n/a ~ FURNITURE ~ Wicker Dog Bed $30 This wicker dog bed is nice and airy for those hot days. Plush Dog Bed $50 Pets fall into a deep sleep on this extra-cushy dog bed. Miniature Bed $129 This comfy dog bed looks just like a human bed, but smaller! Comfy Couch $200 This big, cozy, L-shaped couch is perfect for relaxing. Antique Sofa $3,500 Comfortable and timeworn, this sofa comes with a huge ottoman. Fancy Love Seat $1,500 This opulent love seat was designed for romantics at heart. Armchair $500 This leather armchair lends a touch of luxury to any room. Designer Chair $400 Beautiful form meets function in this chic modern chair. Dresser $160 This natural, unassuming dresser will match any room decor. Antique Chest $1,200 This classic chest of drawers is a striking period piece. Wooden Cabinet $500 This refined cabinet is a shining example of Scandinavian design. Bookcase $400 Old books line the shelves of this bookcase for an intellectual vibe. Cupboard $800 This wooden cupboard gives your room a cozy, relaxed look. Display Shelves $400 Art connoisseurs are sure to love this set of display shelves. Japanese Step-Chest $800 This traditional Japanese chest once doubled as a staircase. Fancy Wardrobe $600 This dainty wardrobe adds a lovely look to any interior. Display Case $2,500 This elegant display case is filled with delicate-looking heirlooms. Dining-Table Set $300 This simple and sturdy dining table is right for everyday life. Mushroom-Table Set $70 This mushroom-table set brings whimsy to any room. Refrigerator $800 Tasty things come from this box, but it just. . .won't. . .open! Retro Fan $70 This retro fan is far more stylish than it is functional. Oil Heater $130 Huddle around this old-fashioned heater for warmth. Arowana Aquarium $700 Watching this majestic fish is relaxing and almost. . .hypnotic. Piano $4,000 Kittens enjoy pouncing around on the keys of this piano. Retro Tube TV $300 An old tube TV. Smacking it on the side won't improve reception. Simple Cat Tower $90 This simple cat tower fits in well with any room. Slim Cat Tower $150 This minimalist cat tower almost looks like a work of art. RECYCLABLE MATERIALS_______________________________________[NC-RECYCL] Leather (Leather Key Ring) The leather is in great shape. Might come in handy sometime. - Leather can be found in wrapped presents along the Neighborhood route. Plastic (Plastic Bottle) Just an empty plastic bottle. Might come in handy sometime. - Plastic can be found in wrapped presents along the Seaside route. Rubber (Rubber Tire Chunk) It's a chunk of rubber tire. Might come in handy sometime. - Rubber can be found in wrapped presents along the Downtown route. Wood (Wooden Stick) This stick has a nice grain to it. Might come in handy sometime. - Wood can be found in wrapped presents along the Mountains route. Metal (Metal Bolt) It's a piece of scrap metal. Might come in handy sometime. - Metal can be found in wrapped presents along any of the routes. It is rare. Stardust A mysterious, shimmery gem. Might come in handy sometime. - Stardust can be found in wrapped presents along any of the routes. It is rare. OTHER ITEMS________________________________________________[NC-OTRITM] Items that I'm not sure exactly have a category. These are things I've found on my walks, but I suppose it is possible that they may show up in game other ways. Black Collar This classic design of rich leather is great for everyday wear. Piggy Bank n/a *I should note you can sell this to the store for like five dollars, but don't!! Take it home, crack it open by throwing it on the floor and reap the benefits! I found a $100 in my first one. Pizza Disc The fake pepperoni on this toy disc looks good enough to eat. Stuffed Dog This stuffed animal is the perfect playmate for puppies or kittens. Surprise Cookies These special cookies have an unusual smell. . . ------------------------ And while this isn't something you find, but rather start off with, it's good to note the AR Camera in your inventory. AR Camera This curious camera lets your pets jump into the real world! ------------------------ For winning each competition at the Nintendogs level, you'll gain an item. Victory Collar This prestigious collar is only awarded to competition champs. (Obtained through winning Lure Competition at the Nintendogs Cup level.) Victory Crown This glorious crown is awarded only to competition champions. (Obtained through winning Disc Competition at the Nintendogs Cup level.) NOT YET UNLOCKED___________________________________________[NC-NTYTUL] List is in alphabetical order to more easily find things in it. I may not have unlocked them yet or have had the chance to come across these items yet. Blue Bow $3 Bow Tie $26 Chef's Hat $28 Chef's Scarf $27 Chest of Drawers $160 Chicken Jerky $2 Cop Sunglasses $34 Crown $1,000 Diamond Collar $1,500 Fish Jerky $2 Flying-Butterfly Cat Wand $8 Glitzy Collar $56 Gold Bar $9,999 Heart Cookies $3 High Heel $8 Jumping-Fish Cat Wand $8 Leather Sofa $600 Masquerade Mask $300 Pearl Necklace (White Pearl Necklace) $200 (Sounds like either one per game, Black or White) Piano $4,000 Platinum Collar $100 Polka-Dot Bow (Pink and Blue) $8 Pot Lid --- Promise Ring --- Rose (Pink) $12 Royal Heirloom Necklace $1,000 Santa's Hat $18 Scarf (Pink and Gray) $24 Slim Cat Tower $150 Sporty Sunglasses $42 Star Shades $14 Starship Cabinet $1,300 Stunt Helmet $150 Tiara $1,000 Top Hat (Black or White) $80 VERSION EXCLUSIVE ITEMS____________________________________[NC-VEREXC] There are some items that have color exclusives to each version. It's nothing major, but should be noted that if you don't see them above, written from my perspective playing Golden Retriever & New Friends, it's probably because it is on this list. ~ Toy Poodle ~ Leash -- Red Leash, Black Leash Tennis Ball -- Pink Tennis Ball Rubber Bone -- Pink Rubber Bone Cat Wand -- Pink Cat Wand Flying Disc -- Green Flying Disc Pro Disc -- Blue Pro Disc Boomerang -- Yellow Boomerang Lure -- Pink Lure Pro Lure -- Blue Pro Lure Leather Collar -- Red Leather Collar, White Leather Collar Dot Collar -- White Dot Collar Japanese-Print -- Red Japanese-Print Collar Collar Faux Collar -- Faux-Zebra Collar Bell Collar -- Brown Bell Collar Bow -- Blue Bow, Red Bow, Checkered Bow Cap -- Red Cap Knit Cap -- White Knit Cap Sunglasses -- Red Sunglasses Movie-Star -- Pink Movie-Star Shades Shades ~ French Bulldog ~ Leash -- Green Leash, Brown Leash Tennis Ball -- Light Blue Tennis Ball Rubber Bone -- Light Blue Rubber Bone Cat Wand -- Blue Cat Wand Flying Disc -- Orange Flying Disc Pro Disc -- Yellow Pro Disc Boomerang -- Blue Boomerang Lure -- Yellow Lure Pro Lure -- Orange Pro Lure Leather Collar -- Blue Leather Collar, Green Leather Collar Dot Collar -- Red Dot Collar Japanese-Print -- Blue Japanese-Print Collar Collar Faux Collar -- Faux-Leopard Colar Bell Collar -- Green Bell Collar Bow -- Pink Polka=Dot Bow, Yellow Bow Cap -- Black Cap Knit Cap -- Yellow Knit Cap Sunglasses -- Yellow Sunglasses Movie-Star -- Brown Movie-Star Shades Shades ~ Golden Retriever ~ Leash -- Yellow Leash, Pink Leash Tennis Ball -- Yellow Tennis Ball Rubber Bone -- White Rubber Bone Cat Wand -- Green Cat Wand Flying Disc -- Blue Flying Disc Pro Disc -- Pink Pro Disc Boomerang -- Red Boomerang Lure -- Blue Lure Pro Lure -- Green Pro Lure Leather Collar -- Yellow Leather Collar, Brown Leather Collar Dot Collar -- Black Dot Collar Japanese-Print -- Green Japanese-Print Collar Collar Faux Collar -- Faux-Python Collar Bell Collar -- Blue Bell Collar Bow -- Blue Bow, Red Bow, Checkered Bow Cap -- Yellow Cap Knit Cap -- Black Knit Cap Sunglasses -- White Sunglasses Movie-Star -- Black Movie-Star Shades Shades ============================================================================== IX. Tricks [TRICKS] ============================================================================== Here is a list of tricks. Some of these I've found difficult to teach my dog so I haven't yet. View the tutorials for an idea on how to do it. But be forewarned that some of the difficult ones aren't as easy to understand as it seems like it should be. - Sit Down - Left Paw - Right Paw - Lie Down - Play Dead - Spin - Roll Over - Sit Up - Jump - Say Please - Stand Up - Cheer - Sneeze - Beg - Handstand - Breakdance - Howl You don't have to use the exact name they give you, and I'd recommend on some of them you shorten them or change it a bit. Such as Right Paw and Left Paw my dog had a hard time distinguishing between them, so I taught her "Right" and "Left" instead. Instead of Sit Down you can just say "Sit" which might make it easier for your pet to recognize. ============================================================================== X. Owner Points [OPOINT] ============================================================================== Owner Points are something you earn while doing things doing things with your pets. Brushing, walking, playing, bathing it, win competitions, and other activities which makes your pets happy can earn you Owner Points. The sparkles you see over your pets head for whatever reason they occurred means some points have been earned for making your pet happy. Don't forget things that brushing, just participating in competitions, petting your fuzzy friend, walk your dog, feed and water your pet, having your dog learn and practice tricks, as well as befriending and playing with a neighbor's dog can make it happy. This might not be a complete list, so try things out. Your pet may also lose points, from what Thonky.com says. Here is what it lists as some of the following things that might make your animals lose points. I will directly quote what is said. Please note this list is not mine and not in my own words. Credit is given below to the source of this information. - Not being fed when famished or watered when parched - Getting into trouble on walks (peeing on the sidewalk instead of in grass, eating garbage, getting in puddles) (dogs only) - Being dirty/filthy - Being left alone all day - Being teased (tugging ears/tail, making it sneeze, etc) - Having its leash tugged on walks (dogs only) - Being hit with a toy - Playing with a toy that scares it - Listening to a record that scares it Thank you to Thonky.com for noting that your pet can lose points, as I wasn't aware of this, but it does make sense. For a link to their guide for a closer look: http://www.thonky.com/nintendogs-+-cats/ * To find out how many Owner Points you have, you'll need to go to your Journal to find out. Once you are in your Journal on a page, tap the icon in the bottom right hand of the bottom screen. It should have your Mii image along with an envelope. Here, on the top screen, look in the top right corner. It will alternate between StreetPass tags number and your Owner Points! ============================================================================== XI. FAQ [NDCFAQ] ============================================================================== Here I will take questions being asked on the Answers section of Nintendogs + Cats area of GameFAQs and try to provide a bit more in depth answer than they may have gotten. A lot of these are questions I had too, until I found out on my own. If you have any you'd like to ask, feel free to contact me. Keep in mind this will be added to, so some of these will be from interaction from folks via email about their questions, or ones I see popping up on the internet. "How can I get my kitten to bring me presents?" Leave your 3DS open and unattended for some time. I've read anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes. The day I left mine open I did so for hours so, I can't say exactly. Don't get in view of the 3DS camera, since this game uses it. Your pets will know you are there then and your kitten won't go out and do whatever naughty things it wants to do. You might take notice that your kitten is gone if the game doesn't do any focus on it in some period of time. Or you may never know that it was gone until you go to click it's button or tap the Go Out and try to go somewhere. I tried to Go Out when I came back to my 3DS, when it told me my kitten was outside. It then brought me a present before I left the house. "How does furniture work?" The furniture isn't as open as I'd like it to be. You have four corners of the room to place any kind of furniture. That's it. Once those corners are taken up, you'll need to replace something if you wish to put something new down. I can understand why it was done this way, but it leaves a lot to be desired. "Do I have to purchase again homes I've already paid for?" Short answer, yes. If you've already purchased, say, the Fairy Tale room for $1,000 and then decide to switch back to the Country home, you will pay nothing since that is one of the starter houses (for my version). If you decide to go back to the Fairy Tale room, you will indeed have to pay an additional $1,000 to get it back. "What is Stardust for?" It is a recyclable item. You'll use it to purchase things at the second hand store. I know I found one early on, so I was not sure what it was used for for a while. At some point, through playing, you'll find items that will need Stardust to purchase the item. "Why doesn't my puppy bring the Disc back?" This takes a lot of practice, but don't give up. Any time you use the Disc, do not let your dog sit and chew on it. As soon as they catch it, or thereabouts, tap them on the bottom screen. This will get their attention and bring it back to you. Make sure to give them a quick pat to reward them for a good job. I ended up "teaching" my dog this still while doing Disc competitions. I couldn't wait and practice forever while she learned to do this. I just got good at timing it when she caught it and landed to double tap her. It's still not as quick as if she did it on her own, but I did save myself some time doing it that method. Then one day we were doing a competition and I realized she brought it to me on her own. Just have lots of patiences and one day your dog will surprise you as well. "How do I get my dog to stop being Plump?" Sounds like you need to get your dog moving. First, you'll want to only feed your dog when he or she is famished. This will help keep your dog slim. Second, while they are plump, try feeding it diet food. This will help, but not be the ultimate thing that helps lose them weight. You'll want to take your dog on a lot of walks and keep him or her moving. You can also play games with it to keep it active. Competitions are also good ways to keep your dog active and to lose weight. Just accept whatever fate has dealt you at the competitions. The whole point is to get your dog active. "How many pets can I own?" Up to 6 total, but here's how it breaks down. You can only have up to three animals at your house. But, with the Pet Hotel, you can put three pets in there and have a total of 6 animals. 3 at the Pet Hotel and 3 at your house. "Surprise Cookies? What do those do?" Nothing other than give your dog a high pitched voice from what I've seen. I think honestly it is more annoying than anything and I plan on selling any future ones I find. But, if you like to get a laugh at your dog, this might be a way to do so. "How do I restart this game completely?" If you want to start a new game, or perhaps have purchased a used copy and want to have your own save file, it's pretty easy to do. It should state in the manual, but for those lacking the manual, I'll provide it here. To completely restart your game you'll want to press and hold the A, B, X, and Y buttons all at the same time when the Nintendogs logo is shown after starting up the game. Believe it should provide a confirmation that you want to delete the current file. Remember, DELETING this file is permanent!! You only have one save file on a card at a time, so if you do this, you will be UNABLE to reverse the process and get your old save file back. Be ABSOLUTELY sure you wish to proceed. "Can my dog have puppies?" / "Can my cat have kittens?" The answer is no and no. Keep in mind that the title of this game is Nintendogs, but really, the dogs and cats you have are puppies and kittens respectively. They will not breed. If you want another cat or dog, you will need to purchase one from the pet store. "Where can I get AR codes for this game?" First let me start off by saying I don't necessarily approve of these cheat devices, but I know some folks enjoy them. To each his own and I respect that. I won't make this a place about AR codes or any other cheat device, but I will try to push you in the correct direction. Unfortunately, for the 3DS, the Action Replay just came out recently, at the time of this writing. It appears January 20th? I could be wrong, but that was date I thought I saw while doing some research. It appears to use the DSi Action Replay, and since it is so newly launched for the 3DS, there aren't any codes that I can come up with for any 3DS game. It will take some time for the community to get into it and share their findings with the gaming world. In the mean time, the best advice I can offer is to keep your eyes on the web. Do searches once in a while. If I find that I'm seeing codes appearing on websites, I'll state so here and probably suggest Google or something. We'll see when that time comes I suppose. ============================================================================== XII. Disclaimer [DSCLAM] ============================================================================== This guide should not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, private use. No alterations may be made to this guide. This guide is free and under no circumstances should anyone be required to pay for this information. If you've come across this guide after having paid for some kind of service or to view this guide specifically, please contact me. **This guide is exclusive to GameFAQs.** If you find any errors in this guide, feel free to contact me regarding the issue and I'll try to correct it as soon as possible. If you have any comments, concerns, or you feel I've left something out of this guide please feel free to contact me. Please, if contacting me in regards to this guide put something about "Nintendogs + Cats" in the title so that I may know it is not spam mail and that it is for this particular guide. I currently have several other guides out there and need to be able to quickly figure out which email is for what game. Thank you. ============================================================================== XIII. Credits [CRDITS] ============================================================================== Just remember you don't need a GameFAQ account or anything to be thanked! As long as you provide me with a nickname you go by, whatever it may be, it's all good. BlastBurnBoy Many, many thanks goes to BlastBurnBoy to helping me fill in breed information, as well as many items from the secondhand shop to accessories, to pet supply store items. The information provided was much appreciated! THONKY.COM Thank you to Thonky for a List of Items for Nintendogs + Cats. They helped with the Owner Points section in which I wasn't sure exactly how that all played out. Also helped me fill in gaps in my item list that I've not completed myself. A great help in the Item Unlock section as well. Some information they had up really helped pull this guide together in some sections. TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE READ AND USED THIS GUIDE... Thank you for using this guide. I put a lot of time and effort into it to make it the best possible guide for those seeking this information. I've put everything I can think into it, but I know I'm not perfect and am sure I've left something out. If so, feel free to drop me a line.
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