Because the holiday is on it's way here is a great article from Dog Star Daily:
8 Tips on keeping your dogs calm for the fireworks
And from Pet Connection this is a good look at why you should research your breeder BEFORE you buy that puppy.
Heartbreak ~ Where bad breeding meets poor judgement
It is also important to research the breed of dog you are considering adding to your family to make sure it is a good match. I typically recommend going to the rescue wesite for the breed you are considering. Rescues are usually much more forthcoming with the negatives of a breed than some breeders are. Remember, THEY love their breed and may not see the negatives of owning them. Love is blind after all!