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Adopting a Dog - Puppy or Adult?

Everyone is going to be thrilled when it's time to adopt a dog. You can rely on your pet dog to keep you company, cuddle up with you and even guard your property (Even if it's just barking to let you know someone's around!).

What is your personal lifestyle and how will a dog or puppy affect that lifestyle? This is a major decision. Should you choose a puppy or a full grown dog? here are some things to think about before making that final decision. On Puppies * Adopting a dog when it is still a puppy is an advantage because you can train it yourself so it will fit with your lifestyle - not the original owner's lifestyle. You would also know for sure if your new dog has been properly trained, has been fed appropriately, and has had the shots it needs to prevent rabies and other illnesses.

You should not adopt a puppy before it is at least ten weeks old. Puppies need to be cared for by their mothers until that age. This is a crucial stage for them. Their personalities are more calm if they stay with their mothers until the appropriate age. windmill energy

* A puppy adjusts more easily new surroundings, where an adult dog will take more time to get used to his new home. However, an adult dog won't usually wreak havoc with your shoes, furniture and other personal items. They need to be housebroken and house training needs a lot of time, effort and patience from the owner.

* There is no assurance of what a puppy would look like when it gets old; especially if it is a mixed breed. Also, his temperament might change when he grows up.

* Puppies are very entertaining - somewhat like a child. They are very cute and lovable pets that are usually regarded as a member of the family. On Adult Dogs * It is less of a bother taking care of an adult dog. They already have this established behavior, especially if they have been trained right. You may have to adjust more to your pet's temperament than it's adjusting to yours, however.

* You need to get as much information that you can when adopting an adult dog. Take note of its habits and mood swings. You can get his information from the previous owners of the dog. Some adult dogs may have some behavior issues. It is important to know about these and whether they are behaviors that can be changed.

* It may take some time and effort for an adult dog to be completely comfortable with a new owner.

* Take note that you need to introduce an adult dog to your children and other household members. This would help the dog be familiar with them and helps them refrain from biting or barking thinking that they maybe strangers.

* Adult dogs may not need your full attention unlike puppies need and would require fewer to the veterinarian.

* For a fully grown dog, size and behavior is not a choice. What you see is basically what you get.

* Most adult dogs are housebrokenso they would cause less damage to your belongings and they won’t wake up at night like most puppies do. Usually, they have grown out of the impulse of chewing things.

* An older dog can easily adapt to other pets, like other dogs or cats, if you have a group of them at your household.

Adopting a dog is not an easy task and choosing which one to adopt can be a little tricky. Everyone loves sweet looking puppies, but not everyone can stand up to the tedious house training. Though most would appreciate the bonding shared with them.

Adult dogs need no great amount of guidance but can still turn out to be a lovable pet. Whichever you think is the right pet for you, just keep in mind that taking care of them requires a lot of time and effort. In return, they would always keep you company and has ready smile with an excited wag of tail waiting for you everyday.

Dog Breeds
  AKC Dog Breeds
  Airedale Terrier
  Basset Hound
  Bichon Frise
  Boston Terrier
  Bull Terrier
  Chow Chow
  Cocker Spaniel
  Doberman Pinscher
  German Shepherd
  Golden Retriever
  Jack Russell Terrier
  Labrador Retriever
  Miniature Pinscher
Dog Health Care
  Taking Your Dog to the Veterinarian
  Veterinarian Examination Process
  Nursing a Sick Dog
  Spaying and neutering
Grooming Your Dog
  How to Bathe Your Dog
  Eliminate Dog Odor
Feeding Your Dog
  How Much Should I Feed My Dog
Training Your Dog
  Changing Bad Dog Habits
  Training Your Dog for Proper Behavior
  Dogs That Chase Cars
  Training Your Dog to Come When It's Called
  Crate Training for Your Dog
Hypoallergenic Dogs
  Finding Hypoalergenic Dogs
  Grooming and Brushing Tips for Dogs That Are Hypoallergenic
  How to Help Dogs That Are Hypoallergenic
  Hypoallergenic Medium Sized Dogs
  Is the Schoodle a True Hypoallergenic Dog
  List of Hairless Hypoallergenic Dogs
  List of Hypoallergenic Dogs
  List of Top Three Hypoallergenic Dogs
  Small Dogs With Hypoallergenic Fur
  Small Hypoallergenic Dogs
  Tips on Buying a Hypoallergenic Dog
  Types of Hypoallergenic Hunting Dogs
  Types of Hypoallergenic Sporting Dogs
  What Are Common Signs of Dogs with Hypoallergenic Problems
  What We Can Do to Help Hypoallergenic Dogs
  What is a Hypoallergenic Giant Schoodle
  When to Buy Hypoallergenic Dogs
  Which Breed of Hypoallergenic Dog is Right for Your Family
  Why Do Small Dogs Help with Hypoallergenic Conditions
  Why Hypoallergenic Dogs Need Love
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