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