Have you ever thought of adopting a dog? One of the main considerations is whether to adopt a puppy or an adult dog – which should I choose?
Let’s face it – puppies are cute, funny, loveable and hard to resist. But they also require a tremendous amount of work, especially when you first bring them home.
Since they’re not housebroken, they will pee and poop whenever and wherever they want until they are trained. You should start potty training your pup to ‘do his business’ outside as soon as he comes home.
Puppies like to play and chew and no matter how many toys you buy, your pup will still grab something on the floor to chew on, whether it be a newspaper, a briefcase, shoes and slippers or anything else he can get his teeth around. Unless you lay down the law and teach the pup your house rules, he will continue to violate your house, especially when he’s alone, because he’s lonely and there’s one else to play with.
But remember, this pup who will test your patience and endurance will soon become a fantastic adult who will, hopefully, be your best friend for a long time.
Now let’s look at adopting an adult dog. He has outgrown his boisterous, high energy puppyhood. Hopefully he is potty trained and knows the general rules of your house without too much work teaching him on your part. You just have to ‘show him the ropes’ of behavior in your home.
Adult dogs generally have fewer medical expenses than puppies. If you adopted your dog from a shelter, he has been examined by a vet and, chances are he or she has been neutered or spayed as well as vaccinated, which will save you a lot of money in future vet bills.
Before you adopt a puppy you should decide what breed of dog you want because this pup will soon develop into a full sized dog with all the attributes and detriments of his breed. This is same rule goes for an adult dog. So, if you are a homebody then you shouldn’t consider a high-strung dog who needs a lot of play time and exercise.
Size is another factor you should think about. Do you want a small lap dog or would you consider a large dog such as a Collie or Labrador. Maybe you would want a very large dog for your house, perhaps a Great Dane or a St. Bernard. Think about the size of your family, both now and what it will be like in 10 years or so.
So there are many factors to include in your decision, but, no matter what dog you adopt, if it is wisely selected, you will have a new best friend.