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Adopting a dog - Should You Choose A Puppy Or An Adult?

The decision to adopt a dog can be both exciting and scary. Having a new furry friend to curl up with at night and take with you to the park can be something to really look forward to. But before you adopt a dog, you need to consider your lifestyle and think about what kind of dog fits best for you. In some cases a puppy may be the perfect fit and other cases an older dog might be better. Here’s something to think about if you are considering adopting a dog.


Adopting a puppy certainly does have its advantages. You can raise the dog from the beginning of his life and be sure he doesn’t have any excess baggage or problems to deal with. You can make sure he gets the proper food and that care to keep them healthy for a long time. You can also be assured that he will be trained the way you want them to be.

If you decide to adopt a puppy, you should not adopt one that is younger than 10 weeks of age. Puppies need to be properly cared for and weaned from their mothers and this is critical to the development. Puppies who get at least 10 weeks of them are a shown to have some sort of a psychological advantage.

Puppies adjust easier to new surroundings than adult dogs do. Of course, puppies do exhibit behavior that adult dogs may not such as chewing up your shoes when they’re teething. In addition, puppies will need to be housebroken which requires a commitment of training on your part.

when you are adopting a mixed breed dog, you never really know what you’re puppies go quickly gets older.

Puppies can be cute and fun but they may not be for every family. Puppies require a bit of extra care and if you have small children, of course, they will need to be careful as puppies are fragile.

Adult Dogs

For the most part, adult dogs are easier to care for. When you adopt an adult dog, you should make sure that he is already housebroken and, unless you’re willing to deal with it, does not have any psychological problems.

if you have an adult dog in mind for adoption it’s best to observe the dog as much as you can. Take some time to play with them and try to figure out his temperament. If the previous owners are available they can let you know all about his little quirks. Be aware that adult dogs may have behavior issues that you want to make note of.

Some adult dogs may take a while to get used to their new surroundings and new family after they’ve been adopted. If you are adopting an older dog, be sure to give him the time and space he needs to adjust. When you get your adult dog home be sure to introduce improperly to the other members of the family and other pets if you have them. Let them know that they are all part of the family so that he will not think they are strangers and become protective.

One of the advantages of adopting an older dog, is that you can easily see what he will look like as he’s arty grown up. Another advantage is that most older dogs are housebroken and do not have puffy impulses such as chewing so they will probably be less destructive to your household and belongings of a puppy would.

Adopting a dog is not something to be taken lightly and you should carefully choose whether you want a puppy or an adult. All puppies are cute and playful they do require a bit more work than adults. On the other hand, an adult dog may come with problems from previous owners. Either way adopting a dog is a responsibility and you need to be able to commit to your new pet both with time and money. With the proper commitment, your new pet will be a friend for life!

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Choosing A Dog Breed
Housebreaking Your Puppy
Training Your Dog
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