Should I Get A Puppy Or Adult Dog?

by Nancy Boland

Should I Get A Puppy Or Adult Dog? One of the first decisions you have to make when deciding on getting a new member of the fur-family is whether you want to welcome a new puppy or adult dog to your household.

Choosing a puppy can be hard work, they require around the clock watching and guidance. As they grow up, you’ll be able to shape their personality and behaviour for the better, or so you hope. An adult dog can be a great addition to the family because you’ll skip the puppy developmental stages. Depending on their background, you may not even have to work very hard at all to settle them in to your routine.

Should I Get A Puppy Or Adult Dog

Choosing between a puppy and adult can be a challenging task for any dog lover. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. Before making a decision, consider these important questions.

1. Do you have the time? 

A puppy requires constant supervision during their first few months of life. You’ll need to take them outside every few hours (at least) to begin the initial stages of house training. You’ll need to make sure they’re stimulated, chewing puppy toys specifically for teething and not your shoes and personal belongings. You’ll need to work hard with them to create firm boundaries and work on training. If you work at home or have some flexibility with your schedule, a puppy could be for you. If not, consider choosing an adult dog who already has their manners in place and is looking for a home to just settle into.

2. Is your lifestyle right for a dog?

Do you prefer to stay at home or hate being house bound? Dog owners who prefer to stay at home rather than go out have an advantage, as it takes time socialising and preparing a puppy to be well mannered in public. If you have a busy social schedule that doesn’t allow for puppy raising, consider an adult who is already trained.

3. Is it important that you raise the dog yourself?

When you raise your own puppy, you help to form its personality and behaviour. When you adopt an adult dog, their personality is already established and they could have some behavioural issues that take work to iron out. If it’s important to you to be able to be there from early on, choosing a youngster who you can watch grow up will be the best option.

4. Do you have children?

If you have a baby or young toddler in your family, you may want to wait a few years before adopting a dog (puppy or adult), unless you’re prepared to put in double the work. Older, responsible children, however, can help with the chores associated with both raising a puppy and caring for an adult. Choosing an adult dog ensures that you can choose one that has been around children and is tolerant to their ways.

5. Is cost an issue?

This is a question you need to ask yourself regardless of whether you choose a puppy or an adult dog. Also consider your experience in raising a puppy, the current – and future – makeup of your family, and the activity level of your household. Are you planning having a baby soon? Will your current dog be ok with children? It’s impossible to account for every future situation but if big life changes are likely to happen in your near future, like having a baby or a potential career move, then the responsibility of a puppy or adult dog should not be taken lightly.

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