if you are a first time owner or an experienced dog owner you
have, by now, considered how a dog is going to fit into your
lifestyle and what breed suits this purpose.
The next important step is to decide whether to get an adult
dog or does a puppy suit your requirements better. Each will
have advantages and disadvantages so some thought must be given
to how these will affect your family's needs and lifestyle.
Puppies are impressionable and can be moulded, you can shape,
train and socialise them to suit you and your family’s
lifestyle giving you the advantage of developing a strong
Raising a puppy well can be an extremely rewarding experience.
It has the bonus of being a tremendous learning experience
that many older children can benefit from.
Unless you are getting a pedigree puppy you cannot be really
be sure what size that cute little puppy may eventually be.
Puppies are undoubtedly an incredible amount of work especially
if there are other pets and younger children in the same household.
House-training alone could require constant supervision, Puppies
can involve extra expense, vaccinations, possible neutering
or spaying and there also the costs associated with a growing
dog. Remember those sweet little puppies will also go through
those “teenage” years.
Choosing an older dog.
Older dogs will generally have had some training in obedience,
be housetrained and usually sleep through the night, they
should have learned what "no" means and no longer
need to chew the furniture, carpets, shoes etc., They have
been "socialised" and taught how to get along with
humans, other dogs, and in some other cases, cats and other
animals as well. They will generally be more sensible, wiser,
calmer and already aware of what it takes to be part of a
Probably the biggest disadvantage with getting an adult dog
is that you don’t always know what you are getting.
Older dogs come with a unique set of experiences and from
varying backgrounds, so it is hard to predict how long a specific
dog will require to make the adjustment to their new home.
Some adult dogs may have behavioural problems you might not
initially spot, they may have been mistreated and need some
time to trust and bond with you, others may have been over
indulged and spoilt making them very demanding. It is always
possible that the type of training they have received may
not suit your requirements. An adult dog may bring questions
about his health. There could be medical issues in his past
that weren’t correctly dealt with that could cause problems
in the future. Like humans, dogs will develop medical issues
as they age. Joint problems, heart problems and eye problems
are all common in older dogs.
considering the positive and negative aspects of puppies and
adult dogs, you should now take a look at your lifestyle requirements.
How does your lifestyle match up?