Adopting a Dog — Some Thoughts to Consider

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? Puppies and Adult Dogs have their particular set of advantages and disadvantages and understanding them will help you make the best possible decision about what to have. Other factors are breeds, size, the list goes on. Having an overview of the nitty-gritty will help you make an informed decision about what you want when it comes to dogs.

Puppies

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Let’s face it, puppies are cute, funny, loveable, and hard to resist, They can bring the necessary light into a home with their playful attitudes, their smiles, soft barks, inquisition and outright stupidity can make you teary with laughter. Science experiments have shown that they can help prevent stress and increase your tendency to exercise as you go about caring for them.

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.

Is it possible to handle a puppy? Yes. 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.

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Adult Dogs

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Now let’s look at adopting an adult dog. By this stage, 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.

They are calm, articulated, easier to work with and less stressful. You just have to show him the ropes’ of behavior in your home and they will fit in like a jigsaw.

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.

Breeds

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 the same rule that goes for an adult dog. Breeds directly affect grooming, vet bills, attention which will directly affect your schedule. It is therefore important to choose the right breed that fits your current schedule. So, if you are a homebody then you shouldn’t consider a high-strung dog who needs a lot of playtime and exercise.

Size

Size is another factor you should think about. Do you want a small lap dog like a Brussels Griffon or a Chihuahua 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 and what will likely fit it and you will know the best route to follow. Remember, a dog is a commitment.

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Conclusion

So there are many factors to include in your decision, the first thing to understand is that it begins with you, your plans for the future, your schedule, your environment, your work. If you have figured this out, you can choose a dog that fits best into that plan.

Trust me when I say this, there is a dog for every plan, no matter what dog you adopt, if it is wisely selected, you will have a new best friend.

Thanks for Reading.

Audia…

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