Everyone is surely going to get excited when trying to adopt a dog.  Truly a man’s best friend, you can rely on your pet dog in giving you  company, cuddling up together and some can even guard your  house. 

You need to review your personal lifestyle and needs when adopting a dog.  It is a major decision whether or not you would choose to have a puppy or  an adult as a pet. Before deciding on which dog to adopt, here is some  useful information that might help you decide.  

On Puppies  

  • Bringing up a puppy is an advantage because this means that you  would guide its growth and wellbeing. You would have the chance to  raise it up according to what you want. This means you can ensure  that it is properly nurtured with the right dog food, ensure that  necessary dog shots are given and prevent heartworm at this early  stage. Having your puppy personally trained is also a plus since you  can teach him exactly what you want.  
  • You should adopt a puppy when it is at least 10 weeks old. Puppies  need a lot of time to be cared for by their mothers. This is a crucial  stage for them. They somehow gain a psychological advantage for  both puppy and for the mother dog as well.  
  • A puppy can easily adjust to new surroundings as compared to an  adult dog. Although most puppies may cause minimal to major  damage to your personal stuff while they are in the stage of teething.  They need to be housebroken and house training needs a lot of time,  effort and patience from the owner.  
  • There is no assurance of what a puppy would look like when it gets  old; especially if it is a mixed breed. Also, his temperament might  change when he grows up.  
  • Most pet owners love how puppies can be entertaining. They are very  cute and adorable pets that is a hit for both children and grownups.  Puppies can be easily regarded as one of the family.  

On adult dog  

  • You would have less of a fuss taking care of an adult dog. They already  have this established behavior that you can easily adopt too. By being  with the dog more often, you would have more or less an idea of what  its temperament is.  
  • You need to get as much information that you can when adopting an  adult dog. Take note of its habits and mood swings. You can acquire  information from the previous owners of the dog. Some adult dogs  may have some behavior issues. It is important to take note of them.  
  • It may take some time and effort for an adult dog to be completely  comfortable with a new owner.  
  • Take note that you need to introduce an adult dog to your children and  other household members. This would help the dog be familiar with  them and helps them refrain from biting or barking thinking that they  maybe strangers.  
  • Adult dogs may not need your full attention unlike puppies need and  would require lesser trips to the veterinary.  
  • For a fully-grown dog physique and behavior is basically not a variable  anymore. What you see is basically what you get.  
  • Most dogs are housebroken already so they would cause lesser  damage to your belongings and don’t wake up at night like most  puppies do. Usually, they have grown out of the impulse of chewing  things.  
  • An older dog can easily adapt to other pets, like other dogs or cats, if  you have a group of them at your household.  

Adopting a dog is not an easy task and choosing which one to adopt can be  a little tricky too. Everyone loves sweet looking puppies, but not everyone  can stand up to the tiresome house training. Though most would appreciate  the bonding shared with them. 

Adult dogs need no great amount of guidance but can still turn out to be a  lovable pet. Whichever you think is the right pet for you, just keep in mind  that taking care of them requires a lot of time and effort. In return, they  would always keep you company and has ready smile with an excited wag of  tail waiting for you everyday.