Are you planning on welcoming a new dog into your home? If so, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make is based on age, specifically if you want a puppy or an adult dog. Both are equally as lovable and adorable, but they differ in how they will fit into your life. Consider a few things when making your decision.
Think about the role you want to play in their life. You’ll help mold a puppy’s personality from day one and teach them virtually everything they know. This isn’t the case with an adult, not to say you won’t have an impact on their life. If you are willing to go through the developmental stages of a dog’s life, like teething and potty training, then possibly a puppy is right for you.
You will also want to consider how much time you have on your hands. Puppies require a lot of attention and someone to spend a lot of time with them. Dogs with a few years behind them often need less supervision and provide more flexibility for owners. Think about your work schedule and how much time you have to dedicate to an animal. Training a pup can sometimes be a full-time job in itself, while an adult will develop a routine much quicker.
You should factor in the costs of adopting or purchasing. Buying a purebred puppy usually costs hundreds of dollars more than an adult or a rescue. Raising a dog obviously has a cost too, and you should figure out if your budget can support a four-legged friend.
In the end, a dog needs to fit in with you and your lifestyle. If you have a baby or young child, you may want to hold off on getting any kind of dog. If you have older children or don’t have kids then it might be the right time. For more on this subject visit: Pet Finder.
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