If you want a dog, you have the option of getting an adult dog or a puppy. Puppies are, of course, utterly adorable and playful. However, some people might be better off with adult dogs. In case you are looking for a canine companion, here is what you should know about getting a dog versus a puppy:
Puppies Require More Care
Owning a dog, whether old or young, is a major responsibility. Puppies, though, require more care, like young children. Puppies of all breeds are generally very energetic. They are going through a life phase where they are as curious and can be as hyper as children. Puppies also require more care on the part of the human owners. Like children, puppies have to be watched over to make sure they don’t get into dangerous situations. Puppies have to be fed more than older dogs. Plus, puppies may have to be toilet trained, meaning you will have to take it out seven or more times a week. That is time-consuming work. If you are not ready to do all that, you shouldn’t get a puppy and should just get an adult dog that’s already trained.
Puppies Chew on Everything
Puppies that go through the teething phase chew on practically everything. Your slippers, clothing items, or even furniture will not be spared. This can be a nuisance if you live in an apartment, or if you own very expensive stuff that’s hard to replace. Adult dogs don’t do this typically. If you see a lovely kelpie dog for sale and bring it home, you can be largely assured that it won’t ruin your expensive shoes.
Older Dogs are Mostly Trained
Older dogs have at least some form of training when they are put up for adoption or sale. You won’t have to toilet train the dog or spend time teaching proper behaviour. That’s a good reason to get a dog. But keep in mind that some dogs, especially ones found in shelters, might have behavioural issues that need fixing. Puppies, on the other hand, have to be trained from the beginning. Some owners may not want to do this.
Older Dogs are Less Messy
Expect to clean up a lot after a puppy. It might soil the carpets, chew on stuff as mentioned above, and generally play with things and leave a mess. Adult dogs are less messy and know the right spots to “go”. They are far less energetic than puppies and don’t make a mess of the living room trying to play.
Adult Dogs May be Better for Children
Some people get puppies so that children can grow up with them. This might not necessarily be a good idea. Puppies who are younger than 18 weeks are still learning social skills. They need a lot of positive interactions with other dogs, people, and things to develop healthy behavioural norms. Therefore, a puppy may not know how to interact properly with a small child. Adult dogs have already learned obedience skills so might be more tolerant of small children who can engage in annoying behaviour like pulling tails.
It should be noted that both puppies and adult dogs require careful care. Consider the above points before you commit to getting a puppy or a dog. Keep in mind that you will have to take care of a puppy like a small child until it’s old enough. On the plus side, puppies grow up much more quickly than children.