Adoption of a dog: some thoughts to consider

Have you ever thought about adopting a dog? One of the main considerations is whether to adopt a puppy or an adult dog, which one should I choose?

Let’s face it: puppies are cute, funny, adorable, and hard to resist. But they also require a tremendous amount of work, especially when you bring them home for the first time.

Since they are not domesticated, they will urinate and defecate whenever and wherever they want until they are trained. You should start potty training your puppy outside as soon as he gets home.

Puppies like to play and chew and no matter how many toys you buy, your pup will still grab something off the floor to chew on, be it a newspaper, briefcase, shoes and slippers or whatever else he can get hold of. Unless you enforce the law and teach your puppy the rules of your house, he will continue to violate your house, especially when he is alone, because he is lonely and there is someone else to play with.

But remember, this puppy who will test your patience and stamina will soon grow into a fantastic adult who will hopefully be your best friend for a long time.

Now let’s look at the adoption of an adult dog. You have outgrown your boisterous and energetic puppy. Hopefully he is potty trained and knows the general rules of your house without too much work teaching him on your part. You just have to ‘show him the ropes’ of behavior in your home.

Adult dogs generally have less medical expenses than puppies. If you adopted your dog from a shelter, he has been examined by a vet and has likely been neutered or spayed in addition to being vaccinated, saving you a lot of money on future vet bills.

Before adopting a puppy, you must decide what breed of dog you want, as this puppy will soon grow into a full-size dog with all the attributes and detriments of his breed. This is the same rule that applies to an adult dog. Therefore, if you are a home person, you should not consider a very nervous dog that needs a lot of play and exercise time.

Size is another factor to think about. Do you want a small lap dog or would you consider a large dog like a collie or labrador? Maybe you want a very large dog for your home, maybe a Great Dane or a Saint Bernard. Think about the size of your family, both now and in about 10 years.

Therefore, there are many factors that you should include in your decision, but no matter which dog you adopt, if you select it wisely, you will have a new best friend.