By Kelly Marshall
Many people mistakenly assume that if they adopt an adult dog, there will be little to no training required.
Unfortunately many adult dogs end up in shelters because they were either improperly or never trained.
If the adult dog was never house trained, then they will come to you untrained. You’ll still need to house train it, but one advantage is an older dog will be able to wait longer between “bathroom" breaks.
May people prefer to bring home a puppy because they can train him or her the way they want from the start. But you also have to be prepared to go through the teething stage and adolescence.
An older person may choose an adult dog because they do not want to go through the puppy months and are looking for a more mature dog.
Adopting a shelter dog or puppy means they have been examined by a veterinarian and are either spayed, neutered, or you must agree to have it done by the time the dog reaches a specific age.
Today, with new advancements in surgeries, many shelters are able to neuter and spay very young puppies.
When you adopt a shelter puppy or dog, you are save its life. Unfortunately many shelters are overcrowded and end up euthanizing pets.
Regardless if you choose an adult dog or a puppy, one is not better than the other; it all depends on what you want and what kind of environment you are bringing the dog into.
Both adult dogs and puppies can be trained if you take the time to teach them what you expect from them. Remember, dogs learn by repetition, so the more you walk your dog, or the more time you spend training him or her to “sit” or do other tricks, the more they will make the connection of what you want.
Bringing a new puppy or adult dog into your family is one of the most rewarding experiences. Your dog loves you unconditionally, regardless of how you look or act.
Before you decide whether to bring home a puppy or adult dog, weigh the pros and cons to decide what is best for your family. There are benefits to adopting either.
Kelly Marshall is a featured author on Oh My Dog Supplies. For more articles by Kelly visit Oh My Dog Supplies.