What to choose - a dog or puppy?
You look around you and it seems like just about everybody is walking about with their very own pet dog or puppy on a leash. The temptation is too much for you to resist and you decide you are going to get a dog or puppy for yourself.
You get onto the everything-you-want-to-know-about-anything Internet and look up the different breeds of dogs or puppy and their characteristics. You have choices between big and small dogs, active and docile dogs, friendly and ferocious dogs, shorthaired and thick, longhaired dogs. You zero in on two or three choices and do a more detailed study about the characteristics of these breeds and think some more about if the dog or puppy will fit into your family. Don’t forget to check the activity levels of these dogs and the amount of time you will need to spend in grooming and walking each breed.
Now that you’ve finally found your match, the next step is to go out there and get that dog. You could put a ‘wanted’ ad in the newspaper. If you were really and truly lucky, one of your friends’ dogs of that same breed would have littered and she would offer you one of the pups. That’s it, your search is ended and you’ve got what you are looking for.
If that does not happen and you are back to the wanted ads, you may want to consider other options. One of the options is to go to the local dog pound and see what they have there. You could just find the breed you are looking for. At the dog pound, you may get carried away with the amount of dogs they have in a particular breed. They could have dogs of a particular breed at various ages. Some are puppies and some could be grown-up.
There are some advantages to getting a puppy and some advantages to bring home a fully-grown dog.
A puppy’s universal attraction is undeniable. Nobody could ever resist admiring the antics of these sweet, adorable puppies. But you wouldn’t find it so sweet if you came home and found your best pair of sandals chewed up by this lovable fur ball. Puppies are, well, puppies. They are playful, loving and cuddly. Just like little babies do, little puppies too need a lot of attention and care and instruction. You need to teach them not to eat up all your favorite belongings and just stick to theirs. They need to be house trained, and this one takes time. They have to be taught a lot of things, except one- how to love. Puppies love you unconditionally. In their eyes you can do no wrong.
An older dog meanwhile would come to you already trained in some basics like obeying certain commands and hopefully it would be house trained. But remember though, an older dog comes with its own set of characteristics, which are difficult to change at a later stage.
Whether you buy that dog or puppy, you can rest assured you’ve made the right choice. You’ll have yourself a faithful companion, who’ll stick by you through thick and thin. Your dog or puppy will accompany you on long walks through the woods and will always be there to pick you up when you are down.