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|December 13th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.|
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Puppy or Adult?
Wondering about adopting a puppy versus an adult dog?
Puppies Require Work
Puppy growth, which is often compared to the time requirements of raising a human baby, can be a very rewarding experience. And just like a baby, you will not discover the dogs' true personality until it is nearing adulthood. Young puppies require large amounts of time; feeding 3-4 times a day, kept in a confined area indoors and let out every few hours to eliminate. The first few weeks can be filled with sleepless nights as the bewildered puppy seeks comfort and food. A puppy's growth phase requires much direction and training. Housetraining is accomplished only after accidents. Teething lasts the first six-eight months. And puppies don't become mature adults until they are two years old, meaning they act like teenage dogs for a year or more.
If everyone in your home is gone for eight hours a day, your puppy probably won't get the attention he or she needs to meet your expectations. If you are gone much longer than eight hours a day, even adult dogs have high attention needs and may not be a good choice for your current lifestyle.
Advantages to adopting Adult Dogs
Most dogs given to shelters are young adolescents. Many times they do not have behavioral problems; they were just victims of well-meaning owners who did not have the time, knowledge or patience for the needs of a dog.
While many rescue dogs could use a little more training, they usually bond quickly with new owners, and have fewer needs than a young puppy.
• Many shelter dogs are already housetrained, though they often need some reminders and a few days of adjustment time after their stay at the shelter or even with a foster family. Even if they were sadly kept outdoors only, adult dogs often only need a day or two to learn that they live inside, but eliminate outside.
• Many shelter dogs have already lived with children. People often assume that they should start with a puppy if they have children. Puppies have sharp baby teeth and can play too roughly with young children. There are many adult dogs in rescues that are recommended for households with children. And, teaching children about the moral benefits of saving the life of a homeless adult pet is a lesson that will never be forgotten.
• Adult dogs are easier to train than young puppies because they have longer attention spans. And many rescue dogs already know some basic commands taught in their first home or by their foster families.
• Adult dogs are generally more predictable. A dog isn't full-grown until it's a year old, so when adopting an adult dog you already know its full size, health and real personality.
• Dogs mature out of their "teenage phase" until they are often two years old. Adopting an older pet means that someone else already had his or her shoes chewed and you get the benefit of a dog that is mellower and allows you to finish the entire newspaper.
• Don't discount a dog that is approaching a senior age. Even an eight-year-old dog has the likelihood of many more good years to give you. A senior dog often offers the sweetest rewards.
• You are taking a stand against the pet overpopulation crisis and saving an animal that will bond quickly with you, and shower you with gratitude and unconditional love.
All dogs are pack animals and have high needs for regular companionship and attention inside the home with their humans. If you are gone much longer than eight or nine hours a day, a dog may not be an appropriate pet for your busy lifestyle.
Check out our many adult dogs who would be perfect matches for your current and future families!
- Thank you to the Boxer Rescue Foundation for their generous 2008 grant in support of the work here at Boxer Rescue of Albuquerque!
- New feature page: FABO - For Adoption by Owner