Puppies and adult dogs

@anna728 (1499)
United States
August 21, 2009 4:10am CST
Almost everyone thinks puppies are cute. Some people adopt cute puppies but then don't like the grown up dogs and want to get rid of them. But then again, adult dogs and better behaved and more calm. So do you like only puppies, only adult dogs or both? Which would you rather have as a pet?
11 responses
• Canada
23 Aug 09
Any time I purchase a pet, dog or any pet for that matter I purchase a young pet. I purchase them at 8 weeks old to 12 weeks, this way they get used to their litter mates and makes it easier for them to start out in life to get aquainted with other dogs or pets of their kind or other kind, socializing bonding. Usually animals taken younger have a longer time adjusting in general. I am a dog trainer in general obediance, guard, agility and tracking. When I start training animals that are taken any younger than 8 weeks are further behind on the ladder of growing up and have a harder time adjusting to the world. Whhen I purchase an older dog to train and sell to people that want a dog trained/ partially trained you can tell when a dog needs to be babied along the way instead of just training. You have to socialize them more than others and takes a longer time to train. As dogs/ pets get older and more adjusted that is why they clam down a bit more, they are used to their owner , their surroundings and get more comfortable.. REMEMBER ALWAYS LUV/ CARE FOR YOUR DOG/ PET, THEY WILL ALWAYS LUV U...
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@anna728 (1499)
• United States
24 Aug 09
Yeah I think it's nice to get a pet at a young age so it learns to do things how you would like it to be trained.
@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
29 Aug 09
We recently took on a 10 week old puppy who needed a new home and she is a lovely girl although still very energetic. Our other dog is a 5 year old male and every time we try to discipline the little girl he acts as though we have told him off. I have never done this before. I have always had only one dog at a time or two puppies together who were often both doing the wrong thing. I am confused about how to let him know that he is not being disciplined. We always use her name first but he does not seem to have got that message yet. However, when it is clear that we are telling her off and not him, he always wags his tail like a cheer squad.
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@anna728 (1499)
• United States
29 Aug 09
Oh, poor dog getting confused... he will probably figure it out soon.
@Theresaaiza (9602)
• Australia
21 Aug 09
Hi anna, your topic is really interesting!Uh-huh, I did notice that we took care of dogs during their puppyhood years but when they grew up, we had to tie them with a dog chain. I think it's because they are puppies and they are cute and cuddly. But other dogs turn ugly and more smelly when they grow up. I am guilty of giving less care and love to grown-up dogs. Your discussion is an eye opener for me.
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@anna728 (1499)
• United States
21 Aug 09
Puppies, being cuter, are just so much more lovable! And I suppose if they are new, as puppies are, you are more excited about them but you have had them for many years maybe you are sort of bored of them, or at least less excited.
• India
5 Sep 09
adult dogs start mating at very unusual places like when ur on the market or ur talking to an elderly person..its really very embaressing out there
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@anna728 (1499)
• United States
5 Sep 09
not usually if you spay/neuter them, which should be done for lots of reasons anyway
• United States
23 Aug 09
As a person who has 3 animals as members of my family I got our first dog as a puppy but our second dog and our cat were adopted as older animals. I love our first dog, but he is a one person dog...and fortunatly/unfortunatly that person is my wife. On the other hand our other dog and our cat are the NICEST animals I have ever been around. Our dog Shadow came to live with us 6 years ago after having lived in a home where he was abused daily by, believe it or not a police officer and this dog is the most loyal, loving, and accepting dog I have ever met. He is large and is part Akita mix but he wouldn't hurt a fly. Our cat has been with us for 2 years and he was a stray that we got at an "adoption" day at PETCO and I always told my wife I would never live with a cat (alergic), after meeting him and seeing how good he was with my kids I decided to live with it-actually have developed an immunity to it now. I guess enough with my rant but I would adopt another older pet in a heartbeat, if we had more room!
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@anna728 (1499)
• United States
24 Aug 09
My dog was an older puppy when we got her. I have three cats- two from the humane society and one that we sort of inherited from my grandma. The two we got ourselves were technically adults but were still youngish when we adopted them. They've all been great pets!
@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
29 Aug 09
Well having just brought a young puppy into our house I have decided that we will not do it again. I think an older dog would have been better. We are no longer young and she is so energetic that we cannot keep up with her. Also our 5 year old is finding her a little to annoying for his taste as well. He has trouble finding a quiet spot to lie in where she will not hassle him to play with her. So far he just keeps trying to ignore her and hope she will go away. We just hope she will settle down in time but I think if we ever get another dog it will be an older dog who has gone through all this chewing, biting stage.
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@anna728 (1499)
• United States
29 Aug 09
That's true- puppies are pretty rambunctious and it takes so much energy to take care of them.
@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
29 Aug 09
As someone who has both an older dog and a puppy I would say I love both. The puppy might look cute but much of their behaviour needs to be trained. What some people think is cute is actually an attempt by the puppy to dominate the human and so needs to handled carefully. People often see puppies as cute until they destroy something they love and cannot replace and then they can end up at the pound as unwanted dogs. I have always raised my dogs from puppies and so benefited from years of love for both.
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@anna728 (1499)
• United States
29 Aug 09
good perspective, having both
• United States
23 Aug 09
I like both but I can definitely see why puppies are more lovable. They are a lot more cute and cuddly. Not only that, but they love you more actively too. They will always follow you around and crawl into your lap, etc. when adult dogs do more of their own thing and don't need you as much.
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@anna728 (1499)
• United States
24 Aug 09
Puppies are more cute and playful, but I think a lot of dogs will still be very interactive and needy. That actually used to kind of annoy me about our old dog. She was really big but she would just follow you around constantly, and then if you were sitting down she would sit in front of you, close as she could get, and then just stare at you. For hours. Haha she was a sweet dog but sometimes I just wanted her to go away!
@tintukm (1084)
• India
22 Aug 09
Dogs are dogs even if its a puppy or an adult dog ,to me.I have a dog for 2 years now,I love her when she was a little pup of 45 days old and now when she's almost a year old.Dog lovers must always loo after a dog otherwise,one would get bored because all the other person would want in a dog would be cuteness and playing attitude,these aspects keep getting down when pup becomes a adult dog.I would want a dog as a pet never mind if its a pup,a adult or even a lazy dog.Being in touch with a dog for a long long time would never make a person choose anything from his/her dog.
@anna728 (1499)
• United States
22 Aug 09
Yeah I think either way they are great to have as a pet so I would never get rid of a dog just because it grew up.
• United States
22 Aug 09
People need to educate themselves about dogs before taking on the responsibility of one. Having a dog, or any pet, is a commitment. You should not get a puppy just because it is cute. This is something that should be thought out. Puppies don't stay puppies very long. To get rid of your dog once it is no longer a puppy, is wrong. You don't get rid of your child when he or she is no longer cute. When you adopt a dog, or any pet, it should become part of your family, and be treated as such. There are so many homeless animals out there. Anyone considering a new pet, should take a look at the animal shelters and try to adopt an older animal.
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@anna728 (1499)
• United States
22 Aug 09
You're absolutely right. I hate when people just buy a pet and then abandon it when they get bored of it, it grows up, or it becomes inconvenient. I just think that's really sad for the animal, and it's really irresponsible on the part of the owner. People need to know what kind of a commitment they are making before they adopt an animal.
• Philippines
21 Aug 09
I don't really care if I get a puppy or an adult dog.I will love and take care of it nonetheless.what's important for me is it is healthy and easily trainable.I want it to be well behaved,especially when we go to public places like parks.a well-mannered dog is a delightful and lovable companion.
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@anna728 (1499)
• United States
21 Aug 09
great attitude on it!
@cloudi (330)
21 Aug 09
I would rather have an adult dog because they are better behaved and you can do other things with them. Puppies are very cute but they are also a lot more work then an older dog. You will have to train them and that can be hell. It is easier to play with older dogs as I find they seem to understand things better. You really can't play frisbee with a puppy.
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@anna728 (1499)
• United States
21 Aug 09
You're right- it's surprising how much work a puppy can be! Especially house training... yikes.
@med889 (5958)
21 Aug 09
Puppies are very cute, they do mischieves and make you laugh a lot throughout the day but they also make lots of problems in the house too, whereas dogs are much more mature , they watch out out house and more intelligence soI prefer them when they are grown up.
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@anna728 (1499)
• United States
21 Aug 09
Yeah I agree. I would like to go see a friend's puppy or something since they are cute, but if I am actually going to have a dog live in my house I would prefer an adult because they are so much more behaved.
• India
8 Sep 09
i like Pus sy..!!!
@anna728 (1499)
• United States
9 Sep 09
I REALLY hope you meant "puppy".