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     OFFLINE anniesat is offline

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    Happy Puppy or older dog?

    We recently adopted a puppy named Sophie. I was wondering if you guys prefer to adopt older dogs or younger ones? Either is still good



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    Default Re: Puppy or older dog?

    I have gone through both and there are pros and cons for both. Pro for a puppy is being able to train to your specifications but that's the con as well: training and getting them proper care which costs more money. As for the older dogs it's a pro that they are usually already neutered/spayed and have had most of all their shots so you won't have to pay hundreds of dollars for them. As for the con, it's that older dogs are already established therefore somewhat stubborn and set in their ways.



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    Default Re: Puppy or older dog?

    I find a lot of dogs get abandoned right after the growth spurt, which makes them somewhere between 8 and 14 months old. That's about the age mine was when I adopted him and I think it gives you kind of a happy medium. You still get goofy puppy behavior, but they are mostly housebroken at that age.
    One of the pro's to getting a slightly older dog is that you can have a trainer evaluate the animal for any really hard to live with traits - like fear agression, biting or separation anxiety. It's hard to tell with very young puppies, and a lot of behaviors only make themselves known as the dog grows up a bit.
    All of this said, I'm a total fan of anybody adopting any age of dog over buying one from a breeder. Too many dogs get abandoned and euthanized every day for me to be able to rationalize buying a dog for myself.



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    Default Re: Puppy or older dog?

    My last few,dogs and cats,have been rescues. A pet that is a little older is usually through through their "chew it up stage" and can still be trained.



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    Default Re: Puppy or older dog?

    Younger. My grandfather and aunt always get problem rescue dogs since they tend to be the least wanted. Simply put the dogs love their owners but I wouldn't leave my child around them.



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    I would like to adopt a young dog. I have 4 cats rescues



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    Default Re: Puppy or older dog?

    I prefer to adopt puppies because potty training is really important to me and it is so much easier to teach a puppy than an older dog who might have fallen into older habits by a previous owner. I'm not saying it can't be done, but it is harder if the previous owner didn't do a good job.



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    Default Re: Puppy or older dog?

    I have never gotten an older dog. I got my two dogs when they were babies and you are right potty training is really hard even for them. I had them since they were babies but they still pee and poop all over the place. It might be a territorial thing, not sure.



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    Default Re: Puppy or older dog?

    puppies. it's easier to get used to them over time and teach them new tricks and habbits



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    Default Re: Puppy or older dog?

    puppies. they're small and cute when they are little. also a lot easier to clean after



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