Friday, April 22, 2011

Puppies vs. Adults

You’re seriously considering adopting a Pit Bull.  Now your question is do you want a puppy or an adult dog?

Some feel puppies are the better choice.  Puppies should be considered a work in progress.  Many things mold the way a puppy will turn out.  Often you won’t see a dog’s true colors until after they have reached maturity.  However, if you understand this and have the time and patience this may be the choice for you.  Often people don’t always have the kind of time to commit to the ongoing training of a puppy.

In that case an adult dog may be better suited for you and your life style.  They typically show their true personality.  Their likes and dislikes.  Whether it is friendly with others, whether it’s got behavior issues or quirks are often more evident.  Also something else many don’t realize is adults are less likely to be adopted out.  After all who can resist a cute puppy face?

Something to remember when considering shelter dogs young or old is all will need a transition period.  Their housetraining, leash manners, and behavior in general may need some extra attention.  Also don’t forget Pit Bulls aren’t for everyone.  They are usually a high energy breed no matter the age.  You have to be prepared for that.  Be sure to express your wants, concerns, and needs to the shelter workers.  Being open and honest about what you are looking for can help match you with the right dog for your family.        

Author's Note - As an adopter of both young and older dogs I find either experience has it’s challenges and rewards.  I don’t look at the age as much as I look at the chance at saving another dog’s life.

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