If you’ve decided to adopt a dog, you may be conflicted over whether or not to adopt an adult dog or a puppy. While both are good options, it’s a good idea to consider whether a dog or a puppy will better fit into your lifestyle.

Regardless of what age your new pup might be, once you bring him or her home, training should be your biggest priority. Training both puppies and adult dogs can be tricky, but luckily the experts at ACDT can help! We proudly offer professional dog training for dogs in the Medford area. Whether you’re looking for puppy obedience training or training that will target bad habits, we’ve got you covered. Learn more about the classes that we offer, and be sure to stop by ACDT to sign up today!

Before you jump right in and adopt the first dog you meet, it’s important to consider all of your options, including whether or not to adopt a puppy or a full-grown dog. In today’s post, we will go over what you should think about when making your decision about the age of your new furry friend.

History

Depending on where you adopt your dog from, you may have the chance to learn a little more about their history and bloodline. For example, if you adopt a puppy from a breeder, you may have the chance to meet the parents, learn about their history, and even have your pick of the litter. On the other hand, regardless of if you are adopting an adult dog or a puppy, when you adopt from a shelter, the chances of knowing the history of your furball are slim.

With that in mind, it may be more appealing to adopt a puppy. Even if you don’t know the history, it will most likely be easier to train him or her. However, with the right tools and techniques, adult dogs can be trained just as well as puppies.

Attention

As you make your decision between adopting a puppy or an adult dog, it’s also important to consider the amount of attention each will need, and the amount of attention you will be able to provide. Do you work a full-time job with set hours? Do you have the time to get away from the job in order to check on your pup? Puppies are a lot more high-maintenance than adult dogs, only because they are still babies. They will have to be let outside multiple times a day to do their business, and they will have a lot of energy. Adult dogs, on the other hand, have better bladder control and can handle being left alone for hours at a time.

Size

Size is also an important consideration when you adopt a dog. While puppies are tiny and cute when you first bring them home, their size as they age can be unpredictable, which could cause problems if you don’t have a ton of space. That being said, if you adopt an adult dog, you won’t have to worry about him or her getting too big. You’ll be able to find a dog that will be a perfect addition to your home and won’t need more room than what you already have.

These are just a few things to consider when deciding between a dog or a puppy. Nevertheless, when you adopt your new furball, you will probably have to work on training. Luckily, ACDT can help! We offer a variety of dog obedience classes to fit the needs of you and your dog. To learn more, and to sign up for one of our classes, contact ACDT today!

We look forward to seeing you and your dog soon.