Puppy or adult dog?
The idea is now maturing in your head, you want to welcome a new four-legged friend into your home! Are you ready for the big jump? Rather puppy or adult dog?
Having a dog is an infinite source of happiness. You will experience unforgettable moments of complicity and it is not for nothing that most people consider their dog as a full-fledged member of the family. 🥰
This article will guide you on choosing a new dog, but also on the things to prepare before his arrival. 🧐
Are you ready to have a dog?
Deciding to get a dog is something you have to think about!
A puppy is so cute! Who couldn’t fall for such a beautiful ball of fur? At least not the children 🙂 It is one of the first dangers and one of the first causes of abandonment. The ball of fur will quickly grow and the image of the puppy will disappear immediately. In addition, this ball of fur needs quality food, which requires a financial effort to keep in shape. That’s why we advise you never to make this decision on a whim, but to think it through with all the people who live under your roof. This will save you from unpleasant surprises.
A dog alone all day from 8am to 8pm never works. You must be able to devote time to your dog, because he will need affection, games and walks, otherwise you will soon have unpleasant surprises.
Some dogs need more exercise than others. A Hungarian braque like Sierra does not have the same needs as a Maltese bichon for example. However, you will need to make sure that your dog has enough time for walks. A dog needs it to develop its senses and socialise. This is an even more important step during the first few months of your dog’s life.
Flat >< house
It is better to have a dog in a flat that is taken out several times a day than a dog in a house with a garden, but which is given little or no attention.
While some breeds are better suited to flat life due to their energy and size, it is important to understand that a dog needs to let off steam, sniff, play. It will therefore be necessary to plan several outings per day, both for walks and to meet the needs of your loustic as it has no access to a garden.
Therefore, having a dog in a flat is quite possible, even if you opt for an energetic dog. You just have to take care of it properly. As you can see, it all depends on the chosen breed 🙂 Make sure you find out well beforehand, otherwise this adoption will quickly turn into hell for you and your dog.
Choosing a puppy or an adult dog?
As explained previously, the choice of a puppy should not only be based on your tastes, but above all on the dog’s compatibility with you. To do this, find out about the breed beforehand by talking to owners, they always do it with great pleasure. Field experience is always the best!
If you are not sure which breed to choose, we invite you to take the test carried out by Tipaw available here. In 3 minutes, they will evaluate which breed of dog would suit you best.
Having a puppy from a few months of age allows you to start training young and in the way you want. Let’s remember, however, that the first few months are never the easiest.
Time: Educating her and teaching her how to clean is not done in a day. You will have to take the necessary time, because a puppy has EVERYTHING to learn. Several learning sessions per day will be necessary during its first year.
Energy : A puppy can be devastating. If you think you can work quietly while your puppy sleeps next to you, you’re out of luck! A puppy sleeps a lot, but also wakes up a lot during the day and will constantly demand attention.
Foolishness : ALL puppies do nonsense, it is impossible to pass by. For some it is just a carpet, for others it is nibbled furniture. Your house will not come out unscathed. It’s never a big deal, because we would forgive these hairballs anything. However, it is necessary to be able to contain their energy and devote time in order to avoid problems.
The other option to consider is the collection of an adult dog. The shelters are full of dogs of all breeds whose former owners had to part with them. Contrary to popular belief, these are not aggressive animals. As sad as it may be, it is sometimes dogs that have fallen into families that had not thought carefully about the consequences of an adoption or dogs that have lost their master.
Time : By taking an adult dog, you avoid the learning phase. The dog will often already be trained and clean.
Energy: Depending on the age of the dog, he will be more mature and calmer than a puppy. Elderly people are often advised to take a mature dog that requires less effort.
Foolishness : The age of nonsense is, in most cases, past.
Tipaw, a platform referencing breeders and vets to people, has already listed a large number of Belgian refuges and breeders. You will find all the pleasure you need for a puppy or adult dog. Do not hesitate to contact them if you are not sure of your choice. They will be happy to help you.
In conclusion, there is no miracle solution, because every human and every dog is different. It will therefore be necessary to find out what would be best for your environment and your pace of life in order to have nothing but pleasure for many years to come.