Are You Ready To Adopt a Dog

Are You Prepared for a Puppy?

Puppies are cute and adorable, with their eyes full of affection. They are often the top choice amongst adopters. However, there are some things you’ll need to consider to determine if you’re ready for a puppy.

  1. Time. If you adopt a puppy, you will need to expect to spend a lot of time with them in their first year as you’ll need to care for their every need, teach them how to behave and train them accordingly. They will require constant supervision especially in their first few months and you’ll need to take them outside every few hours to relieve themselves. It is important that you spend a lot of time into molding their personality and behaviour into the dog you want them to be.

  2. Training. Puppies are cute but needs to be trained so that they know what they can or cannot do. They will require a lot of exercising to ensure that their body develop properly. As they grow, they will start chewing, making messes, jump on strangers and bark etc and you need to have the patience to train them from doing so. This will continue until when they are between 18 to 36 months old. Of course, it will be tremendously rewarding and fun raising them and seeing them mature.

  3. Uncertainties. You will not be sure of the puppy’s final size and weight. We have seen many families gave up their dogs because of the size they grew to become.

Is Adult Dog suitable for You?

Some consider adult dogs easier to raise as you’ll skip the developmental stages of puppies such as teething, potty training etc. Depending on their previous care taker, they may already be housetrained. Once they are used to the new environment, they can be your ready and constant companions.

  1. May require less effort. Adult dogs could be more emotionally mature and be easier to take care of daily. They will be less likely to chew and make messes and is more suitable for family with working adults. In other words, they are more likely to be able to settle down and exhibit some self-control.

  2. Fully developed traits. You will have an idea of what you are getting when you adopt Adult dogs as they have already grown to their adult size. Their physical traits and basic temperament may be more apparent although rescued dogs may take a while to show their true personality. However, our trial homestay will allow you to understand the dog and see if it’s the right fit for you.

  3. May require more time to develop bond. As our dogs are rescued, they come from a myriad of background. Some of them could have slight behavior problems and it will take some time for them to get accustomed to the new environment. They will also need more time to bond with you.

  4. Can still be trained. Dogs can be trained at any age, and not just when they are puppies. All you need is patience and care to train the dog to do what you want them to.

Will a Senior Dog be Better?

Senior dogs are given up for a variety of reasons and most of the time, this does not include bad behavior. It is more often due to family’s reasons such as allergies, moving house, change in work schedule etc that made them give up their dogs. Senior dogs are the least popular ones considered for adoption but there are many advantages to adopting one of them.

  1. Generally have had some obedience and house training. Senior dogs generally have learned what are not right to do and as they have socialized for a longer period, they can quickly get along with humans and other animals. They tend to appreciate love and attention and can quickly learn what is expected of them to keep the love and attention.

  2. Constant Companion. Senior dogs have more patience and can usually sit calmly next to you while you are busy. They are also ready for hiking, riding in the car, walking on leash, fetching etc.

  3. Fully developed traits. They are easy to assess for their size and temperament as they have fully developed. There will be no guessing involved with regards to their final size as what you adopt will be what you get. It is unlikely that they will develop serious behavior problems as they grow even older as well.

  4. Can still be trained. Dogs can be trained at any age, and not just when they are puppies. All you need is patience and care to train the dog to do what you want them to.

  5. Less exercise required. While exercising is still important, senior dogs require shorter and less intensive exercise to fulfil their activity needs. This makes them particularly suitable for family who has a more hectic and busy life.