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11-27-2016 08:12 PM
Nikkia I bought Nikkia as a puppy at 8wks

I got Kavik as an adult at 1-1/2 yrs
11-27-2016 08:01 PM
Akita Inu I rescued a senior dog. But I voted bought from a breeder because next time I'm doing it.
11-12-2016 09:44 PM
CarrieJo Too funny I adopted mine as a puppy 4 or 5 weeks old and it took her 12 weeks before she bonded with me! (believe me I was the one feeding, and taking care of her all day every day and took her with me everywhere I could as soon as she was well enough to) I always believed you where better off getting them as a puppy. But sometimes situations make things different.

I have always ALWAYS wanted a puppy for 2 reasons. 1. I will keep and love the dog till the day it dies would like to experience the puppy stage and not just the adult stages.

2. With having kids I figure it would help me to train the puppy from the beginning to not be aggressive, food protective or more apt to snap or bite at someone.

My 3rd reason is NEW and first time experienced. I have always felt that way they were not abused. But this last adoption taught me that when they are not getting their needs met, de-worming, enough food, she had Coccidia and or giardia, enough nutrition and lord knows what else she experienced in her first 4 or 5 weeks of life did take a toll on her. At least I think so I would of thought she would be more puppy like and more trusting of others at the beginning. To be honest I just could not leave her there knowing what kind of attention I could give her and knowing that she was really in a lot of need even though I was looking for a full blooded German Shepherd. I fell in love with her picture and she needed a good home. Although I must admit I was torn between her sister who looked like a full blooded white lab. (she was bigger boned obviously healthier)
11-12-2016 05:20 PM
Originally Posted by DeadEye View Post
I feel like you connect much more with dogs when u get them as a puppy
I think this very much depends on the owner and the dog. Certainly some puppies attach themselves to a human as a puppy and continue to have a strong bond with that human, even if the majority of ownership goes to another person, or if the dog changes hands. I had a bitch for a year and then sold her to a lady, and she became a formidable dog with an awesome bark. They even did some protection work with her, and she would keep people in their cars. I did not see her for nearly 4 years. I saw her briefly while she was pregnant, and then went to deliver the puppies. That first night, she climbed up on the couch and slept with me.

The next day she was fine with me when we went to the vet, and I delivered the puppies, and they were all tough to get out, my hands were in places hands shouldn't have to go. Her owner was there too, but I was cheerleading, and I was hands on, I was helping her not lose ground. I was telling people to go get ice cream, I was drying off pups, and I had to work on one to get her going. The bitch was awesome with me. Those puppies are about 18 months old now. And, about a month ago, I saw her again. She had just had a surgery for an intestinal blockage. And they brought her home from the hospital and took her downstairs. When she saw me, she was so happy, came over and rested her head on me. What a great gal.

But this bitch is every bit as attached to her new people. When the husband came home and we were sleeping on the couch, she was so happy to see him. Every time he came in the room when having the puppies she was thrilled that he was there. And she wasn't happy without her owner being in the room with her. I'm not saying she has separation anxiety. But if her owner let her mother in law take care of her for a year, and then came back, this dog would be totally thrilled to see her again. It is just her nature to form very strong bonds with her people.

There are other dogs that have trouble bonding with people even as puppies. I sold Dolly as a puppy, and got her back just before six months. Good thing I did. But I had to give her space and time and let her learn to trust me again, and to heal. Now she is totally bonded with me.

I think we humans remember their puppy antics puppy-love so to speak long after they become adults. And by the time they are adults, we have a tight bond. For some, missing out on that stage might make the process different. I expect other people just begin to bond with the dog at first sight and never look back. There may be a different set of beginnings/memories -- getting the dog from the shelter, seeing how nervous the dog was, that first bath, going for the first walk, gaining weight back and condition back, and the moment when the dog accepts you.

There are so many things that endear us to our dogs, and each dog is different. Getting a puppy, or getting a dog at 1 or 2 years, or 4-5 years, or even 8-10 years really might not make a difference.
11-12-2016 02:37 PM
DeadEye I feel like you connect much more with dogs when u get them as a puppy
03-02-2016 10:47 AM
HOBY The poll questions...I've done them all.
03-02-2016 10:42 AM
justine.diaz I adopted 1 and purchased 2

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02-25-2016 09:35 AM
Jenny720 Very happy with my pup I purchased from a breeder.
02-25-2016 08:37 AM
ruger123 Ruger originally came from a good breeder, but the police K9 program was scrapped, and the officer and his wife's work schedules made owning a non-working dog really difficult, so he came to live with us. He was started as a pup and then when they decided to get rid of the program, Ruger was neutered and his training changed. We are going to look into schutzhund to give him something to do, I think it would be really fun for both of us.
02-21-2016 06:41 PM
MagicHorse My husband just bought our 1st German Shepherd at 17 months old. We bought him from Erich Grasso & we are not sure of the exact circumstances he became available yet. We're suppose to meet up with him soon so we'll find out all the details. We've had him less than a week, but love him already. He's very smart & well behaved. He's not sure what to think of the cat, so we have to watch him in that area, but he's starting to realize to leave her alone.
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