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View Poll Results: Do you Prefer Puppies or Adult Dogs?
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When adding another dog to your family, do you prefer a young puppy or an adult? Me personally,I prefer an adolescent (9months plus) on up. I have only had 2 young puppies EVER.All others have been older.Of course I am not against puppies,but for my household I think someone older would fit in better.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I will always look for a dog between 18 months and 2 years old if possible. Past the landshark stage, but still very trainable. We won't be adding any pack members for at least another year though.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would prefer an older dog too, but my last two were puppies. My next one will hopefully be older, house trained, obedience trained, good with dogs and cats....yes I can dream What I prefer and what I get are two different things, I thought the GSD puppy was going to kill me(exhaustion--my own of course), but I'm very happy with her and feel like I accomplished something, so that makes it worth it.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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, I thought the GSD puppy was going to kill me(exhaustion--my own of course), but I'm very happy with her and feel like I accomplished something, so that makes it worth it.
We have been torn with getting a puppy, but what you said about the exhaustion is what has stopped us. Maybe when we are really, REALLLY retired we can tackle a pup. They are just so stinking cute and funny.
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We have been torn with getting a puppy, but what you said about the exhaustion is what has stopped us. Maybe when we are really, REALLLY retired we can tackle a pup. They are just so stinking cute and funny.
I not only have the problem of deciding on a pup or an adult, but on a breed. I have a feeling that I will get another GSD and Golden Retriever, I just don't know in what order...they are both wonderful breeds and make the decision lots harder
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I've done both, and they were both wonderful experiences.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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We have had adults and puppies. Both were wonderful experiences. All of our GSDs were wonderful companions!
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:48 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I prefer getting them as pups.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:58 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Puppies, only because we have a young child and I dont want to bring in a grown dog that I dont know the history on or any bad habits. Even though its more work, its a greater peace of mind knowing they're starting with a clean slate.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:49 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Puppies. I like that I can control his early environment and be the person to train him/her when it counts most. I do not have **** phases because I do not allow, what I would call, bad behavior and can enforce strict, positive, and loving enforcement.
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