Post # 1
Lately DH and I have been thinking about getting a dog. Since there are so many abandoned dogs, we were thinking about adopting one. Yesterday, we went to a local shelter where I saw the cutest Beagle-Terrier mix named Emily. She’s about 10 months old and so adorable and loving. However, DH wants a puppy thats about 6 weeks old, very young. He says he wants the puppy to grow with us as a family. Bc we couldn’t come to a decision, we didn’t take Emily home. Now DH wants to go look for a puppy at another shelter. I’m so sad. I want Emily. =(
Post # 3
That’s a bummer. I know how it feels when you really want a dog!
You should tell your DH that 6 weeks is way too young to take a puppy home though. Ideally they should be at least 8 weeks old.
Post # 4
If you get a slightly older dog, usually your potty training issues are gone, so you wouldn’t have to worry about piddling or accidents in the house.
Post # 5
Pros about getting a six-week-old puppy
- You technically get to spend a longer time with the dog throughout its lifespan
Cons about getting a six-week-old puppy
- Too young to be taken away from its mother and its littermates. This results in less-than-ideal socialization from a very early age, which will usually manifest itself in aggression issues later on in life.
- You will have to spend A LOT OF TIME on training. The puppy will have to learn EVERYTHING from you. This is mitigated by one of you always staying at home. People often VASTLY underestimate the time commitment that ANY adopted dog needs. This commitment is immensely heavier when you are talking about a puppy.
Post # 6
@skjumps: thank you all for comments. I’m passing them along to DH in the hopes it wears him down.
Post # 7
Is someone available to be home a LOT with a very young puppy? As in, one of you is not working? Very young puppies really are a HUGE time commitment.
A 10-month old dog will still most definitely bond with you. It is still a puppy and will be excited to have a home, rather than be wondering where its mother and littermates are. Plus it will usually have more training/be housebroken and you will be able to see its personality by that point quite well to see if it fits.
Post # 8
Agree with PPs about how much TIME it takes to handle a puppy! We adopted a 3 year old greyhound and he’s awesome. You’d think he was always ours. Didn’t need to be house trained, very easy transition from the shelter.
Post # 9
tell him young or old, that dog will grow with you guys as a family because you are giving it a home. i hope you get to adopt Emily. <333
Post # 10
I would also bring up the cost to your DH. Puppies are very expensive. At six weeks that means you’ll be paying for all of the vaccinations that puppy needs as well as getting her spayed which can run several hundred dollars (I think I paid $300 for my beagle’s neutering 10 years ago). I think within the first year of my dog’s life I paid nearly $1,000 in medical expenses.
The 10 month old dog will most likely be spayed already & have all of her required shots which is definitely a huge benefit. She’ll also probably be microchipped which is something you’ll have to pay for yourself with the 6 week old dog.
And I agree with the poster that said that 6 weeks is too young. 8 weeks is suppose to be the minimum. I would question anyone or place allowing adoptions at 6 weeks. That’s not very responsible.
I adopted my dog as an 8 week old puppy, and that’s an experience I never want to repeat. It was exhausting & caused so much stress.
Post # 11
Dogs are very much in the moment, and will adapt- a 10 month old dog likely hasn’t been abused or abandoned, it just took her a little while longer to get through the system.
Also, a dog is typically able to hold its bladder according to age in months + 1. so, a 3 month old dog can be reasonably expected to hold it for 3+1=4 hours. A 10 month old dog? 8 hours easy. (if you are crate training, which i highly recommend.) Housebreaking will be WAY easier.
I adopted my dog at age 2, and she was “used” as I say- she didn’t have an awesome start to life but has made leaps and bounds in progress. And I know that progress is because of me! Also, a rescued dog knows they’ve been rescued, and they appreciate everything they have so much more! And, a 10 month old dog is still very much a puppy and will still “grow up” with you. It’d be like starting out with a two year old- no, it’s not a brand new baby, but you’re still doing all the raising. And they generally sleep through the night! haha.
You’ll also get a better idea for what you’re getting- it will be mostly full grown, it’s personality is developed but still able to be shaped, etc.
Post # 12
Thanks everyone for the advice. I’m slowly wearing down DH. We’re going to the shelter again tomorrow to visit Emily. Hopefully, she’s still there or I’m going to kill DH.