When you are looking to get a dog, consider adopting a homeless animal from your local shelter. Whether you want a puppy or a mature dog, a purebred or a mixed breed, your shelter has the best selection of animals. Check out also this Cesar Millan video:
As an additional advantage, you can be sure that all animals are in good health and don’t show any signs of abnormal behavior. Most animals from shelters will already be spayed and neutered, the costs are normally included in the adoption fee. Other good sources are pet shops that have monthly/weekly adoption programs.
Puppies, kittens, actually all young animals are usually very adorable. But these young animals require a great commitment of energy and time from their owners. Some of these really young ones almost require a 24/7 presence of the owner, which is hard to commit to with our work and busy schedules. If your daughter wants just a cute toy, get her one of these beautiful and cute gifts. Not a puppy.
An older animal is a much better option when you work, it does not need that much attention, care and exercise or stimulation as a young puppy. And don’t underestimate the advantage of a dog already been housebroken! Most of them have in addition the “bad teen-years”, as I like to call it, behind. Your furniture will probably survive without chew marks, your cables and carpets also. Continue reading