I was wondering who all truthfully enjoys raising a dog from puppyhood more so than acquiring an adult dog. I am much closer emotionally to the dogs I have had from their being 8 weeks old than I am to the adult dog I adopted. I don't really have a good reason for feeling this way. Maybe it is the maternal issue. Any thoughts?
I have my dog since he was a puppy and I love it. The only problem was that since we had him he had all of our attention now we are expecting a baby and are alittle woried how he will react to the new person in the house that will also be getting a lot of attention. He is very friendlly so hopefully it will go well. But having a puppy and then seeing it grow does bring you closer together. I love going back to the pictures when he was little still can't believe how much he has grown.
Yeah, I think I feel closer to the ones I raised because of just that--I raised them from helpless babies to nice, well-behaved adults. Well...most of the time. I always look at the one I adopted and wonder where he came from and who he once lived with. Don't get me wrong, though....I love him--I really do-- and have sacrificed much time, money, and energy on him. Yet...my parents who have recently retired would love to take him home with them. They live on 125 acres but don't have a fenced in area yet, so they want to wait until he can go out alone at times without constantly being on leash. I would give that dog to them anytime they asked for him, but if anyone wanted my other 2 "babies", they would have to kill me first. Sometimes I feel guilty about feeling this way.
i have have had a dalmation (she is 11 now) sice she was a puppy and it is wonderful to have seen her grow and learn. she is very loyal and close with me and the family. i have also adopted a yorkie who was from a puppy mill and abused. i am not sure of her past although i heard the she had been in the mill, a pet store and two different homes before i got her. she is very luck to have me and boy-oh-boy does she know it. i wonder sometimes what she went through and she has some bizarre habits that must stem from her past. i dont think that i can say which is better. both of the dogs are very close with me in very different ways. my dal loves me but she almost takes the luxury of her life forgranted where as my yorkie is so greateful every time she gets a meal. even if i did enjoy having a puppy better (and i am not saying i do) i would adopt a dog anyways because it is not all about what makes me happy but it is about the many dogs out there that NEED homes.
I don't know, I feel very close the my ones that have been here with us since they were pups, but we do have one female who is just the sweetest dog, and we got her when she was 6 months old, so she wasn't much of a pup anymore, but still some I guess, I really don't think it matters, there is always going to be a strong bond. Especialy if you rescued a dog as an adult, thats how I feel.
I have not been around a puppy since I was a kid. My poodle is a rescue, and I have been thru the hell and high water with her. Just as puppys raise all sort of h*ll, so has she. I have grown so close to her thru her retraining that its not even funny. Very close.
Heck no, your not the only one..lol I much rather raise mine from puppyhood, always a little weary how an adult will be. You don't know everything about an adult aquired like you do a pup that you raised. And it could have little bad habits that wouldn't be if you'd raised it. I really enjoy raising mine and knowing its full history has been with me and knowing everything about it vs getting an older dog. And I think the bond is definatly stronger because I don't feel the same with an older dog as I do with a pup I've raised. Some one could sell you a real lemon in an older dog if you're not careful.
don't know if I agree. The next dog I get, I am planning on adopting an older dog. my current dog I raised from 9 weeks, and I love him. we've definitely bonded, he won't even let me go to the bathroom alone in peace!
I don't know about that. I'm sure its individual, but I myself have a stronger feeling for that pup that grows into an adult. I'm not saying the adult has a "weaker bond" with me, but I don't have as strong a bond with them. So its what I feel and not what the dog feels. I bought a 2 yr old female and I never really had much feeling for her, but she was stuck on me like glue from moment one. I don't think her life was in any danger, she was safe, well taken care of and in excellent shape. Buying an older dog doesn't mean you are saving it from anything, but for some reason she had this liking to me straight off, unexplainable??
I love raising dogs from puppyhood, but, and I have Lily, my weim that I got then she was 8 weeks old, and Coco, my pit mix that I adopted when he was 6 1/2 years old. I am much closer to Coco than I am to Lily. Coco is much more attached to me than Lily is. Other than his fear of certain words, he has been much easier to train than Lily. I would gladly take an adult or a puppy, as, although I would have loved to raised Coco from puppyhood, adult dogs make great pets too.
I do believe that when a dog is in a shelter on death row that he knows he's been spared his life and WE the rescuer is the one that saved him from death. That is what I am talking about . I think there is some hidden way of them knowing that it is not a safe place to be. This is how this dog gets so attached to his owner and in turn usually the owner to the dog. But not in all cases as yours. I do believe that the more you go thru emotionally with a dog the more attached you are to it, especially abused dogs. As with new pups that need parenting and teaching.
okay so thats what your talking about, I didn't know this was a rescue thread, it just said pups or adults. Which came from breeders (for me). Your talking about a different subject, rescuing dogs. No one really specified where they came from as in breeder/shelter/friend or whatever, it was just a broad question. I think their was an arguement on this a while back. Some believed the dogs know others said they couldn't tell the difference. I think some know, dogs can sense things, others may not have a clue. Its sad to walk through shelters and see all the dogs, you almost wish to take them all home as they are barking and begging for attention, but there isn't anyway for all of them to be saved:(
Sue Ellen Ewing, (good name) I agree with you on this issue. My family always had a dog when I was a kid. We never had a puppy though. We always had a stray, or a given grown dog. They were never really MY dog, they belonged to the family and my Mom took care of them for the most part. I took in a grown dog about 2 years ago. She came from someone I knew who said they couldn't keep her because of their living situation. She was a beautiful part border collie and ? mix with a very sweet nature. She was so smart too BUT unbeknownst(sp?) to me, she had separation anxiety. OMG!!! I tried everything. She destroyed my house and actually jumped out of a 2 story window twice (she ripped a hole in the screen). The falls did not hurt her (amazingly) but I couldn't deal with her anymore. She was going to hurt herself with her fits. I advertised in the paper telling the truth about her and a nice couple with kids took her. They were very pleased to have her and the woman knew alot about this problem. She said she was willing to work with her. She also had time to be home with her. THis is exactly what this dog needed. I sadly gave her away. I recently decided to try another dog, this one from a puppy, so I knew what I was getting. My pup is 6 months old now and as far bonding and feeling close to him - nothing compares! He is the apple of my eye. I love him so much. He is my baby. I loved the other dog too, but not like this. I think it is that maternal instinct from mothering them when they are little babies. I think I would wrestle a grizzly bear to save my little pups life if it came down to it.
I love puppies! I recognize the needs of older dogs;however, I personally could not risk an older dog around my young grandchildren. You just don't know what ordeals they have been through nor do you know their temperment. You can't always judge from a puppy either but at least you have raised the pup and are tuned into their personality and what they will tolertate. When all my grands are grow and no toddlers around ,I plan to get a few old guys to settle back with!
I think it is great to raise a dog from puppyhood. That way we can socialize them from puppyhood, so that they are used to all of the things that are part of my family's life, such as my children, their friends, neighbor dogs, our handicapped neighbor, etc. It is also helpful to be able to nip bad habits in the bud, before they are deeply ingrained, such as relentless barking, inappropriate chewing, etc. Not to mention, PUPPIES ARE SO CUTE :0) It is also nice to know the parents of the puppy, as that can have a lot to do with temperament. Knowing the mother is good with the puppies can also be very helpful, as a good Mommy plays a huge role in puppy development. It is important to know the history of the lines, to predict genetic problems.
I have a rottweiler and a boxer that were both puppies and I love watching them grow up, training them, going through the crying, messing in the house, etc. But regardless if I acquired a dog that was older, I would still have a strong bond with that dog too.
i thingk that raising a pup from puppyhood makes you have a stronger bond with him/her because you can go through all the ups and downs with them. even thoughyou may be able to establish the same bond with an older dog