Mike and Lena took a while to come to terms losing their 2 dogs to old age illness. They decided they would like to get a very young dog, so they can look forward to a long time together. After spending plenty of time with the different aged puppies TNR Trust had, they chose Evie.
A puppy can give lots of joy, but many people who have had older (well-behaved and calm) dogs forget the challenges puppies bring. Evie ‘s adopters thought very carefully before adopting her:
- How much time would they have available as they both work?
- How much time will the puppy be alone in a day, especially when just coming into a new home and missing her friends?
- Will they have time to do positive training? This training needs to be done every day for at least 1 year so the pup will be an obedient dog who won’t jump on everybody.
- Will their shoes survive a puppy’s antics? The fact is that puppies until at least 1 year old will happily destroy shoes, furniture, cushions and kids’ favourite toys whilst teething.
- A puppy is like a toddler who needs the same amount of attention, love, and guidance as a human version. Do they want a “small child” in their lives?
- Who will happily look after puppy when they are away?
- Puppies need far more vaccinations then an adult. This is costly. Will they be able to afford it?
Having considered the above, they decided to choose an older puppy who had already gone through some of the stages of puppy hood and basic obedience training. That Evie is a glamour girl is just an extra bonus!
So before you take a puppy consider your circumstances carefully. “My child loves dogs ” is not a reason to get one. The work involved in raising a puppy to become a well-adjusted dog is huge. Evie (now called Kivuli) is lucky to be in a home where they did the homework before adopting her.
We recommend you consider all the pros and cons with the whole family, including your staff (if any)! That way, you will be able to choose a dog that will be a perfect fit for your family and situation in life.