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Old 12-28-2011, 07:50 PM
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Younger vs Older puppy RE behaviour

I sorta started asking about this in another thread where I asked about house training. But I think this topic is worty of its own thread.....

Hubby and I are not able to source an adult dog that we'd like (we are after a specific breed and none are available in our area). So the next thing we are considering is an older pup (three are available). The pups live with the breeder and are 8 months old.

Our reasoning for choosing an 8 month old pup instead of an 8 week old one from a new litter is that with the 8 month old one, it'll be a "bit"" less puppy-ish/silly (though we know it'll still have months to grow up), it'll be house trained already, and it may not be so much into the chewing of stuff any more.

But I'm eager for advice:

-Is an 8 month old pup really that much less of a puppy?
-Would we be better off getting an 8 week old pup so that we can start training it right from the get-go?

Any other opinions? Thanks.
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An 8 month old is a very different creature from an 8 week old.

Think of an 2 month puppy as about a 2 year old human child
An 8 month old is more like a high school aged child.
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An 8 month old is a very different creature from an 8 week old.

Think of an 2 month puppy as about a 2 year old human child
An 8 month old is more like a high school aged child.

Ha! Great example

I tend to over-think things and over-analyze things but I just want to make sure we consider as much as we can before we decide which dog to pick. We are 100% sure of the breed, could go either way with sex but are on the fence about the age--though its more of a 70/30 on the fence favouring the older dog.

Just wanna make sure we don't pick the 8 month old, expecting a more sedate pup and end up with a furry tornado (and I definatley know there's not telling how the dog will behave).
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An 8 month old is a very different creature from an 8 week old.

Think of an 2 month puppy as about a 2 year old human child
An 8 month old is more like a high school aged child.
Exactly. Each are going to have their own challenges. Regardless of age, either age group is going to need a lot of training, attention, and supervision.
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Ha! Great example

I tend to over-think things and over-analyze things but I just want to make sure we consider as much as we can before we decide which dog to pick. We are 100% sure of the breed, could go either way with sex but are on the fence about the age--though its more of a 70/30 on the fence favouring the older dog.

Just wanna make sure we don't pick the 8 month old, expecting a more sedate pup and end up with a furry tornado (and I definatley know there's not telling how the dog will behave).

High schoolers are still far from being settled, sedate adults. They still have plenty of energy and mischief in them, so be prepared! (I teach high school kids!)

If you are really looking for a settled dog, go for an adult. Otherwise, be prepared for plenty of antics, at least until the dog is a couple of years old.
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High schoolers are still far from being settled, sedate adults. They still have plenty of energy and mischief in them, so be prepared! (I teach high school kids!)

If you are really looking for a settled dog, go for an adult. Otherwise, be prepared for plenty of antics, at least until the dog is a couple of years old.
Thanks for the advice!

Besides mentally preparing ourselves we also need to house proof the house for a 'teenager' dog.
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