Is it better to get a puppy or an older dog?

The benefit to an older dog is that you know what you are getting more than with a puppy. Once the dog is in the 3-5-year range, they start to mature and become who they will be in regards to their personality. They will also require less exercise for the most part than their puppy counterparts.

Are older dogs easier than puppies?

Even adult dogs that aren’t fully house trained will be easier to house train than puppies because they have mature bladders (so they are already capable of “holding it”) and because they’re simply calmer and more trainable.

How is a puppy different from an adult dog?

Do dogs get lonely being the only dog?

Puppies tend to have teeth that are far sharper than the teeth of an adult dog. In fact, they resemble little vampire teeth! When playing with your pup, you are bound to be left with bite marks everywhere. So if you’re okay with that, then go ahead and adopt a pup; otherwise, stick to an adult dog!

What age is a dog no longer a puppy?

It is widely accepted that dogs are definitely capable of feeling distress, and this can be caused by being left alone. Called ‘man’s best friend’ for a reason, dogs are social creatures who form strong social bonds.

How do I get my adult dog to accept a puppy?

Although all puppies are officially considered adult dogs once they reach one year old, puppies continue to grow in height and size while their bones are still developing, which takes anywhere from 6 to 24 months. Their skeletal growth is what determines how tall they will become as adults.

Is an 18 month old dog still a puppy?

You will need:
  1. Separate resources for each dog, so each has their own bed, crate, food and water bowls, and toys.
  2. Treats.
  3. A treat bag you can wear on your belt so as to have access to treats at all times.
  4. A crate for the puppy.
  5. A pen or pet gates to corral the pup and provide the oldie with peace.
  6. A clicker.
  7. A squeaky toy.

At what age are puppies easier?

In general, puppies become adult dogs between one and two years of age. But it’s not like they wake up the morning of their first birthday and are suddenly grown-up dogs! In fact, puppy maturation is a process, and it varies from dog to dog depending on size, breed, socialization, and more.

What if my dog doesn’t like my new puppy?

What should I do if my dog bites my new puppy?

Having a puppy gets easier once they hit 4-5 months of age because that’s when puppies are usually potty-trained, can focus for longer, and have settled into their new home.

Should I let my older dog growl at my puppy?

Why is my dog aggressive to new puppy?

Moving Forward When Your Dog Doesn’t Like Puppies

If he growled or moved away, we let him do so. If and when we bring home another dog, we’ll do a similar protocol. We’ll do lots of parallel walks, give the dogs plenty of breaks, and help interrupt tense situations without scaring or punishing the dogs.

Will my dog warm up to my new puppy?

If your dog is biting the puppy, causing injury, or acting inappropriately aggressive toward the puppy, you should seek professional help from a positive reinforcement behavior professional. Sometimes, it’s difficult to know whether or not the older dog is behaving appropriately with the puppy.

Will an older dog hurt a puppy?

The older dog may growl, especially if the pup is too rambunctious, but if he shows no other aggressive signs, you can let him off the leash. Continue to supervise their interactions until you are confident that they’re getting along and no one is in danger of being bit.

Why would a dog attack a puppy?

Is your older dog being aggressive to the puppy? If your older dog snaps at or growls at the new puppy when the pup becomes rambunctious, that’s normal. The older dog is telling the youngster to respect him and back off, much as the puppy’s mother would do. The puppy should then back off from the correction.

Why is my dog barking at the new puppy?

Do not expect that the dogs will love each other at the first meeting. If they do, great, but often it takes a while for one or the other to warm up. Once the new puppy or dog is in the house, let him explore, but watch your other dog for signs of stress.

Will an older dog eliminate a puppy?

Why does my puppy attack me randomly?

While many dogs will welcome a new puppy with open paws, many more will growl, snap and try to get away from the puppy from the onset. However, it is VERY rare for an adult dog to hurt a puppy. Be patient, because sometimes it will take time for both dogs to relax.

How do you get my puppy to stop attacking me?


Some dogs may be particularly intolerant of puppies and may get very stressed when exposed to them. Some dogs even fear them. It could be they weren’t socialized much with dogs or they simply have lower tolerance levels for certain behaviors. A dog who is stressed or fearful can bite and even severely injure a puppy.


You may find that your dog reacts by pushing the puppy away, barking or growling at them – and this is OK, as it’s a way of your puppy learning boundaries.