For a dog to get older, they have to go through a process of aging that humans also go through. Just like us, dogs mature at different rates, depending on their age and what kind of life they’ve lived. So just because your dog’s coat is longer than it was when you got it doesn’t mean it’s any less of a dog. In fact, it’s probably a better looking dog with a longer coat!
The first stage in life for a dog is called puppyhood. During this time they can eat and drink on their own, as long as there’s no danger around them. Puppies will need their new home, or a pen or crate, from eight weeks to one year. The dog is still a wild carnivore of the genus Canidae, and is still part of the wolves family.
After one year, you might want to start thinking about getting a dog for a pet. You can always buy a puppy from the breeder, but sometimes it might not be a good idea because it might have been abused or neglected. A good way to find out if a dog has been abused is to ask for the owner’s contact information and try to call that person to find out about the dog. If they refuse to give it back, or if you find holes in the story, you should probably consider buying from a breeder who uses ethically treated breeders, and not from puppy mills.
Some dogs grow into well-groomed adults. Others don’t. No matter what kind of dog you get, it should take a year at least for a dog to grow to its adult size. Your puppy should be at least six months old before you decide to take it to a dog show to show it off.
So, what are some other considerations when deciding to buy a pet dog? The first consideration when you live alone is whether you can provide for a dog without help. Can you feed, house train, walk, exercise, and protect a dog on your own? Not having anyone around can mean putting a dog in its own crate for days, even up to a month or more, depending on the breed. It’s important for a dog to feel like a part of a family. If you do live alone, you should be prepared to spend at least a month a year (or more) with your dog, so it knows what life is like when it’s not living with someone else.
Another consideration when choosing a dog for a pet is whether or not it’s a good match for you and your lifestyle. As with any type of pet, some breeds are better suited to elderly, disabled, or infirm companionship. Dogs breed for companionship are usually very intelligent, happy, and energetic dogs. They make great companions for children. Other breeds are better suited to older children, who may be a bit more demanding physically. It’s important for both the dog and owner to establish the best compatibility for a long and healthy relationship.