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Why I Didn’t Want A Puppy

Note: Julia Thomson is a regular contributor to That Mutt. Visit her blog Home on 129 Acres where she writes about country living and DIY renovating.

Who’s been enjoying reading about Remy joining the ThatMutt family?

I have to give Lindsay a ton of credit for being so open and real about the ups and downs of puppydom.

When we were looking for a dog to add to our family, I knew 100% that I did not want a puppy. All of my searches on Petfinder were for young or adult dogs.

Why I didn’t want a puppy

why i didn't want a puppy

1. Energy level.

My first reason for choosing an adult dog was energy level. We were committed to giving our dog lots of exercise (and living on a farm we have lots of opportunities for exercise), but we are a low key, adult household.

We wanted a dog who could be with us around the farm while we were working without needing our undivided attention every minute (breaks for scratches or zoomies or fetch were expected). And at the end of the day when the work is done, we wanted a dog who was content to doze while we watched TV.

I wasn’t sure that we’d get that with a puppy—at least not at first.

2. Training.

My second reason for choosing an adult dog was training. This is my first dog. I wasn’t confident in my ability to train a puppy competently. I hoped that with an adult dog, he’d already have some basic obedience and be pretty much house broken.

Again, we were committed to working with our dog and had training classes lined up, but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to handle a blank slate, like Remy.

When Baxter came to us, he was completely housebroken and had the basic obedience skills we were looking for. There were still things to work on, whether more obedience or mastering some tricks, so we got the opportunity to do some training—and as Lindsay says, training is ongoing.

Probably Baxter’s most important quality is that he’s a perfect match for us in terms of energy level.

Dude is low energy. And I mean low.

He loves his walks and can run like a greyhound when we’re doing zoomies in the yard, but his default position is horizontal. In Baxter, we ended up finding the perfect dog for us.

Baxter the boxer mix

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I haven’t ruled out puppies entirely. Someday, it might be the right fit for our family. However, reading about Lindsay’s adventures with Remy (I had absolutely no idea evening craziness what a thing. Yikes!) I know a puppy is definitely not right for us right now.

Lindsay is very good about emphasizing that people should do what is right for themselves and their dogs, whether it’s training or feeding or adopting or buying.

And I think that’s good advice to apply to choice of what kind of dog to get too. Know yourself. Be realistic about what you can commit to. Be honest about what type of life you lead and make the effort to try to find the best dog for you.

You, and your dog, will be happier for it.

What qualities are most important to you in a dog?

Does anyone else share my hesitancy about raising a puppy?

Read more of Julia’s posts:

How to train a dog to be off leash

Silent squeaky toys for dogs

Tips for home renovating if you have a dog

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