//He mentioned getting me a puppy for graduation, but I'd rather have a slightly "grown-up" puppy/dog than an eight week old puppy. Know what I mean?//
oh boy, do i EVER know what you mean!! rofl, oh boy!! Getting a puppy, and then possibly leaving it for your father to raise, who may or may not be either skilled nor interested in the 24/7 effort req'd for some puppies, seems like a set-up for disaster, imo. There are knowledgable, committed ppl here, who very very very much wanted a puppy, yet, several will admit right out loud, there were times they were ready to pull their hair out in frustration. PUPPIES ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE!!! HAVING AN INFANT DOG IN YOUR WORLD DOES NOT FIT INTO EVERYONE'S LIFESTYLE.
I've had relatives who ached for a puppy, yet, went partially insane for a few months trying to train their puppy, I even worried it was damaging the bonding to some extent for a while. PUPPIES ARE IRRESISTIBLY CUTE, BUT, THEY ARE MONTHS AND MONTHS AND MONTHS OF WORK, imo.
since you ASKED,
I AM SO 'FOR' rescuing an adult dog, instead of a puppy. That's my vote!!
An adult dog potty trains almost instantly, if he is not already potty trained. Potty training some puppies takes months....and months....(true, some ppl do this faster, but many ppl take months to successfully train a puppy to just NEVER pee in the house.) Me, i have zero urge to step in poo in my own house, nor am i up for cleaning up pee or poop off of my carpets or floors every few hours ....for months..
An adult dog, is far less likely to chew up your cell phone
and favorite shoes the way a puppy might til he is past is "chew evvvverything" stage. An adult dog has both more ability to learn/understand the concept of shoes are no-nos, as well as more self control than a puppy has, to resist chewing your table legs off.
true, there are exceptions, and some puppy owners will pipe up, "my puppy never did that" but there are plenty of others who could say their puppy was a chew monster. And it's true, some adult dogs are still chew monsters, but,
overall, the chances of your possesssions being chew-free, are much better with an adult dog.
A puppy can whine all night long.
One or two nights, it's almost kinda sweet. After a week or two, of trying to do school work when you've had no sleep, it can get old. Adult dogs don't cry at night cuz they miss their moms.
A puppy can't be left home alone too long,
especially while potty training. Much as you adore your puppy, there will be events you can't bring him to, and these events can last for hours and hours. An adult dog will happily greet you with a waggy tail and clean carpet.
A puppy has razor sharp teeth
, like needles!!!! and will bite your fingers and toes, and is more likely to do so, if taken from his momma and siblings before 12 weeks old. Teaching an infant baby dog to stop doing this, is not as easy as you'd think....ouch! ouch! ouch! ouch! for a long time. Adult dogs won't do that, and the very few who do, are much easier to tell what you want/don't want than an infant is.
Teaching agility and frisbee to some puppies is a lot harder than to most adult dogs, if that is your goal. Many experts think puppies should not be jumping
til they are one or two years old anyway, to protect their still-soft hip joints, etc.
Many puppies can be a lot harder to train to walk in a loose leash walk
, and sadly, some of these puppies don't get walked then, cuz owner gets too tired of the nonstop pulling. i have some real life friends who don't walk their dogs.
Teaching an adult dog to not pull on walks is not what i'd
call "easy", but, it's apparently far far easier than trying to teach a short att'n span infant to not pull.
We recently had a thread on this, with a very
knowledgable dog lover who is quite skilled at dog training, mention her surprise at how much harder some puppies are to train, vs, adult dogs.
for real, please listen to me here!!
and again, THAT was from a very very skilled
but an adult dog is easier to train. (usually anyway, many of us here think so).
A puppy is total mystery
No, you can NOT tell what kind of adult the puppy will be, by looking at his parents.
A puppy can grow up to be a shy dog, even when his parents were both happy, outgoing dogs. Some shy dogs can even escalate to being aggressive to strangers.
A puppy can grow up to be a dog-aggressive dog, even if his parents were not. Even if you raised him perfectly, there are genetic abnormal dogs who will be persistantly dog aggressive for life
, and it doesn't show up til about 9 mos old
Genetic shyness, and lifelong dog-aggression, can strike any
A puppy can grow up to be higher energy, more impulsive, lower energy, more or less friendly than his parents were. You may want a running partner, and end up with a dog who is just not up for it, even if he is a border collie, it can happen. My BC can't run that far, and although he is high energy, he'd not be a good match for a distance
ALL DOGS ARE UNIQUE INDIVIDUALS.
An adult dog, you can meet him and see who he is. An adult dog is NOT nearly the mystery box that all puppies are.
Shockingly, not all border collies have urge to herd
that the breed is AKC recognized, BCs are now being bred for looks, not ability.
No way to tell for sure, in a puppy, if he will have the eye or not, but, it's hard to miss in an adult border collie.
If you choose to get an adult dog who is living with foster family ("in rescue" as opposed to dog pound dogs)
that foster family can and will tell you all about the dog.
Does he have the eye?
Is this dog okay home alone? or will he bark the entire time and eat the sofa?
Is this dog cool with kids? cats? other dogs? men? hamsters? bunnies?
Is this dog an escape artist?
Is he a demanding hyper maniac who needs constant attention?
Is he a sluggish, very low energy dog?
Is this dog fearful? Is this dog okay with strangers? Is this dog bark a lot, or chew up your home? Is this dog have any fears i should know about? Is this dog going to like frisbee (my border collie hates frisbee!)
or is he energetic and great for agility? Is he obsessive, like chase light beams? Does he chase cars? Any issues i should know about?
and most importantly with a BorderCollie=
HOw much exercise does this particular dog need to be sane
(WORTH BEING AWARE, MOST BORDER COLLIES DO NOT TOLERATE BOREDOM AS WELL AS OTHER BREEDS, many
BCs will be destructive if they get bored for too many days in a row. Other breeds can do that, too, but, it's almost
with many BCs) Many many ppl call border collies a lil bit "nutty", and some BCs are way more
"nutty" if not kept busy enough.
can do the sports you list. Now herding, i think you'd have to go for a herding breed, but i am not positive.
but if you do not need herding,
ANY breed of dog can excell at all the games you listed above.
NOW MIND YOU, i am huge BC fan, oh am i ever!!
and if you DO have your heart set on a BC,
go for it!!!!!!!!!
but, i feel you have a right to know
about what the BC's needs can be. DO DO READ EVERYTHING YOU CAN FIND ON BORDER COLLIES!!! AND KUDOS TO YOU FOR DOING SOME PRE-DOG RESEARCH!! WISH EVERYONE DID THAT!