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Help Me Make The Right Decision Plz

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Well I want to thank everyone for all their help and support so far with my adoption process of my new beagle. However I kinda hit a wall! I met up with the Foster Mom of the Beagle girl. When she told me the beagle was age 6-8 i thought she meant months! She MEANT YEARS! LOL She was still beautiful though and my kids met her today too. She was very calm despite my kids squeals and pats and the 3 other dogs that were barking for attention around her.

My problem now is do i want a 6-8 yr old beagle? I dont know? Its there anything wrong with us getting a older dog? Will I still be able to attempt to crate train her now that she is that old? Will there be more health concerns becuz she is older? I was told she was in good health aside from the kennel cough she got from being with the other dog at the SPCA. She is getting spayed this week as well. What are your thoughts on this? Should I adopt this older beagle or start off fresh with a puppy? Taking in mind I dont have much experience with dogs?
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I had dogs all my life, but I was never the one to have to be responsible for it. I took that into consideration when my wife and I decided it was time to get a dog. I went in looking for an adult because I knew that an adult would know what it needed and may be able to communicate that to me. A puppy on the other hand would be totally dependent on what I knew about raising her and be at the mercy of what I didn't know.

We adopted Josie from the SPCA. Her tag said she was 4 or 5. We knew when we found her she was the one for us. Luckily she thought we were ok too.

You can attempt to crate train your new beag. Josie let us know pretty quickly that crates weren't her thing by breaking out of hers two nights in a row... Eventually she let us know that she prefers to sleep in the bed with us (isn't there a set of Rules around here that confirms this to be true anyway?).

I've never raised a puppy, but if you're starting school soon and have two young kids, I have a feeling that time for puppy training will be short. Wouldn't it be easier if your new dog came already house trained and knew when she was supposed to eat and knew the furniture wasn't a good chew thing? You get to skip to all the fun stuff like walks and fetch and snoozing in your favorite chair together (Josie's favorite afternoon delight...)

It sounds to me like an adult beag is just what your family needs...
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