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Adopting an adult dog has many benefits over starting off with a puppy. In this article, we are going to talk about some of those benefits that you might enjoy by adopting an adult dog.
1. Don’t have to deal with all the puppy raising issues
When was the last time you raised a puppy? Raising puppies can be a real pain in the rear and time-consuming as well, especially if you work or are gone away from home for long periods of time. In the beginning, puppies need a lot of time and attention to take them out to do their business and in feeding them multiple times a day. With an adult dog, you shouldn’t have to do that.
2. Possibly house trained
When starting with an adult dog there’s a possibility that it’s already housetrained which will make your life much easier. However, if it isn’t house trained when you adopt it, it should be very easy to accomplish that task.
3. You know what you are getting
What I mean by this is when you get a puppy you never really know what you have until it matures. With an adult dog “what you see is what you get” so you know exactly what the dog will look like and how big it will be. You also have an opportunity to see its personality and demeanor around other dogs and other people before you bring it home.
4. Possibly had some training and some manners
With any luck possibly your new dog has had some training but if not no big deal because contrary to what you may have heard before “you can teach old dogs new tricks”. In fact, sometimes an older dog can be much easier to train because they are calmer to deal with.
5. An adult dog can be calmer
Depending on the age of the dog and whether or not it has had any training you may find an adult dog is much calmer than a puppy. This has its benefits if you’re bringing the dog home to a family with small children or older adults.
As you can see, there could be some real benefits to adopting an older dog. However please understand that it’s not always this easy. You need to make sure that you learn as much as possible about the dog’s background and why the previous owner was disposing of it.
I think one of the most important things to consider is aggression. If the dog wasn’t socialized properly as a young puppy there may be fear aggression and that is something that can be tough to deal with.
I always warn people when adopting a new dog that for the first 15 days you really don’t know the dog yet. It seems that they always seem to be on their best behavior for the first couple of weeks but after that time the real dog comes out. So make sure that wherever you adopt the dog from that they will take it back if there are some major issues that pop up later that you are not willing to deal with.
Many places actually insist that you contact them first in the event the adoption doesn’t work out. So go become a hero to a dog and give it a forever home. It will love you forever!
So go become a hero to a dog and give it a forever home. It will love you forever!