Adopting an older dog not only has numerous benefits for the pet itself, but it also has major benefits for the people who adopt them. In Benefits of Adopting an Older Dog, we explore why adopting an older dog is a great decision.
Do you want a friend that is always there for you, no matter what? Do you want a loyal and friendly dog that will brighten your days? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then adoption may be the perfect solution for you!
Puppyhood Is Short-Lived
It’s easy to see why many people look to adopt a puppy. They are so cute. You’re getting a younger dog that you can almost mold into your life, that is, if they will have it, lol. But remember, puppies grow into adult dogs. Every adult dog started out as a cute puppy. It doesn’t take long for the puppy to lose its puppy cuteness and comical puppy ways and become an adult.
Most senior dogs typically need less exercise than younger pups do. This means that an older dog is more likely to be comfortable in a smaller space and won’t require as much time spent running and playing.
Puppies tend to have a bit harder time adjusting to new surroundings. After all, they have been with their mom and litter mates for the first weeks of their lives.
They haven’t learned what the difference is between a chew toy and furniture legs.
Older dogs are more content and relaxed than a puppy, and some of the puppy stage destructive behavior has been worked through.
So if you take the time from the start to show your older dog the ropes of the house and exactly what you expect from them, they catch on very quickly.
This makes it easier for everyone when things begin heading in the right direction from the start.
While many puppies can be expensive to adopt, most adult dogs are available at a more reasonable price, especially if you are considering a purebred.
Many times an adult dog has been house-trained and is generally easier to care for than a puppy. Being that I might be able to sidestep the potty training is an added bonus in my mind.
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Helping A Dog Find His Loving, Forever Home
Helping a dog find his loving home is a benefit not only to you but to the dog as well. This is especially true for dogs that are retired or rejected as breeders.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying breeders don’t care about their dogs, not at all. There are many reputable, loving breeders out there.
What I’m saying, in my experience, some dogs kennels and dogs in breeding programs aren’t able to receive all the one-on-one attention they deserve because there are other dogs and litters for the breeders to take care of. I can’t imagine the amount of work involved in having a breeding program.
When these types of dogs are taken into a home and allowed to act like a ‘dog,’ they can be some of the most loyal and loving dogs ever!
I have to say that after bringing my two adult dogs into my home, they have become some of the best pets I’ve ever had.
Keep In Mind When Adopting An Adult Dog
When adopting an adult dog, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.
Each adoptable animal is unique – so don’t think that just because a particular dog is an adult, it will automatically become an easy-going member of the family – they won’t!
But by following these simple tips, you’ll increase your chances of having a healthy relationship with an older animal that needs a home like yours.
First, make sure that the dog has been health checked, vaccinated, and parasite treated.
Second, make sure that your home is ready for an animal of this age and size. Your older pup may not be able to tolerate certain noises or changes in routine, so it’s important to prepare yourself mentally and physically before bringing him/her home.
Finally, be prepared to commit some time and energy to your new family member. They will take some time to adjust to their new family, and you also will need some time to adjust to them. Expect some bumps in the road. Patience will be needed.
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Where To Find A Dog To Adopt
There are many animal shelters across the United States where you can adopt a dog. Some of the most popular include the Animal Humane Society, The Humane Society of the United States, the Animal Welfare League USA, SPCA International, and your local animal shelter.
Local animal rescues are another place to look when searching to adopt a dog.
When adopting a dog, research which organization is best suited for your lifestyle and needs before picking one, each shelter has different policies and procedures regarding adoption.
Many shelters and rescue organization screen dogs for temperament and health issues, spaying or neutering them as necessary and providing adequate vaccinations and deworming treatments.
Once everything has been finalized and everyone is happy (including you!), take your newly adopted pup for a walk around town or go on family outings together!
If you are someone who is considering adopting a new dog but can’t decide, we suggest not underestimating the abilities and capabilities of an older dog.
When treated well and allowed to be part of the family, it can change a dog’s life. They become happy, emotionally healthier dogs.
Adult dogs are more mature than their younger counterparts. Look for signs of a dog that will fit into your lifestyle and maybe you will find a loyal friend for life.
Did you adopt an older dog before? What made you choose this kind of pet?