Adult Dog

Adult Dog

An older pet is a more suitable pet for many situations, like busy households where time, attention and patience are already being consumed by children. There are several advantages to older dogs that many prospective pet owners do not realize:

  • Older dogs have already gone through the teething stage. Chances are slim that you'll lose your favorite shoes or remote control to them.
  • Older dogs sleep quietly through the night. You won't be woken up at 4 a.m. by a crying puppy.
  • Adult dogs allow for more time to live your life and relax. Adult dogs require less time and attention once they've adjusted to your family and household routine, although you'll still need to spend time helping your new dog with the transition to his new home.
  • They are housebroken. With most family members gone 8 hours a day, an older dog can “hold it” much more reliably than a puppy and for longer periods of time.
  • Adult dogs have already become who they are going to be. Adult dogs already have developed personalities. Puppies are playful and still growing and changing. How a puppy behaves in a kennel, shelter or pet shop doesn't dictate whether it will be a well-behaved companion as it ages. Whereas with adult dogs, if you pick large or small, active or couch potato, goofy or brilliant, sweet or sassy—what you see is what you get.
  • Most older dogs have been there, done that and moved on. They aren't still nippy or biting because they are teething.
  • Adult dogs become an instant companion. Older dogs are ready to be your buddy right away. There's no waiting for them to grow up. You can select a dog that already likes to do what you like to do.
  • Adult dogs are easier to train than young puppies because they have longer attention spans. From one year to 18 months, a dog can learn quickly, have more coordination and control over their physical functions and have more predictable natures.
  • Adult dogs are generally more predictable. When adopting an adult dog, you already know it's full size, health and real personality.

Don't discount a dog that is approaching senior age. Even an 8 year old dog likely has many more good years to give you. A senior dog often offers the sweetest rewards.

Keep in mind, though, that some adult dogs may have very negative memories of humans who mistreated them and need extra time to adjust and learn to trust. Still, the majority of adult dogs can bond with their new families as deeply as puppies raised from puppyhood.

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