Wondering if you shoul If you are considering bringing a new dog into your family, you may first think about choosing a puppy. If you are looking for a dog that may be an easier fit, though, an older dog should not be ruled out, and may even be a better choice.
Why Should You Adopt an Older Dog?
Older Dogs Are Usually Housebroken
If you have never housebroken a puppy, you may not realize how truly frustrating it can be. House training is a tough job and it takes a lot of work to potty train a puppy. An older dog comes to you with this skill already taken care of, or if they are not housebroken, they have the ability to be trained very easily and quickly.
Older Dogs Are Usually Calm
An older dog will usually be very calm. They love being couch potatoes and just lazing around. A puppy or a very young dog can be full of energy that will require a lot from you. If you choose an older dog, you will still need to exercise them, but you won’t be overwhelmed by the amount of high energy and need for constant movement a puppy or younger dog usually has. Older dogs have usually outgrown their need to chew and you won’t have to worry about your home and belongings being eaten.
What you see is pretty much what you get with an older dog. You don’t have to look at an older dog and wonder how big he will get, what his personality will be like as he grows up, or how his temperament will be. You can spend a little bit of time with an older dog and figure out the personality and temperament questions and you can look at him and know all about his size expectations. With a puppy, you don’t have any way of knowing these things. You can make a guess about size, personality, and temperament by seeing the parents, but that isn’t foolproof. With an older dog, you can see it all in front of you.
Older Dogs Adapt Quickly
Puppies need a lot of adjustment time. If you just got puppy from her mama, she’s probably going to be crying for her mommy or siblings for a few days. She will probably cry to be close to you also. Puppies need time to make all of these transitions, but an older dog has been around the block already. They know a little more about adjusting and fitting in to new situations. You might be surprised as how quickly an older dog can make themselves at home and become one of the family.
Give an Older Dog the Best Years
The best reason for adopting an older dog is that you can make their last years the very best. Enough said.
An older dog has much to offer a family. Forego the hassle and frustration of training a new puppy and opt for a settled, calm, and lazy older dog.
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