Why Adopting An Older Dog May Be More Advantageous


When we are looking to adopt a dog from a shelter, it is very possible that the cute cuddly puppies are the ones that get our attention.  Well, they ARE cute!

I came across this article in Helpemup on the benefits of adopting an older dog and why that might make your adjustment a lot smoother into pet ownership.

Some of the reasons are:

  • With an older dog, you can tell their temperament and if they would get along with your children
  • You won’t have to deal with teething puppies who may destroy your favorite shoes
  • Older dogs have probably been potty trained already.  Teaching them your house rules would probably be quick and easy
  • Older dogs probably already know how to respond to basic commands
  • They are probably not as energetic as a puppy, so they don’t require as much attention from you


Here’s an excerpt from the article:

  • You know what you are getting. With an older dog, you can tell his temperament so you can gauge how his personality will fit into your household. You’ll also know his mature size. You’ll be able to tell right away if he is good around kids or too aggressive. With older dogs, there are no surprises.
  • They are usually trained. …  Chances are an older dog is already house trained and even understands basic commands…. Dogs can be trained at any age and older dogs are just as smart as younger ones. Older dogs actually have longer attention spans, making them easier to train, and they want to please their humans…
  • Older dogs are great companions for senior citizens…. Older dogs generally don’t have the wild energy to burn and you don’t have to constantly follow them to make sure they are not getting into something.

You can read the entire article here.


Article source:  Helpemup.com

Image source:  Dale  on Flickr.com



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