7 Reasons to Adopt an Adult Dog

August 17, 2014
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Thinking of adding a new pooch to the place? Not sure if you can deal with the puppy stages again? An adult dog is a great choice if you’re thinking of expanding your family. Even if you already have a dog, an adult dog makes a great addition to your home.

Here’s 7 Reasons an adult dog makes a great new pet:

  1. There’s no guessing – what you see is what you get. They are full grown, their fur is completely grown in, and their personality is established. You will know what commands to teach or reteach and what issues or problems you’ll need to work on together as your forge that bond with your new adult dog.
  2. Easier to train than a squirmy puppy – older dogs focus better than puppies and are calmer. Training sessions can be fun for both of you and also less irritating. Plus, the years that the adult dog already has under his belt of reading people and being around him makes it easier for him to figure what you’re asking for and what you want him to do. He also can figure out how to get that treat faster than a puppy who may just jump around and then scoot away.
  3. Adult dogs need less supervision – adult dogs tend to already have some manners, are mature, and any behavior issues they have are usually noted when you adopt them. If they are crate-trained, then they already know to stay clean in the crate and will relax. If they are destructive, you’ll have an idea of what to keep out of the dog’s reach. Plus adult dogs will fall into the routine of your house faster because they are happy to be in a home again.
  4. No puddles on the floor – A good number of adult dogs are house-trained from their previous homes. They also may not have the need to chew like a puppy because they aren’t teething. Even if your new adult dog isn’t house-trained they can be trained very quickly to learn.
  5. Adult dogs make good companions for older people – Some people may not get a new dog or a second dog because of the energy level of a young dog compared to the energy level of themselves. An adult dog can be a great companion for an older adult who is looking for a buddy to talk nice slow walks with and an adult couple who can’t run the 4 hour marathons on the weekends anymore.
  6. Adult dogs like to chill – They aren’t necessarily couch potatoes but they are calmer than puppies and don’t often require the same amount of exercise as a growing dog. Adult dogs and senior dogs need exercise but they don’t always want or need to run around for hours on end. A few nice long walks and some TLC can almost guarantee a dog that sleeps soundly through the night.
  7. You’ll make an adult dog happy! – Many adult dogs are at your local shelters and rescues. They often are in great shape, good health, and have many years left in them to love and be loved. In some cases you may be saving a life and in other cases, you may be finding a new best friend.

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3 Responses to “7 Reasons to Adopt an Adult Dog”

  1. Debbie says:

    We have never had a puppy for all the reasons listed above. Also never had a purebred. We just love dogs. We only have 3, I’d have more, but 3 is about right for two older adults.

  2. Glen says:

    On July 5, 2010, we adopted a 6 year old Havanese at our local shelter. Our 14 year old Lhasa Apso (also a rescue dog that we adopted at age 8) was failing and my wife didn’t want to be without a dog in the house so we adopted while the older dog was still around. As fate would have it, Mandy, the Lhasa Apso went over the ‘rainbow bridge’ last Saturday, but Molly, the Havanese, was right there to fill in for her. Both dogs qualified for the ‘seniors for seniors’ program and have been a joy to us. No more puppies!!

  3. Nancy Howard says:

    I adopted an adult puppy mill dog 6 1/2 years ago. I wanted an adult dog for all the reasons listed above. She’s one of the best decisions I ever made in my life; energetic enough for good long walks, but calm enough to like to lay on the couch to watch some TV with me.

    I haven’t regretted my decision for a second, and I’ve talked to others about adopting adult shelter dogs.

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