Read This Article On Adopting An Older Dog
8 September, 2011
THE BENEFITS OF ADOPTING OLDER DOGS
As we all know, there are way too many dogs and cats that need to be adopted. I know a lot of friends who have adopted puppies because they are ‘cuter’ and will be with them longer. However, there are many advantages in adopting older dogs, especially if you like sleep and want to have an easier transition to your life.
YOU CAN SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT
With younger puppies, the likelihood of their sleeping through the night is minimal. Their bladders are not fully developed and can usually last only four hours before they need to be let out of the house. However, with an older dog, the chances are pretty high that you can get a full night’s sleep.
See how well he sits!
EASIER TO CLEAN UP
Not only will you be able to sleep through the night more soundly with an older dog, but you will have a lot less ‘clean up’ from the start. It is common knowledge that puppies go through the housebreaking process and will most likely leave their little puddles of well, you know what, all over the house. And, most puppies, are teething and like to play a little rougher so who knows what they will eat or chew. With an older dog, they are usually house trained and less likely to rip up your furniture since they don’t have that abundant energy source and have already been through that phase of their life.
EASIER TO TRAIN
While some older dogs are a little set in their ways, most are easier to train. The older dogs are more relaxed and have a greater attention span. Therefore, they look and listen more readily. Think of taking an older dog on a walk v. a puppy. The puppy is all over the place and excited whereas an older dog is less likely to run off and ignore you.
Another advantage of adopting an older dog is that they are more predictable in their behavior patterns. You usually see what you get. While an adopted dog might be timid; in time, with the proper love and care, they will become your new best friend. On the other hand, a puppy has so much growing up to do that their behavior is less predictable in the long term.
OLDER DOGS ARE LESS LIKELY TO BE ADOPTED
The most important reason to adopt an older dog is that they are usually in the shelter longer. You are truly giving this dog a chance in life. Most puppies are the first to go and the easiest to adopt. Therefore you are not only giving the dog a new home, but sparing him or her for life in a kennel or even worse.