Many people love to bring home a young puppy. They are energetic, bring life to the house, and are wonderful tools for teaching kids responsibility and love. Nevertheless, have you ever considered adopting an older dog? Here are seven reasons why you should consider adopting a hound with more dog years than a puppy.
- WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get)
Puppies change so quickly — both in size and stature. But with older dogs, what you see is what you get. They are fully grown and so a lot of the unknowns that come with getting a puppy are removed; how big will they get, will they shed lots of hair, what will their personality be like, etc.
- Training is Easier
You may think older dogs are set in their ways but that is not the case at all. They are often more attentive and pick up new commands and tricks easily.
- Settling In Their New Home Is Easier
Older dogs have been around the block and will have encountered most things that may cause a puppy difficulty in settling in.
- They Are More Loving, Faster
Dogs that are adopted as adults are widely known for being exceptionally loving. With puppies, you have to impress yourself on them in order to have their loyalty. However, most old dogs are loyal no matter how long they have seen you or been around you. Often, an instant bond is formed.
- They Are Perfect For First Time and Busy Owners
Adopting an older dog is the perfect option for first-time pet owners or those who do not have as much time on their hands. Puppies require almost constant attention in order to train them and keep them out of trouble. Older dogs do not require the same level of attention.
- Less Mess!
Although accidents can happen, older dogs understand that toilet is outside. They will have been housetrained. Older dogs are less likely to chew on furniture and clothing, too.
- Save A Life
We save the best reason till last. So many older pets are never rehomed because of the attention young dogs get when people visit rehoming centers. Often this means they are euthanized. Saving an old dog's life is extremely rewarding and can cause a unique bond to form.