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5 Reasons to Adopt an Adult Dog Instead of a Puppy

Sad Old DogPuppies are cuddly, endearing and amusing to watch. They explore their world with wide eyed innocence, often with hilarious results. Puppies are babies that need to be nurtured, loved, and trained. Some people love the sweet aroma of puppy breath. When they are done exploring, puppies want to curl up in the closest lap and sigh contentedly.

At some point those charming, innocent, delightful little puppies grow. They move into their adolescence where they test boundaries. It no longer holds the sweet puppy gaze that allowed them to get away with eating a favorite pair of slippers. Most owners understand that this comes with the territory and step into the role of pack leader with ease. There are a few people who did not anticipate the amount of work it takes to develop a cute puppy into an amazing dog. Those are the ones who seek out new homes for their charges, either by placing ads or placing the puppy with their local animal shelter. Prospective families occasionally over look the older dogs because they have their heart set on a puppy. Are there advantages to adopting an older dog? Absolutely!

Training
There is so much for puppies to explore that training is far down on the list of things to pay attention to. Adult dogs have a longer attention span. They expect to have boundaries (even if they don’t realize it at the time) and crave the praise of their new family.

Puppyhood
The joys of puppyhood; mouthing, housetraining, etc… with an adult dog, those things are mostly over. Bringing a dog into a new environment, there will be an adjustment period. But adult dogs learn the ropes fairly quickly with a little patience and guidance.

Companionship
Adult dogs make better companions. Puppies want to play and roam. An adult dog, at the end of the day, is content to curl up in their owners lap for a good snuggle. Nothing says love more than a 100 pound Rottweiler mix who thinks she’s a 10 pound Chihuahua curling up in her owners lap.

Exercise
Puppies are babies; it takes time for their joints and muscles to shift and mold into the right places. Older dogs have the capability and endurance for long walks, runs and hikes. Most breeds need the work out to keep from getting bored.

Veterinary
Puppies requires some medical upkeep; several rounds of shots, de-worming, physicals, and if the family chooses, sterilization. Adopting an older dog, especially from a shelter, ensures that all those medical needs are taken care of.

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Written by Renee Moen
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