Puppies are irresistible. They’re cute and cuddly and frankly, most people can’t resist them. However, puppies are also a ton of work! They need continuous supervision, consistent training, hours of devotion and even when these things are provided – they still manage to make a mess! If you’re up for the challenge, adopting a puppy may be a good option for you. However, there are quite a few reasons why choosing an older shelter dog can be beneficial.
* You get what you see. With a rescued puppy, you often have no idea how large a dog you will end up with. When you look at an older dog you are able to judge weather its size and appearance (though they may be in need of some grooming!) would be a good fit for your family.
* You can often judge an adult dog’s personality, even in a shelter environment. Asking questions of rescue and shelter workers can give you a better idea of an older dogs temperament. Many adult and senior dogs still have plenty of energy to walk and play, but will be well over their hyper phase. Puppies still have a lot of formative growing to do and behavioral issues can become evident as they develop.
* Often older dogs have already learned some obedience commands. Many of them are housebroken. Adult and senior dogs are often given up when their family moves, an owner dies or for financial reasons. These dogs are usually distressed in a shelter environment, as they have lived in a home for their entire lives.
* Puppies need multiple series of vaccines and worming treatments in their first few months of life. When you adopt an older dog, the fee should cover vaccinations, spaying or neutering and a heartworm check. Some shelters will even include microchipping in the cost.
Read the rest of Dan’s reasons to adopt an older dog here! Thanks, Dan, for joining Petlvr in supporting pet adoption.