If you’re thinking about bringing a canine friend home, why not consider an adult or senior dog? I was lucky that my Forever Home was specifically looking for an adult dog and there are lots of reasons that you should too.
You know what you’re getting with an adult dog. No surprises on size, train-ability personality traits. Adult dogs have developed their sense of self.
Ruth is available for adoption in the Seattle area through Forgotten Dog’s Rescue: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/21490370
Adult dogs are highly trainable – and many come home having already learned obedience basics like sit, down, and walking politely on a leash – not to mention many are already housebroken and crate trained. Do you really want to clean-up puppy messes?
Because they’ve already matured, it takes less time for adult dogs to settle into their new surroundings and they’re more likely to be content to sit with you on the couch and watch TV whereas puppies tend to be very active.
Gertrude is available in the Langley, BC area through Patti Dale Animal Shelter: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/24790669
Once you’ve decided that you want to adopt an adult dog, carefully consider the characteristics that you want in your dog. As you meet adoptable dogs, don’t feel compelled to bring the first dog you meet home. Wait and find one that is a match for your requirements and lifestyle.
When you bring a dog home, enroll in obedience classes. It’s a great bonding opportunity for you and your new family member. Also, it helps set the stage for your relationship and educates both of you on how to communicate together and what your expectations are of the dog.
There are so many wonderful adult dogs waiting to find their Forever Homes. Thank you for considering saving one of their lives by sharing your home with them.
For more information, visit the ASPCA’s website: http://www.aspca.org/adoption/adoption-tips/reasons-to-adopt-an-older-dog.aspx