Puppies are cute, but they can wreak havoc on your home and sanity. They are incredibly clingy and will not leave you alone for a second. Even with purebreds, you never know what exactly they’re going to be like when they grow. Since they teethe, they destroy anything they can get their mouths on. They constantly have excessive amounts of energy and will exhaust you in minutes. They’re expensive and are more likely to get sick. Finally, they don’t come home potty-trained, so you’re going to see a lot more accidents when you adopt a puppy. Say goodbye to your stain-free carpet.
Adult dogs, on the other hand, have so many benefits. They are considered less desirable by a lot of people, so there are many more elderly dogs needing homes. Adopting an adult dogs saves their life. They are typically already trained and know their basic commands. They’re calmer and more adaptable to your lifestyle. Finally, elderly dogs are more grateful than puppies. When you adopt an adult dog, you can see their affection in their eyes.
What kind of dog is best for you?
When you decide to adopt an older dog, you still have plenty of choices ahead of you. First, you’ll need to determine the size of dog you want. If you live in a small apartment or a house with no yard, you’re not going to want to adopt a German shepherd. A smaller breed will be comfortable in your home and doesn’t need as much outdoor time. You can find several smaller dogs in shelters that would be ecstatic to come home with you.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a jogging buddy in the morning, a toy dog will not be able to keep up. Find a breed that loves to be active like a border collie or a Labrador retriever. With any large dog, you’ll need ample living space and a large, fenced-in backyard for them to roam around. When it comes to large dogs and living spaces, bigger is better.
If you or someone in your home has allergies, there are various hypoallergenic breeds to consider. If you’re adopting from a shelter, you may not find an exact purebred, but you can work with shelter employees to find a mix that will work for your home.
Helping your elderly pet acclimate.
Adopting an elderly or adult dog will provide different challenges than a puppy. They will more than likely be very nervous about their change of scenery. In the past their life was filled with uncertainty, and they’re not going to change from that without some help. When you bring your new dog home, give them space and quiet so they can feel as comfortable as possible. Show them where their food and bed is and let him or her sleep. In the shelter, they were surrounded by unfamiliar smells and a lot of noise. Letting them grow comfortable in the calm of their new home will help them acclimate and appreciate their new surroundings.
If you can, get the same kind of food the shelter used to ensure they won’t have digestion issues. If you want to feed your dog your preferred brand of food, use food transition techniques to be gentle on their stomach. Don’t over-coddle your new friend– they’ll need to get used to the routine you plan on using as soon as possible. Dogs thrive with routine, so the earlier you get them on it, the sooner they will be comfortable in their new home. Babying your dog reinforces negative behavior and can even encourage bad habits.
Adopting an older dog is incredibly rewarding. While puppies are high maintenance, elderly dogs come pre-trained and are grateful for your love. When picking a dog, take their size and your lifestyle into account. If you or someone in your house has allergies, pick a hypoallergenic breed or mixed breed. When you bring your new dog home, give them peace and quiet to recover from the noise of the shelter. Get them introduced to a routine as soon as possible and you’ll soon have a friend for life.