By: APA Adoption Center | January 14, 2015
The Advantages of Adopting A Senior Dog
Most people envision bringing home a fluffy, brand new puppy to “grow up” with their children. It is a pretty picture, but a lot of people don’t think about the work that goes into training a new puppy. Raising a puppy is a BIG commitment. Puppies need training, socialization, lots of exercise and almost constant activity. Without this, things won’t turn out the way you envisioned.
If you don’t have the time or don’t want to do much training, remember that adult dogs need homes, too. An adult dog is often a much more laidback roommate, without all the energy, and just as cute and affectionate. Plus, dogs can live well into their teen years – so don’t let their age stand in your way!
Here are some great reasons to adopt an adult dog…
- Adult dogs are the hardest to be adopted from shelters.
- They are often already house trained, obedience trained, and through the entire puppy and adolescence stages.
- They have learned many of life’s lessons – they know shoes are for walking and bones are for chewing.
- Most don’t need the same exercise regimen that a puppy needs and would rather cuddle up with you on the couch and take a nap.
- They are already mellowed, so they can focus on life and anything you may want to teach them.
- They settle into a new home easily – they’ve already learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of their “pack.”
- They have learned that if they give lots of love, they will get lots of love and praise back.
- Adult dogs have grown into their size, shape, and personality. Therefore, there is no guessing – What you see is what you get.
- They are not as time-consuming as a puppy – you have more time to enjoy each other.
- They are accustomed to human schedules – that means no nighttime feedings, potty breaks, or comforting.
Adopting an adult dog is a great way to save a life. People forget that they need homes just as much as puppies do. More often than not, these dogs are not turned into a shelter because they have problems, but because their human parents have problems.
Adopt an older dog from the Animal Protective Association and you will have a best friend for many years to come!
For more information or to meet with our adult dogs, please call the Animal Protective Association Adoption Staff at 314-645-4610 today!