So you decided you’re ready to add a new furry family member…that’s wonderful. But before you start searching for a new puppy here are a few myths and facts about adopting an older animal.
1) MYTH: Older dogs are harder to train
Actually, it’s often the other way around…puppies can be more challenging to train. It’s a bit like trying to teach a toddler v.s school age child there are big differences in their ability to concentrate and understand what is being asked of them. Not to mention that in many cases, older dogs are already housebroken and know basic commands.
2) FACT: Older dogs are great because you already know their size, their temperament, etc.
Unlike young dogs where you only have a rough idea of how big they will become and what their personality is like…older dogs are generally “what you see is what you get”.
3) MYTH: Older dogs will cost more
This is not always the case. While some older dogs may have health issues (any responsible rescue will make potential adopters aware of a dog’s health status and any cost associated with treating these conditions, allowing you to make an informed decision) many do not or they are easily managed. Don’t forget, the first year of owning a puppy can be rather expensive since they require vaccinations and to be spayed/neutered.
4) FACT: Older dogs have to wait longer for their forever homes than young dogs
Even with all the wonderful things an older dog has to offer they still wait on average four times longer to be adopted.
So when you are searching for a new companion…please don’t over look an older dog they just might be the perfect fit for your family.