Have you ever considered adopting a dog? Canine veterans (those aged seven and above) have many benefits, including...
1. A tendency to be calmer and more relaxed, with a better-established routine and personality. Having burned off all that excess puppy energy, adult dogs are generally less demanding and settle in quicker and more easily.
2. In most cases, older dogs will be fully house-trained and have an understanding of basic commands. But despite the hard work already done, there will still be some level of retraining needed as your new canine companion settles into familiar surroundings and a different routine.
3. Ageing canines make less demands on your time and attention and allow you a good nights sleep-no puppy whining during the night or puddles to clear up in the morning.
4. Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks! Boasting longer attention spans, canine pensioners can be easier to train than puppies.
5. What you see is what you get. Older dogs have grown into their shape and formed a personality, while puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first. So you will know exactly the type of responsibility you are taking on from the outset.
Choose a dog whose personality and needs match your own, but remember to allow them plenty of time to settle in and mould to your way of life.
Always be honest about your lifestyle and living arrangements when adopting an older dog, to ensure you can accommodate his needs. A dog used to a lot of exercise or attention will always be unhappy if cant provide this