They’re already socialized.
When adopting an older dog, you’re able to see how they interact with other people and pets right away. If this is something that’s important to you, you can make sure the dog you choose will fit into your current family dynamic—or at least determine if they’ll need a little extra training or socialization. An adult dog will also let you know right away if they have a problem with other dogs or cats, but most of the time, their issues are just because of bad experiences in their past and can be worked through. Whether they’re friendly or shy is another good thing to notice before making a commitment.
Finally, one of the best parts about adopting an adult dog is that many times they come already trained! This makes it easier for them to adapt quickly into your new home. Some shelters even provide training for shelter dogs so that when someone adopts them, they are ready for almost anything!
You’ll be giving a loving home to an animal in need.
Adopting a dog will allow you to directly help the pet population at large, which is something that would be difficult to accomplish by simply buying a puppy. Pet overpopulation has become an issue in many areas of the world, particularly in countries where spaying and neutering animals is not a common practice. With more pets being born than there are homes for them, shelters in these countries often become overcrowded, forcing them to euthanize some of the animals under their care. By adopting a dog from one of these shelters instead of buying from a breeder or pet shop, you can help with this problem by providing shelter space for another animal who needs it.
It’s cheaper than buying a puppy.
Although it’s not the most important reason to adopt, there’s no doubt that saving money is one of the best reasons to adopt a dog rather than buying a puppy.
Buying a purebred puppy from a breeder can cost anywhere between $500 and $1,000. If you want an expensive breed, the costs can be even higher. Plus, you will probably have to spend more money on vet care for your new puppy because they are more susceptible to illness and injury since their immune systems haven’t fully developed yet. This includes vaccines, spay/neuter services, worms treatment and so on. According to ASPCA estimates, pet owners should expect to pay at least $1,000 in their first year of ownership as far as vet care goes. Puppy food is also more expensive than adult dog food and puppies require larger portions of said food. Adult dogs who have already been trained may also be cheaper because you won’t need to purchase extra training for them or other products such as leashes and muzzles (which could cost up to $200).
On average, adopting an adult dog from your local shelter can cost between $50 and $400 depending on factors like age and breed. Even if you choose an older purebred dog from a rescue agency like Petfinder or Adopt-a-Pet it’ll still be much cheaper than purchasing a comparable puppy from a breeder or pet store (and likely healthier too).
You can’t choose the breed when buying a puppy, but you can when adopting a dog.
When you adopt a dog, you can sometimes choose the breed. Adoption centers are often inundated with dogs of all breeds, making it much easier to find what you want. You can find that perfect border collie or even a pug—and sometimes there are cross-bred dogs available. If you wanted a German shepherd but ended up with a dachshund puppy from the pet store, you’d have to deal with its inherent dachshund-ness for the rest of its life (which could be up to 15 years). Your other option would be to sell your dachshund puppy on Craigslist for $500 and try again at the pet store—but we both know that isn’t happening because you’re definitely going to fall in love with that adorable little face.
Dogs become available for adoption for many reasons, so this is another great thing about adopting—you can sometimes choose the age of your dog as well. It’s really very simple: just remember—adopt don’t shop!
Older dogs require less of your time.
You won’t spend hours upon hours training an older dog. As opposed to puppies, older dogs are already house trained and don’t need to be supervised every minute of the day — lessening your responsibilities. They are less likely to engage in mischievous behaviors such as chewing up your favorite shoes or tearing apart your couch cushions. Older dogs are also fully grown and have been trained by their previous owner(s), meaning they will already have basic knowledge of commands and not require constant training from you.
They already know some tricks.
Adopting an older dog means that you won’t need to spend the first few months teaching the basics. If your dog is a year old or older, he or she will probably already know how to sit, stay and lie down. Older dogs might also know how to shake hands, roll over, play dead, fetch and walk on a leash. This can help you save an enormous amount of time when training your dog. You can jump straight into more difficult advanced training as soon as you bring your new pup home!
You’re giving them a second chance at life!
Adopting a dog is a very rewarding experience, but it’s also a great way to help prevent animal homelessness. Dogs who live in shelters may have had a tough start to life, and may have even been neglected or abused by their previous owners. By adopting them, you’re giving them a second chance at happiness and health!
Dogs who are up for adoption are all great pets, and they’ll be grateful for being given a second chance.
We’ve established some basic reasons why adopting an adult dog is the way to go. But now let’s address the elephant in the room: puppies are adorable. You’ve probably seen them on your computer screen or TV and thought, “I want that.” Well, we hear you. And that’s exactly why you should get a dog instead of a puppy—because you’ll be able to have both!
You can adopt a dog and still get a cute, fluffy friend with big doe eyes who will just love looking at you all day long. You’ll find that it’s much easier to train them and they’re much more reliable than puppies because older dogs are, well…older! They know how to behave around people better, which means less chewing up all your belongings and soiling the rugs while they learn how to go outside. Older dogs also don’t require as much of your time; they’re already trained and already know what they need to do. So if working full-time is part of your life plan (and we hope it is!), adopting an adult dog will make it much easier for both parties involved rather than trying to raise and take care of a puppy every hour on top of everything else going on in daily lifeIt’s hard to resist the sweet face of a puppy. But consider this: you’ll have that face for life, so think carefully about your decision.
Adopting a dog is a great way to give a dog in need a loving, forever home. Here are some of the benefits of adopting a dog over getting a puppy:
* You’ll save money. Adopting a dog is much less expensive than buying one.
* You can skip housebreaking! Many adult dogs are already housebroken, saving you lots of time and energy.
* You can choose the exact age and personality that you want—because there’s nothing like finding the perfect match!
* You won’t have to worry about separation anxiety—but your new four-legged friend will be thrilled to see you when you get home at the end of the day!
* It’s good for the planet. Adopting is great for the environment—because it cuts down on overpopulation and reduces greenhouse gases emitted by breeding facilities!
Thinking about getting a new dog but not sure which option is right for you? Consider adopting an older dog instead of getting a puppy!
It’s true that puppies are cute and cuddly, but there are so many benefits to adopting an older dog. Here are just a few:
-Older dogs have already been house trained. You won’t have to worry about them chewing your shoes or peeing everywhere.
-Older dogs can be easier to train overall because they’re more mature. They listen better and don’t have as much energy as puppies, so you don’t have to worry about them being too rambunctious.
-Older dogs usually come with medical histories, which will help you know how to care for them and keep them healthy. If they’ve already been neutered or spayed, then you don’t even need to worry about that!
-Older dogs often cost less because they’re not as popular as puppies—you can get more bang for your buck when you adopt one of these older pups instead!
If you’re considering getting a dog, you’ve probably already imagined the things you’ll do together: running in the park, or sitting on the couch eating popcorn and watching movies. You might have even wondered what breed would be best for your lifestyle, or if you should get a puppy or an older dog.
There’s no wrong answer to that question, but there are some factors to consider. Puppies are super cute and fun—there’s no denying that. But did you know that adopting an older dog can have its benefits?
Older dogs tend to come with a lot of great qualities, including basic training, obedience experience (which can make your life easier), and an established personality (which makes it easier to gauge how they’ll fit into your family).
Older dogs also need homes more than puppies do. The ASPCA estimates that 3.9 million dogs enter shelters every year, but less than half of them are adopted. Older dogs are often overlooked because people imagine them as “broken,” but they’re just as loving, loyal, and adorable as puppies are!
So if you want a best friend who is sure to bring joy into your home and heart, consider adopting an adult dog instead of getting a puppy! It could be the best
If you’re thinking about adopting a furry friend, we recommend you consider adopting an adult or older dog over getting a puppy. It’s not that we don’t love puppies—there’s just so much to love about having a full-grown dog as a companion.
Here are just a few of the many benefits of adopting an older dog:
1. Less work: Puppies are a lot of work! They have to be trained, and they need plenty of attention. If you’re looking for a partner in crime who can keep up with your busy lifestyle, an older dog is often the way to go.
2. Less mess: Older dogs are already potty trained, which means less cleaning up after accidents and less stress on your part trying to train them.
3. More unconditional love: There’s nothing sweeter than the bond between an older dog and their human companion. Older dogs will love you fiercely and comfort you no matter what.
We all know the joys of puppies. Their fuzzy little faces, their wagging tails, their cuddles and cutesy barks—who doesn’t love puppies?
But you know what almost nobody loves? Puppies with separation anxiety, puppies who have accidents all over the house, or puppies who chew everything they can get their mouths on. Those are things we tend to overlook when we’re thinking about getting a puppy. And while there are plenty of ways to overcome these challenges, from crate training to puppy-proofing your home, it’s a lot easier to skip them altogether by bringing an adult dog home instead.
Adopting an adult dog is like adopting a fully trained puppy. They’re housebroken and won’t chew up your favorite pair of shoes (or your couch cushions!). And you can tell from the start whether they’ll be a good fit for your family. If you want a soccer buddy, you can find an adult dog that loves to play fetch. Want a snuggle monster? You’ll find one—and you won’t have to wait until they grow up to get those cuddles!
And speaking of growing up—adult dogs have already been through that process. So if you don’t have time in your
I’ve had my dog, Pico, for almost a year now. I adopted him when he was four months old, and in the time since, I’ve grown to love him more than anything else in the world.
Pico is a pitbull mix who was rescued from a puppy mill; he was one of five puppies born to an adult dog who was kept at the mill for breeding purposes. These dogs were fed very little and never got enough exercise; my dog’s mother died after giving birth to her fifth litter. I can’t imagine what kind of life she must have lived.
When I first brought my pup home, he had all sorts of difficulties: He couldn’t walk on a leash because he had never been outside before; he didn’t know how to go up or down stairs; he didn’t know how to sit, stay, or walk on a leash.
But with patience and training, my dog is now the best-behaved pup around. He knows how to sit and stay even when there are other dogs around; he’s great with children (he loves his little sister!); and he loves going on adventures with me—whether that means riding in the car or hiking out in nature.
If you’re thinking about adopting
If you love dogs, but you don’t have one… it’s time for a change. You should get a dog!
The truth is, there are thousands of animals in shelters across the country who need to be adopted. If you want to help out, and you want a new buddy to share your life with, it only makes sense to adopt a dog from a shelter.
That’s why we’re here: to make sure you know why adopting is the best way to go. We’ve compiled some information about these sweet pups that will hopefully convince you to take one home and love it forever.