Adopting an Adult Dog Will Make You Happy!
You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
This article points out several myths about adopting an older dog. It is worth the read.
We’re entering this post in the first Blog the Change for Animals Blog Hop today as this is a real CHANGE we can make for all the seniors out there looking for their final home…
Our last 3 adopted dogs were all adults/senior Labs: Becca, a 10 year old former service dog, Jack, a 7-8 year old (and the inspiration behind SlimDoggy), and Maggie, an 8 year old ‘breeder dog’. And we really couldn’t have been happier to have them.
As the article says, you know what you are getting with an Adult dog– no surprises about their demeanor or general behavior. Further, we have noticed that these dogs had little trouble ‘bonding’ with their pack (human and otherwise), another myth buster.
We also notice that with proper exercise and a steady leadership hand, you can, indeed, teach an old dog a new trick! In each of these cases, and with Jack and Maggie particularly, we have had success with changing behavior markedly. Jack had a lot of behavioral issues- digging, ignoring commands, growling, to name a few. He now is extremely well behaved. Maggie was completely different from Jack– she was a fearful dog and apparently abused based on the scars and bite marks all over her body. She wouldn’t even eat out of a dish, not even steak, when we first brought her home. She too, has changed for the better. She has been growing in confidence no doubt in part to a regular exercise routine, and is truly becoming the princess of the household. We are so proud of both of them and feel an extra level of gratification in knowing that we made a real difference in their lives.
How about you? Have you adopted an adult/senior dog before? Or have you shied away and chosen to go the puppy route? Please share your experience in the comments below.