Puppy vs. Adult: The Advantages of Adopting an Adult Dog
With their adorable Buddha bellies and tiny yips, it makes sense why those looking to adopt make a beeline for puppies. At The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, we agree that puppies are pretty sweet, but what you may not consider is how much work they can be. That’s why we encourage you to consider adopting an adult dog!
With over 4 million shelter animals across the United States, adopting an older pet just may save a life. Because puppies and kittens are usually the first to find homes, adopting an adult dog is a compassionate decision that can be very impactful…but that’s not the only benefit!
Skipping to the Good Stuff: 5 Benefits of Adopting an Adult Dog
- You know what you’re getting. If you have an ideal temperament, breed, size, or other specific traits for a companion, than an adult pet is perfect for you. Unlike puppies, adults have matured into their personalities and physical attributes, making it easier to find your perfect match.
- You can begin exercise and play right away. Can’t wait to start a new jogging, hiking, or speed walking regimen with your new pal? Then consider an energetic, ready-to-run adult dog who will adore helping you out with that fitness routine. Puppies take time to develop the obedience and social skills needed to navigate the world, so bypassing this stage can be beneficial for busy human who want to jump into the fun right away.
- Adults are more mellow and well-behaved. It’s likely that your new adult dog has already been through some training and socialization, including the dreaded chore of housetraining. Adults also tend to be less hyper and more accustomed to the day-to-day routine of a pet owner. While some may need to brush up on basic commands, adult pets are generally more calm and well-behaved than their younger counterparts.
- No need to put your life on hold. Just like babies, puppies require a lot of attention as they grow. Puppies also require more veterinary care in the beginning (vaccinations/boosters, parasite screenings, etc.) and will need at least a few months of intense training and socialization. However, adopting an adult dog still requires time and attention, but is far less demanding and better suited for a busy pet mom or dad.
- An older pet needs you. Last but not least, many adult dogs find their way to shelters because they have been abandoned or have lost their owners due to death or illness. They’re frightened and want so much to be cared for by a loving human. When you adopt, you make a big difference in the life of a deserving pet. Thank you!