t is tempting to adopt a puppy because,
let’s face it, they are so darn cute. There is
also the false idea that puppies will adapt
better to a family’s lifestyle than an older
dog. Because puppies are adopted more quickly,
shelters are often full of overlooked, amazing adult
dogs. These mature dogs come with a wealth of
knowledge about cohabiting with humans that can take
puppies years to learn. Before falling victim to thinking
you can't teach an old dog new tricks, check out these
nine reasons why adopting an adult dog over a young
pup is worth it.
K- 10+® PRESENTS
Why Old Is Better
Top 9 reasons to adopt maturity over youth.
BY NIKKI MOUSTAKI
1Hang onto your favorite loveseat or lush carpet for a while longer. Adults have likely outgrown
bad habits that plague puppies, like
destructive chewing, panicking when
left alone and messing on the floor.
4No teething, no puppy bite marks, no ruined Jimmy Choos and no replacing the
beloved iPhone because the puppy
liked it more than his had-to-have
7No more feeling like you have to drink ten cups of coffee to operate at puppy's
energy level. Mature dogs are more
mellow, can relax when you relax
and walk when you want to walk.
3You know how big your new dog will be. That tiny shelter puppy can transform into a
slobbering giant and sadly, many
dogs are relinquished to the shelter
for this reason.
6The newly adopted adult dog might come with some training already “installed,”
making any new training much
easier. Turns out, you can teach an
old dog new tricks.
9Mature rescue dogs placed into loving homes bond deeply with their new owners. They
understand how good they have it,
and show signs of deep gratitude for
2They will not keep you up at night whining and crying, will not worry you during the
day when you are at work (i.e. is my
sofa safe?), or be tethered to you
every waking hour.
5Loyalty is hard to find and a quality hard to replace. Adult dogs know what it means to be
a pack member. They pick up social
cues more easily than puppies and
do their best to fit in right away.
8Get the party started. A mature dog’s immune system is already established. There
is no vaccination waiting period
before you take him to a dog park or
other public places.