Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Adopting an Older Dog
Older dogs make great pets and although they may lack that adorable, puppy appeal, they hold many redeeming qualities worth your consideration.
Potty Trained: Stepping in wet, stinky pee puddles or watching your
perfectly polished hardwood floor get a new type of "finish" can
have you pulling out your hair in frustration. Older dogs
have been there and done that at someone else's expense.
Obedience: Older dogs are usually quite versed in basic commands.
Most of the hard work has already been done but don't believe
the hype; You can definitely teach your old dog many new tricks.
Size Matters: What you see is what you get when adopting an older pooch. But with a pound puppy, breed status and origin can be a bit
nebulous, so why not go with a full-grown Fido? By the time a dog reaches 3 years of age, you have a good idea of his height and weight.