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Advantages of Adopting an Adult Dog

When most people go into a shelter, they are immediately drawn to those adorable little puppies. You know, the ones who will chew up your entire house, pee on every carpet, but still have just the cutest faces. Well, here’s a secret: when a dog looks up at you with those big eyes, they’re adorable no matter what age they are.

So, here are some reasons you should be adopting an adult dog instead:


You’ll Know Their Personality

Every dog has their own personality just like we do. The difference between a puppy and an adult though is that their personality isn’t a surprise with an adult dog. If they’re playful, you know it. If they’re relaxed, you know it. If they’re really smart, you’ll know it. You can get the dog that is perfect for you with no guessing games involved and be just as happy if not more.


They’ll be More Well Behaved

An adult dog has had a chance to grow up. They won’t run maniacally around your house, barking at every twitch of a leaf outside, or growl at the people walking across the TV screen. They’ll likely be a lot calmer and won’t disturb you with their pent up puppy energy that only seems cute for the first minute. If they do have any behavioral problems, you can learn that at the shelter ahead of time and be prepared for it.


Less Supervision

When a dog is a puppy, they need to be watched constantly, like a baby. They have a smaller bladder so you need to make sure to watch for the signal that they need to go outside. Puppy’s also frequently have more heightened separation anxiety that makes it difficult to leave them alone for any extended period of time. You can trust your adult dog to spend their time alone in the best way possible: not chewing up everything in your house.


You Can Take a Long Walk Right Off the Bat

While most puppies need to build up their stamina, your adult pup will already have the stamina to beat yours. No need to worry about them wearing out at the farthest point from your house or trying to sniff absolutely everything in sight. An older dog also learns much easier. If they are not already trained to run beside you off leash, it shouldn’t be too difficult to teach them. With an adult dog, you can take them out to exercise with you almost immediately and have some quality bonding time with your new best friend.


No Puppy Problems

Everyone knows that when you first get a puppy, they can be a real nuisance. You spend your time constantly worried that they’ll pee in the house or chew up your furniture. Well, most adult dogs have already been house trained and are well out of the chewing on everything in the house stage. Even if your new dog isn’t house trained, as an adult they pick up on things much faster and it shouldn’t be a challenge to perfect a system.

You won’t have to worry about those nippy sharp little puppy teeth that latch on your fingers without knowing their strength. Plus, older dogs only have to eat twice a day, whereas puppies need breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This means less money spent on food and fewer things you need to do to take care of your dog in a day. Not to mention you get to skip the socializing aspect of getting a puppy. Believe me, your adult dog is an expert at this point. Ashbridge’s Bay Animal Hospital offers vet services to pets of any age.


No Early Puppy Expenses

Let’s be real. Dogs cost money, but puppies cost more. You have to pay for new toys after they destroy theirs. You have to pay for those early visits to the vet to make sure your little pup is healthy. You have to pay for that extra food to compensate for all three meals of the day and that carpet you have to replace because your pup peed all over it. You have to replace all those pillows that have been torn to shreds and you have to go find yourself some more patience because that adorable dog has spent all of it. But with an adult dog, you don’t have to spend all that money. Really this should be enough to convince you but if it’s not …


You Can Be a Hero

Almost everyone goes for the energetic little puppy bouncing around the shelter when they go to adopt a dog. Almost everyone overlooks those well behaved and kid-friendly dogs that are just a desperate for love and a family. In choosing this mature and sociable dog, you are not just adopting a dog. You are saving them. You are giving you and them a new best friend and they will be forever grateful. Plus, owning a pet is known to reduce stress!

New Pet Guide: How to Find and Prepare for a New Pet in Your Home

1-Do your research

Find a pet that will fit with your home.  If you have allergies to certain animals, it’s best to avoid trying to make it work.  If you have young children, be sure your future pet has the temperament to be in a home with kids.  Make sure you have the time, financial ability and the space to accommodate a new pet.  Especially if its a younger pet, you may need to be at home with it to help it adjust and train it.

2-Don’t rush

There are plenty of pets out there, so take your time finding one that will be a perfect fit for you and your family.  It’s important to find one that has the personality you’re looking for.

3-Test out the waters

Before committing to a new pet, future owners can usually spend time with the animal to get to know it and be sure its a right fit. This may even involve being able to bring it home for a few days.

4-Address Health Concerns

Your pet may need vaccination updates, spaying/neutering, or could have a parasite that may not show symptoms.  Discuss this with your breeder/adoption center and be sure to get them proper testing and veterinary care before taking them home.

5-Prepare your home

When ever you bring a new pet into your home, you will find that there are a lot of things they can get into.  Keep all toxic items secured and out of their reach.  Put trash in a container they can’t get to, mend any sections of a fence where they could escape to, and prepare an area for them.  At this time, buy your basic pet supplies you need, food, bowls, terrariums, flea/tick prevention, leashes, pet carriers, crate, litter box, etc.  Set these items up in your home so they are ready for your new pet when they arrive.

6-Transport your new pet home safely

While it may not cross your mind, pets can get injured in a car accident.  Use a proper pet carrier or a harness/pet seatbelt when you transport your new family member home.

7-Allow your pet adjustment time

Let them get familiar with their new home.  This may result in them sniffing around, hiding, or maybe even having an accident.  Reassure them that they are in a safe place and give them space if they appear to need it.

8-Spend time bonding with your pet

This world is all new to them, new home, new people, maybe even other new animals.  Spend some time bonding with your pet and show them this is their true home.  This may take some time and may require play time outside, training classes, taking walks or just quality time on the couch.

9-Train them and set boundaries

Some pets require more training than others.  Perhaps you just have to show them the litter box, or you need to teach them to not jump on the counters.  Maybe you want to teach them tricks.  Whatever it is, training is great for the pets and it helps you bond with them!  Make sure to set boundaries and stick to them.  If the dog isn’t allowed on the couch, don’t let other people allow him on the couch.

10-Have fun and enjoy life with your new family member!

Boots for Adoption – Beaches Animal Hospital Toronto

Boots was surrendered to the clinic because he had an injured tail.

He is 10 years old, neutered and up to date on vaccines.  His tail has healed and he ready for his new home.

He gets along with other cats but is scared of dogs.

He would do best in a home with no children.

He is microchipped and FIV/FelV negative

Boots a kitty for adoption in the Toronto Beaches Community


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