October 15 2017
Bark Busters dog trainers are asked about dog breeds.
Which breed is the easiest? The smartest? The most obedient? Should I get a
puppy, an adult, or a senior dog?
Many times the answer depends on your lifestyle. Do you want a lap dog or
running partner? A puppy or a more mature dog? As November is the ASPCA's Adopt
a Senior Pet Month, we thought we would extol the virtues of senior dogs.
Although puppies are adorable, they require a lot of work. Puppies need
constant training, play time and housebreaking. Conversely, older dogs can be much
easier. Too often they are abandoned in shelter not because they are bad dogs
but because their owners have passed away.
Here are some great reasons to adopt a senior dog:
- Less destructive. Many older pets are well past the digging and chewing
everything in sight phase... your shoes should be safe!
- Have basic obedience training. Older dogs often settle into a new home easily -
they've already learned what it takes to get along with others and be part of
the "pack". And a big advantage? Most are housebroken!
- You can teach old dogs new tricks. At Bark Busters, we have
extensive experience training older dogs that may need some touch up
training. They are generally more attentive and eager to please than their
younger counterparts. If you are concerned that an older dog won't bond to
you, don't be. Dogs are remarkably resilient and open-hearted. Some
completely overcome their pasts in a matter of days; others may take a few
weeks or months, and a few will carry a little baggage for even longer
than that. We can help you work with your dog to overcome any hurdles.
- You can adopt a purebred pet. Many shelters are tailored to a
specific breed and have older pets available for adoption.
- Ideal for seniors.
Many senior citizens benefit from the company of an older dog, because
they are calmer, trained and need less exercise. They are content to move
through life at a slower speed.
- There's no guessing. Adult
dogs have reached their maximum size, shape and personality. There's no
guessing - what you see is what you get! A puppy's size and health can be
- First Pet. If
this is your first dog, or if you cannot devote the time necessary to
train, socialize, and exercise a puppy properly, an adult dog could be a
better option for you.
- You'll be a hero. Older
pets seem to have an intrinsic sense that without you, they wouldn't have
Open your heart to a
hard-to-place pet and help save the life of a senior dog that is waiting for
at a local shelter!