Adopting An Adult Dog? Here's What You Need To Know
With an adult dog, you skip out on the puppy teething phase, potty training and other troublesome behaviour. They are usually calmer and more obedient. But if you pick a senior dog, you must consider that you may have to deal with health issues that are equally time consuming and financially draining. Each dog breed grows and matures at a different rate, so it is a good idea to decide which dog breed is right for you beforehand.
Another benefit of an adult dog is that you don’t have to spend hours giving them basic training. However, new environments mean new rules, and a minimum amount of training must be expected. Additionally, training them out of problematic behaviours that have become a habit can be more difficult.
Most shelters will provide information on the dog’s personality. This way you can choose a dog whose activity level matches yours. After all, if you want a more laidback companion it’s best not to choose a dog that needs intense exercise. Also, it is important to check for any extreme cases of behaviour and make sure you are equipped to handle the same.
If you have small children or other pets at home, inquire about your dog’s compatibility with them. While some canines will take to little kids and other animals, others prefer solitude. It’s essential that the dog feels secure and fits in with your family.
The dog food you pick for your pooch should match their size, energy output, and dietary requirement. Complete and balanced meals from the Pedigree Adult range will not only meet these requirements but also support skin and coat health, strong muscles, digestive health, strong bones and teeth as well as a strong immune system.
Most adult dogs will be up to date on vaccinations and deworming. While this saves you a lot of time, it is worth going through the dog’s medical records in case any healthcare treatments have been missed out. Don’t forget regular visits to the vet — yes, adult dogs need them too.
Eventually, when it comes to dog adoption, having all the information should be a priority. With puppies, you never know what you’re getting. But fully grown dogs are set in their ways, which only makes it easier for you to pick a dog that fits your lifestyle and budget (for upkeep). Going through all the available details carefully will ensure that you are ready to give your pooch the warmest welcome.
Once you know where you are adopting your dog from, simply complete the formalities, prepare your home, and get ready to welcome a new family member!