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Things To Consider BEFORE Getting A Dog: Dog’s Age

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What age do you want to adopt? 

Decide how old your new dog is. A puppy might sound good. But are you really ready to sacrifice your home to puppy chewing and puppy accidents? Perhaps a senior dog would be a better option. He is already trained and much more mature. And yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Does a dog’s age make a difference when adopting?

The cuteness of a puppy may seem so appealing to most people that they pass right by the gray faces. However, it is actually beneficial for a lot of people to get an older dog. The biggest reason: they are already potty trained!! They do not have a lot of bad behaviors like chewing and mouthing. You can skip those behaviors by picking an older dog. You can ABSOLUTELY train old dogs new tricks. In fact, it can be much easier to do so, they are so eager and they do not have the what seems like nonexistent attention span of a puppy!

Consider your living situation when deciding on whether to get a puppy or an older dog. An older dog may be perfect for someone who wants a companion for a short number of years while their kids are still at home, before the begin to travel, or if they are uncertain of what their future looks like long term. Dogs can live for up to 16 years or more so long-term planning is important.