Six reasons to give an adult dog a chance to be a member of your family.
When it comes to adopting a dog from an animal shelter, many people instantly think of puppies. However older dogs have many rewarding qualities about them that many don’t even realise.
Here are six compelling reasons why you should give an adult dog a chance to be a member of your family.
An adult dog is fully matured, meaning he is at his maximum height and size already. It’s therefore easier for you to decide if your home can accommodate him. Even his personality and health is more or less established, so you can have a clearer picture of whom you’re taking home. A puppy is all cute, chubby and small at the shelter but it’s tough knowing for sure just how big he has the potential to grow.
Already house trained
You’ve won half the battle already as adult dogs are most likely already house trained and probably understand basic commands like ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘come’, ‘dinner’. While some house-training will still be required to get him accustomed to his new home, adult dogs pick up faster than puppies as they have a longer attention span and before you know it, there will be no more ‘mishaps’ in the house.
Calm and cool
Adult dogs are calmer than puppies. An adult dog does not require brisk walks or vigorous jogs around the neighbourhood to make him feel satisfied. While puppies have an endless supply of energy and curiosity, adult dogs are more settled and after a refreshing walk, prefer nothing better than to sleep their day away.
No desire to chew shoes
While no adult dog would say ‘no’ to a chewie toy or a raw bone, at least you know he won’t be chewing your shoes, furniture and cushions the way a puppy is capable of. Adult dogs are way past that dreaded ‘teething phase’ and will happily just grab a nap when you leave the home as opposed to his puppy companion who will put his time to good use by feasting on your Prada.
Just as smart
That saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” could never be more wrong. Adult dogs are just as smart as puppies and more than willing to learn new things. Speaking from experience, my adopted Dachshund learned how to shake hands at eight years old. She also learnt words like “walk time”; “dinner time”; “daddy’s home”, “want a bone?” and “who wants treats?” in a very short time. She is 15 years old today and still learns new routines and words with relative ease. All it took was a little patience, lots of love and repetition.
Already used to a home setting
Not all dogs are surrendered to shelters because of behavioural issues. Sadly many are surrendered because they have gone past that ‘cute’ puppy stage and are no longer seen as appealing. Some belong to expatriates who return home for good and cannot take their dogs with them. And many more are given up because of the arrival of a baby, the death of a guardian, even having to move to an apartment that doesn’t allow pets. Many of these adult dogs are already used to a family setting and are ready to settle down with someone willing to given them a second chance.
If you really are a dog lover, you will understand that adult dogs need a loving home just as much as a shelter pup does. Some adult dogs have been mistreated so your decision to adopt an adult dog would give him a chance to know what real love from a human can feel like. Once you’ve got his trust, he will be your loyal companion for the rest of his life.
If you are looking to adopt an adult dog, some shelters in Malaysia would love to hear from you.
PAWS Animal Welfare Society at www.paws.org.my
Tel: 03-7846 1087 (Petaling Jaya)
SPCA at www.spca.org.my
Tel: 03-4256 5312 (Kuala Lumpur); 05-549-8196 (Ipoh);
017-777-3777 (Johor Bahru); 06-268-6261 (Melaka)