There’s no denying that puppies have an amazing appeal. They are invariably cute and demand to be cuddled.
You’d have to have a heart of stone not to tempted to take one home if you’re in the market for a new pet.
But for every younger animal that gets snapped up by adopters, there are dozens of more mature years waiting for the opportunity to find their forever family.
Charities will openly admit that rehoming older dogs is tough going. It can be hard to know all the background of older animals that end up in rescue, the majority of which are there through no fault of their own. Some animals may have behavioural issues due to the way they’ve been treated in the past. Others may just lack the ‘cute’ factor.
But there are advantages to taking on an old dog. More often than not, they will be housetrained and through the awkward teething stage – no more coming home to chewed slippers or shredded cushions!
They will probably know the basics of lead walking and general commands and be less excitable or need less exercise than a young pup. And don’t believe the old adage of ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ – you can if you have the time and patience to train them.
As with every rescue pet, it can take time for them to adjust to living in a home environment from a period of living in kennels. You and the dog will need time to settle into a new routine and get used to each other.
There’s always lots to consider when you’re adopting a new dog but don’t forget the golden oldies – they will be worth it!