10. Housebroken! House training a puppy and its small bladder can take awhile. They need frequent opportunities to eliminate where you want them to. An older dog can "hold it" much more reliably for longer periods, and usually the Rescue has him housebroken before he is adopted.
9. Intact Underwear. With a teething, chewy puppy, count on lots of destruction – shoes, carpet, books, couches, and at least one remote control. No matter how well you watch them, it will happen! An older dog can usually have the run of the house without destroying it.
8. A Good Night's Sleep. A puppy can be very demanding at 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. He misses his littermates, and that stuffed animal will not make a puppy pile with him. How about a little peace and quiet? How about an older rescue dog?
7. Finish the Newspaper. With a puppy running amuck in your house, do you think you will be able to relax when you get home from work? With an adult dog, your dog will be sitting calmly next to you, while your workday stress flows away and your blood pressure lowers as you pet him.
6. Easier Vet Trips. Those puppies need their series of puppy shots and fecals, their rabies shot, a trip to be altered, maybe an emergency trip or two it they've chewed something dangerous. This adds up (on top of what you paid for the dog!). Your donation to the rescue when adopting should get you a dog with all shots current, already altered, heartworm negative and on a preventative at the minimum.
5. What You See Is What You Get. How big will the puppy be? Temperament? Will he be easily trained? Will his personality be what you wanted? How active? When adopting an older dog from a rescue, you pick large or small; active or couch potato; goofy or brilliant; sweet or sassy. Rescues are full of puppies who became the wrong match as they got older!
4. Unscarred Children (and Adults). When the puppy isn't teething on your possessions, he will be teething on your children and yourself. Most older dogs have "been there, done that, moved on."
3. Matchmaker Make Me A Match. Your puppy may grow up to be super active (when you wanted a couch buddy); she may be a couch princess (when you wanted a tireless hiking companion); he may be a water dog (while you're a landlubber); or she may want to be an only child (but you intended to have kids or more animals). Good rescues do extensive evaluating to be sure that both dog and family will be happy with each other until death do them part.
2. Instant Companion. With an older dog, you automatically have a buddy that can go everywhere and do everything with you NOW. No waiting for it to grow up. You select the most compatible dog: one that travels well; one that loves to play with your friends' dogs; one with excellent house manners that you can take to your parents' new home with the new carpet and the new couch. You can come home after a long day's work and spend your time on a relaxing walk, ride, or swim with your new best friend (rather than cleaning up after a small puppy).
1. Bond. Rescue Dog Bond. Dogs who have lost their families through death, divorce or lifestyle change go through a terrible mourning process. But, once attached to a new loving family, they seem to want to please as much as possible to make sure they are never homeless again. They revel and blossom in a nurturing, loving environment. Most rescues make exceptionally and extremely loyal companions. Go to the shelter and see exactly what you will be getting in a grown dog!