Benefits of getting a puppy with an older dog.
The benefits of having an older dog or puppy can be numerous. Not only are they generally more well behaved but they also require less of your time and attention. In return, it makes them more of a responsibility to take care of. If you are looking for a puppy but find you cannot have a young puppy, then getting an older dog might be the ideal solution. Here are just some of the advantages.
They are well behaved
In general older dogs are less of a source of a problem, particularly if they are well trned or have a natural aptitude for being well behaved. This is particularly true for dogs who have grown up around a family dog or have had a responsible trner or owner. This allows them to learn good behaviour and understand what they are to be disciplined for. If a dog has grown up with children, then they will have more experience of being disciplined.
This will naturally be transferred to all their interactions with children and, if the dog is a little older, it will also have had more years of experience.
A dog who is used to children and having a routine is more likely to understand what the rules are when they come into the house. They can also understand what they are meant to do in situations such as in the garden, which can also make them more well behaved.
They are generally healthier
Older dogs are generally healthier than puppies because they are more experienced and are more settled in life. Older dogs are usually less susceptible to infections and are less likely to suffer from illnesses.
This means they tend to live longer and are more likely to make a full life. They also have fewer aches and pns and don’t get the illnesses that can be so devastating to a puppy.
They also benefit from having an established routine. Older dogs are less likely to cause as much of a disruption to the household routines as a puppy.
They need less of your time
Another great benefit of having an older dog is that they don’t need a great deal of your time. Older dogs are less likely to be destructive or require the constant attention of their owner.
Instead, they are generally more settled in life and more capable of spending time with you. This means you can spend more time with other friends or family.
If the dog is a young puppy, then he/she may require constant attention from you for the first few weeks or months of their life. If they are very young, then they will be under the age of nine months and may not yet be trned. Older dogs are generally more mature and are more likely to know what they need to do and understand what they are expected to be doing.
This means they do not need to have as many lessons and as much attention. They will generally just want to be left to enjoy life and be part of your household.
They are less costly
A puppy is more expensive than an older dog because of the costs involved in the initial purchase of a puppy. Puppies need food, bowls, toys, and vet bills. The same is true of dogs and their veterinary bills are not as small as puppies.
Puppies need to be fed and kept clean and that requires more time, effort and expense. If you decide that the price of a puppy is too high, then it may be worth looking at getting an older dog. They don’t require the same level of care or mntenance as a puppy.
They can help to calm your other dog
Some dogs are naturally well behaved, but for others, having a well behaved dog can be a problem. This is because they can be prone to jumping on people or other dogs. If you get an older dog, you should make sure that they have been socialised and have already grown to be well behaved in a variety of situations.
This means they should have a well behaved dog to socialise with and they should not jump up at you or other dogs. If you choose a younger dog, then they will still benefit from having an older dog to trn them with.
They make a more sociable dog
Older dogs are more sociable than puppies. They are not as interested in playing with each other and can be more independent. In return, they are also less likely to fight with each other. This means they will not make a mess of your home or damage things.
You can leave them in a room alone and they will not be the one to break anything or make a mess. This is a great benefit because you can concentrate more on your friends.
They are more suitable for a new home
If you are looking to get a puppy, then this should be the last option because of the high cost involved. Buying an older dog is generally less expensive and is usually avlable in a local animal shelter.
Most dog shelters will only take in dogs who are older than a year and will want you to be able to take them home and care for them for a while before they are rehomed.
You will usually be asked to pay a deposit for the dog and they will also require that you show that you are willing to keep them for a few weeks before they are rehomed. The only other requirement is that the dogs have no medical issues.
This means they are more likely to be the ones who are not up for adoption due to medical reasons. They are also less likely to be put down and killed by a shelter because they have had time to get settled.
This makes them more suitable for new owners