1. Older dogs are generally already housetrained. You won't have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping/cleaning up after accidents.
Won't chew inappropriate items 2. Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won't be chewing your shoes, carpet and furniture while growing up. Older dogs can usually have the run of the house without destroying it.
Focus to learn 3. Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed. Therefore, they're more apt to learn quickly.
Know what "no" means 4. Older dogs have learned what "no" means. If they hadn't learned it, they wouldn't have gotten to be "older" dogs.
Settle in with the "pack" 5. Older dogs settle in easily, because they've learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.
Good at giving love 6. Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. Coming from the street or a shelter, they know how bad things can be and they're grateful for the second chance they've been given. Most rescues make exceptional , extremely loyal companions.
WYSIWYG 7. What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have already grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first which is why so many rescues end up with young dogs that don't "fit in" anymore.
Instant companions 8. Older dogs are instant companions -- ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do. 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). An adult dog will generally sit calmly beside you as your workday stress flows away and your blood pressure lowers as you pet it.
Time for yourself 9. Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don't make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.
A good night's sleep 10. Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they're accustomed to human schedules and don't generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks. Puppies can be very demanding at 2, 4 or 6am.

Personal note from GLB, GCDR's webmaster:

Speaking firsthand, I highly recommend adopting an "Older" dog. I've raised numerous puppies and given the choice I would stick to an older dog. There are so many in need of a home who get overlooked simply because of their age and the misconception that they "won't be with us very long". We have 4 senior rescue Dobes, 3 adopted as seniors that nobody wanted. Ages 13, 12, 11 & 8. We recently adopted Doughbee, shown at right, who is 8 years old and has as much energy as a race horse when he needs it to play & chase with our 11 year old who herself has as much energy as any dobe half her age. Don't discount the quality time you can have with an older dog. Instead of time cleaning up after a pup or trying to wear one out without it chewing everything in site, you could be relaxing with your typical "Velcro" Dobie who just wants a little attention and loving. As one who knows, there is no greater pleasure than adopting one of these "Older Citizens" and watching them come out of their shell in a new loving environment. Please consider an older Dobe when looking at all the available dogs. They deserve your consideration and a loving forever home too. Trust me, you won't regret it.


To see Doughbee's story, click on the image above


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