Guidelines for Adopting an Adult Dog

When it comes to adopting a dog, we who are animal lovers, always think about whether the option of adopting a dog abandoned or coming from a kennel will be good even if it is an adult. It is obvious that this is a great idea, because giving a home full of peace and love to an abandoned animal is undoubtedly an act of unparalleled kindness.

Now, adopting an adult dog may have its disadvantages compared to adopting a puppy. There are factors you need to take into account and analyze in your mind before adopting an adult dog. Let’s see what these are.

What to Keep in mind?

Autor: Kristine Paulus
 An adult dog, as a rule, can be purchased in kennels or animal shelters. You should keep in mind that such an adult dog may be there because it has been mistreated or abandoned. What does that affect? When you take him home, you’re gonna have to get a lot of patience. The adult dog will not trust you at the first change as could happen in the case of a puppy.

Although these dogs have a high adaptive power, it will take you weeks to make them feel comfortable in their environment and not tremble every time you call them. He doesn’t know you, he just sees you as a human making him remember that one just like you hurt him, whether physical or emotional.

Another issue to keep in mind when adopting an adult dog is that it already has a teaching from its previous owner, or perhaps it has been raised on the street and does not have any. Don’t pretend to show him everything you want from him as soon as you get home. You’ll overwhelm him and you won’t get much.

How to make him feel good?

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First and foremost – treat him with a lot of love. Be patient if there are things you do wrong. Maybe if he’s grown up on the street, pee around the house, or he likes to spread the trash. Do not scold him, wait until the animal feels adapted to show him what you want.

Prepare a warm and cozy place for him, where he can feel safe. Put your feeder and water close to that place so that the animal does not feel lost without knowing where to go.

It is better that for several days you do not receive visits at home. Think that your face and those of your family will be new to him, the house will be new too, his bed, his food; seeing more people will not be something positive. It is better to let a time pass when the adult dog gets used to seeing you and begins to love you before introducing him more people.

If there are children in the house, it would be convenient for you to talk to them. Explain to them lovingly the situation of the animal, and make them understand that it is not convenient to burden the puppy and that although they will be able to play with it, now is not the time, that it is better to wait a few days until we all know each other. I’m sure they’ll understand!

When you take it for a walk, the animal may feel frightened by the presence of people or other unknown dogs. That’s why don’t you take it off without a leash. Buy a short, non-extendable leash so you can have full control of the animal, at least the first few days.

You probably want to run and a short leash will be the best thing to keep that from happening. Of course, if you are a reader of our blog, you will know that we do not agree with that type of straps, so we do not want you to believe that we are encouraged. But sometimes of this type, besides when dogs are large, they are perfect for controlling the animal.

Although it may seem nice and tender to have a puppy that you can grow according to your needs, helping one of these animals, an adult dog, can be a fantastic idea and an act of kindness.

Normally, the adult dog who has lived on the street or who has been mistreated will be very grateful and will not cost teaching. You just need to be patient and treat him with a lot of love. As always, we tell you: love, affection and perseverance.