Lots of people when choosing a dog, look no further than a puppy, but does this always have to be the case?

 

Alfie

Alfie

Consider this:

  • Older dogs make great companions.
  • They are calmer than a puppy, and house-trained!
  • They are not so demanding, and really don’t mind that much if you go out to work and leave them at home.  They will just settle down to sleep until you get back!
  • Having a schedule is good for any dog.  Walk times, feed times and cuddle times all make for a calm and happy dog.

The downside, of course, is that you won’t have them around for as long, their health may deteriorate and it is always heartbreaking to lose a beloved animal, but if you do choose an older dog, you will feel so good about “having done the right thing” by an animal who is perhaps less fortunate.

…  Anne