Typically when a family starts thinking about adding a new dog to their household, most people immediately jump to which puppy they want. I totally get it. Puppies are adorable, fluffy, and you really just can’t resist puppy eyes. What people rarely consider is all of the work that goes into raising a puppy into an adult dog, like:
- Frequent late night restroom breaks in and out of the house
- Tons of house training and behavior training hours
- The socialization process for your puppy
- Possibly having your things torn up as they learn their boundaries
There's a reason people say that having a puppy is like a light version of having a newborn--it's a lot of work. Now, don't get me wrong, all of that work is TOTALLY worth it if you're willing to put in the effort.
However, you can get just as much love, affection, and incredible companionship from a dog that's already passed the puppy phase. And, in general, there's less work involved up front. Adopting an adult or older dog is an amazing way to add a new canine to your family. Here are five reasons why: