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What You Need to Know Before Adopting an Older Dog


Newer doesn't always mean better.

Adopting an older dog may be a decision based on you or your family's lifestyle. In fact, many senior citizens opt for this choice because a new, hyperactive and untrained puppy may be too much excitement and work to handle.

Sometimes, an older dog has its advantages. It may be more settled, already house trained, leash trained, and maybe even spayed or neutered.

With this important decision, however, there are some vital points that you should keep in mind. When adopting an older dog, there is a lot to consider, no matter where you get your dog from- a kennel, a rescue center or a friend.

The first thing to research beforehand is the dog's history. Find out if the dog was a stray or where he was found. Being a stray isn't necessarily bad, but it may mean that you have to do some training. And, don't believe the myth that teaching an old dog a new trick is impossible. An older dog may be calmer, allowing you to concentrate your efforts on specific training methods.

Obedience school may be an option. Some older dogs may have been kept outside, so you may have to train it for living indoors, or vice versa. Although this will take time and energy, eventually your dog, no matter its age, will learn. At first, out of nervous habit, the dog might use the bathroom anywhere- especially if you are gone. Give the dog time to get used to his new home? it's a big change for him too. Be optimistic. He'll adjust. Overall, training a puppy is harder as they are distracted more easily.

During the initial background check, find out if the dog was abused. Just because the dog is shy in a cage or shelter, doesn't mean he was abused or will act shy once he is with you. If the dog was abused, however, he may be overly aggressive towards you or your children. Ask how the dog reacts to the human contact he receives presently. If it's a friend's or family member's dog, all of this may be a lot easier to find out.

Next, find out the reason why the older dog is now up for adoption. It makes a difference only if the dog has a violent background. It also makes a difference whether the violence was rooted in the dog's situation (i.e. taunting, hurtful children) or if the dog simply possesses an aggressive dominance over its environment. If you find that the dog was aggressive towards its previous owner, and that it wasn't the dog's temperament, you will really have to think about it.

If your dog is going to be around children, it's extremely important that you know ahead of time how your dog handles these little people. Find out what you can from the previous owner or care giver. Some dogs may have been mistreated by children in the past. These dogs tend to be overly aggressive towards children at first so please take that into consideration. Though it can generally be corrected over time and with proper training, your first responsibility is to protect the child's safety.

Please remember that most dogs in shelters or rescue clinics are there innocently. They could have been a product of a divorce, death, separated family, or a number of other circumstances. Most of these dogs have no behavioral problems and you will get along together great. The average age of a dog that you'll find at an animal shelter is between six months and one year old, that being their time of adolescence.

Finally, while most shelters ensure that their dogs are one hundred percent healthy, you will take your dog to the vet to get a check-up. This cost will likely be included in any adoption fees you pay. Insist that you take the dog to your preferred vet, and that the shelter or clinic will pay. If the dog is not spayed or neutered, then the shelter can recommend a vet and either fully reimburse the cost, or give you a coupon worth at least a fifty-percent reduction.

About the Author:
Tina Spriggs is an expert dog lover whose lifelong interest in canines provides the motivation for her site. To learn more about dogs or to find gifts and toys for them visit her site at Dog Gifts and Toys for Dog Lovers.

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3 ways your pets feel the COVID-19 anxiety, too  Futurity: Research News

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Pets Q&A: Dealing with a digger  Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Pets of the Week | Pets  Index-Journal

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How to introduce a new dog to other pets  WTOC

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Briona and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  AZCentral

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Captain’s Log: Pet Food Oddities for Odd Pets During the Pandemic  Noozhawk

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Letter: Legislation would protect pets, livestock and people  Reading Eagle

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Rio animal shelter delivers pets to Brazilians in lockdown – in pictures  The Guardian

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Your pets are stressed out, too  Purdue News Service

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You likely won't get COVID-19 from your pets—but you could give it to them  Medical Xpress

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American Heart Association brings back Best Friend Fridays to highlight how pets can help during COVID-19  WTVB News

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10 things to do with pets in L.A. this coronavirus summer  Los Angeles Times

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Animals Matter: How to prepare your pet and prevent separation anxiety when you return to work  San Antonio Express-News

Cherokee County offers help getting pets vaccinated - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Cherokee County offers help getting pets vaccinated  Atlanta Journal Constitution

A Paws for Pets - York News-Times
A Paws for Pets  York News-Times

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Betty Chinn's Homeless Foundation Receives Grant to Care for Pets  North Coast Journal

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Adoptable pets for May 29-June 4  Knoxville News Sentinel

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Pets perish in fire | News, Sports, Jobs  Fort Dodge Messenger

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Animal Welfare League of Alexandria distributes 5K pounds of free pet supplies during coronavirus pandemic  WTOP

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Pet of the Week Ruby | News  Independent Tribune

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'The Kaylee Project' warns against dangers of leaving pets, kids in hot cars  WBAY

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dvm360® and Banfield Pet Hospital Set to Host Virtual Career Fair  Odessa American

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Is it safe to take your pet to groomers as states reopen? Here’s what experts say  Miami Herald

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Fire and Rescue saves ten pets from house fire in Toledo, Ohio  ABC St. Louis

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Shelter pets in El Paso looking to 'Find Love Online' with virtual adoption event  KFOX El Paso

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Global Pet Oral Care Products Market Forecast to Generate Revenue of USD 2.81 billion by end of 2025  PRNewswire

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Rescue pets of the week: Ella and Shadow and Pirate and Slipper  SC Times

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Yolo County Animal Shelter shares tips on taking care of pets during the summer heat  ABC10.com KXTV

Oshkosh Area Humane Society has small pets for adoption - WBAY
Oshkosh Area Humane Society has small pets for adoption  WBAY

Toledo Fire and Rescue saves ten pets from house fire in East Toledo - WNWO NBC 24
Toledo Fire and Rescue saves ten pets from house fire in East Toledo  WNWO NBC 24

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Man’s grooming routine for ‘pets’ will make you ROFL. Watch  Hindustan Times

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Pets of the week: Muese is a sight for sore eyes  Bucks County Courier Times

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Give Back Thursday: H.O.P.E. For Animals – low cost vet for pets  WANE

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Craven-Pamlico pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

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Homeward Bound Pet Rescue's Pet of the Week - Simon - Gilmer  Fetchyournews.com

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Adoptable Pet Of The Week - Sol  Santa Monica Daily Press

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Pets of the Week: Speckles and Blythe  Daily Bulldog

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DIGGING DEEPER: Pandemic pet problem  KVOA Tucson News

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Castro Valley artist creating 3×3 masterpieces to support pet rescue  East Bay Times

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Local pet kennel comes to aid of victims of abuse and their pets  Steamboat Pilot & Today

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Veterinarian Addresses Concerns About Pets & COVID-19  WHMI

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AWLA Provides 5,000 Lbs. of Pet Supplies to Pet Owners This Spring  Alexandria Living Magazine

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Pet Tales: Guardian Angels train and meet up with partners, finally  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Greeley cop log: ‘Cracked out’ women fight on yard; upstairs pets relieve themselves on porch, leaking to lower level  Greeley Tribune

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Coco  KCBD

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Furloughed workers hold pet food drive  WANE

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Pets of the Week: May 28, 2020  WSIL TV

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Colonial Capital pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

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Are you paying more attention to your dog or cat during coronavirus quarantine? You're not alone, survey shows  USA TODAY

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May 29 roundup: Lawsuit protections, no layoffs and Pet Friday  Inside Higher Ed

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Virus delays flooding solutions at Austin Pets Alive! building  KXAN.com

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24 Adoptable Shelter Pets Available Right Now in San Antonio  San Antonio Current

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PetValu invites pet owners to enter photo calendar contest  Middletown Press

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Ariana Grande Has Almost 1 Dozen Pets; Here Are Their Names and Types  Showbiz Cheat Sheet

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Pet Owners Making the Cannabis Connection  Progressive Grocer

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18 products that actually remove pet hair  USA TODAY

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Online Pet Adoptions a Success, Chicago Shelters Say  WTTW News

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How to Handle Your Pet's Anxiety  Lifehacker

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Thief makes off with dozens of puppies and birds from Bronx pet store  New York Post

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Adopting a Pet During the Coronavirus Pandemic  NBC 10 Philadelphia

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Animal Humane Society hoping families adopt pocket pets who still need a home  KSTP

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Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com  Idaho Mountain Express and Guide

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Mass. Pets Getting Seriously Hurt in Grooming Mishaps, Veterinarians Say  nbcboston.com

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Families Foster Classroom Pets During Coronavirus Shutdown  NPR

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First-ever national virtual pet super adoption hopes to place thousands of pets  KUTV 2News

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This is what happens to the pets left behind when their owners die from coronavirus  CNN

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Coronavirus and pets: Scams exploit animal lovers in crisis  Los Angeles Times

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Hidden Paws Network helping pet owners in need with free food, supplies  WeAreGreenBay.com

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Want to adopt a pet? Here are 6 cuddly kittens to adopt now in Orlando  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

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VIVA Pet of the Week: Fancy  Lompoc Record

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Which Celebrity's Pets Would You Want to Quarantine With? Vote!  Billboard

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Local realtors team up with animal rescue for pet food giveaway in Boardman  WKBN.com

Your quarantined pet may be acting odd. Here’s how to help. - The Washington Post
Your quarantined pet may be acting odd. Here’s how to help.  The Washington Post

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Will pets have separation anxiety when we go back to work?  Globalnews.ca

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How to tell your dog or cat that Beshear said it's OK to leave and go back to work now  Courier Journal

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Pets strange behavior amid COVID-19  11Alive.com WXIA

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Man stabbed his dog, dumped pet in garbage bin, police say  The Spokesman-Review

This Nationwide Virtual Pet Adoption Is a ‘First-Ever’ - NBC Southern California
This Nationwide Virtual Pet Adoption Is a ‘First-Ever’  NBC Southern California

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Pets and the Humans Who Loved Them  The Wall Street Journal

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Hill's Pet Nutrition to Support Animal Shelters Impacted by COVID-19  PetProductNews.com

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Pet of the Week: Meet Tyson  The News-Messenger

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Veterinarians reveal the biggest mistakes you're making when buying toys for your pets - Insider  INSIDER

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9 organizations giving a voice to US pet food processors  Pet Food Processing

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We have 19 special pets ready to be adopted: May 23-24  SILive.com

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Meet this week’s Perfect Pet: Pablo  WSAV-TV

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Can it be a ‘family’ vacation without the family pet?  OCRegister

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Cumberland County family looking for escaped pet bird  ABC27

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Pets for Life helps Madison pet owners survive the pandemic  Madison.com

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How to adopt your next pet safely and virtually  The Verge

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Integrative Pet Vet column: Outdoors, springtime and eyes  Glenwood Springs Post Independent

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Expert Tips on How to Keep Pets Happy and Safe at Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic  PEOPLE

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Local veterinarian gives tips on preventing pet separation anxiety - 47abc  WMDT

How Safe Are Pets from Coronavirus? - Bloomberg
How Safe Are Pets from Coronavirus?  Bloomberg

'Office' star Rainn Wilson hosts Zoom call with 900 pets - Insider - INSIDER
'Office' star Rainn Wilson hosts Zoom call with 900 pets - Insider  INSIDER

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Should you be quarantining with your pets?  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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4 ingenious Ikea hacks for pets  Better Homes and Gardens

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WATCH: Woman claims someone stole her pet monkey  FOX Carolina

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Exotic cat roaming London neighborhood suspected of feeding on pets  msnNOW

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Houston nonprofit launches free pet boarding program to aid survivors of domestic violence  KPRC Click2Houston

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How to Make Your Garden Safe for Pets - 7 Unexpected Solutions for a Pet-Safe Garden  HouseBeautiful.com

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