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Is it possible to adopt an adult dog?

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Considering the adoption of a puppy will always be an act of love. But if you are adopting an adult dog, you may ask yourself some questions, such as whether it is possible for it to adapt to the habits of the home as a trained dog. The reality is that in most cases, dog adoption is a rewarding option for many people.

Consider that there are many adult dogs that are in need of a loving home. In fact, there are shelters and organizations that take in dogs for adoption until they find a loving home.

Advantages of adopting an adult dog

Among the advantages of adopting an adult dog we can list the following:

  • More stable character. An adult dog usually already has a more stable energy level than a puppy. In turn, the character of an already grown dog is already more formed and defined than that of a dog that is in the process of training. This will allow you to get to know their behavior and needs better.
  • More training. There is a greater chance that an adult dog is already socialized and knows certain basic commands that it will be able to obey. He may even be housebroken, which will save you time and effort in training a puppy.
  • Less demanding. An adult dog will be less demanding than a puppy and will not need frequent trips to relieve itself or it will bite everything around it. If you are looking for a calm companion, adoption can be a great choice.
  • Size and appearance. You will already know what the dog is like and you will not have any surprises when it grows up and changes its appearance, which can happen when you adopt a puppy.
  • Gratitude. An adult dog that has spent some time in a difficult situation or in a shelter may develop very special bonds of gratitude with its new caregivers. It will be a very nice relationship!
  • Second chance. If you adopt an adult dog, it means that you are giving a second chance to a being that has had problems. This way you can make a difference by giving him a home where he will be safe and receive love.


In some cases, adoption can bring certain problems. For example:

  • Previous training. It is useful to know what kind of previous training the dog may have had before adopting it. This is because they may have bad habits or problem behaviors.
  • Health problems. Since these dogs have sometimes been abandoned, they could have health problems and different diseases. It is advisable to have a check-up by a professional so that you know what to expect.
  • Fear and anxiety. A dog that has been mistreated may suffer from some related behavioral problems. On some occasions he could be afraid, anxious or even aggressive towards other animals or people. These are behaviors that can be treated, but may take some time before improvements are seen. That’s why it pays to know what you’re dealing with before you decide.

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