10 Reasons to Adopt an Adult Dog

30 Dec
10 Reasons to Adopt an Adult Dog

10 Reasons to Adopt an Adult Dog

When it comes time to get a dog, many people consider adoption over purchasing. If you’re one of them, why not look at adult dogs? Puppies are a lot of work, and adult dogs bond just as well as puppies. Besides, there are quite a few advantages to getting an adult dog.

  1. An adult dog has an adult bladder. Puppies can only be expected to “hold it” for as many hours as they are old, plus one. Therefore, a four-month-old puppy can only be expected to hold it for five hours. You probably plan to be home for the first weekend — even a long weekend — when you bring your dog home. But what about after that? Have you made arrangements to walk the dog or let her out every three, four, five, six or seven hours over the next six months? Is there someone home during the day with your dog. If not, consider an adult dog. They can be housetrained even if they’ve never been housetrained before. And best of all, the can hold it until you come home.
  2. An adult dog is past the puppy chewing stage. This stage, from two months to two years of age, is when much of the home destruction happens. Chewed cabinets, sofas, shoes, window sills, and clothing can cost you plenty. But an adult dog, given chew toys and bones to keep him occupied, is no longer in a chewing frenzy.
  3. An adult dog is as big as he’s ever going to get. With puppies — especially puppies whose heritage is unknown — you never know. My cousin got a “Beagle mix” who is now nearly 50 pounds. Many apartments have weight restrictions on the dogs they will allow, so if you rent, you may need to get a smaller dog. In addition, food, vet care and boarding are all more expensive for bigger dogs. If you’re sure you can’t end up with a bigger dog, get an adult.
  4. Adult dogs are better able to focus, and this comes in handy during training. Although puppies can and should be trained, ask any trainer and she’ll tell you it’s often easier to train dog who’s mature. And don’t give in to fears that an adult won’t bond to you, or that you can’t teach an old(er) dog new tricks. Both are false. Every day is a whole new day for dogs, and the bonding that takes place during training (or retraining) is every bit as rewarding as that with a puppy. Plus, you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to take him out!
  5. What you see is what you get. Some dogs are very active as puppies, then mellow out considerably as adults; others are very cuddly and passive as puppies, then develop the energy of a squirrel on crack cocaine as they grow. An adult dog’s baseline personality is pretty well set, and shelters are full of dogs who became the “wrong” match as they grew up.
  6. If you’re a fan of a particular breed, getting an adult purebred might be easier than you think. Breed rescues take in dogs from shelters and breeders … dogs who may have lived in comfortable, loving homes prior to coming to yours. Don’t assume that all rescue dogs are street urchins with no training who will not withstand being on a leash or being brushed. Then there’s the added bonus of getting a dog who’s very “typey” and a good representative of the breed you like. Remember my cousin who wanted a beagle? Her dog (whom she adores, by the way) looks more like a smaller Irish Wolfhound. I loved collies all my life, and got a puppy from a breeder. His mom and dad were both gorgeous examples of the breed. He was a ball of fur with good coloring as a puppy, but as he grew, he began to show some conformation faults. His ears didn’t stand up. They drooped all his life. His back legs pointed outward, like ballerina feet. He grew and grew … to 90 pounds. He looked very gangly because of a very long back and high hips. His coat was so thick that our groomer, who had show collies, said he had three coats. Most people didn’t recognize him as a collie. Several people asked if he was a collie mix. Don’t get me wrong; I loved him dearly until the day he died. But as collies go, there are others who are better representatives of the breed. If you want a Papillon or a Pug that looks like a Papillon or Pug, consider an adult dog.
  7. The first year is a lot less expensive with a grown-up dog. All those trips to the vet to give your new puppy round after round of innoculations can really add up. A healthy adult should only need to go to the vet once a year.
  8. Most adult dogs are already socialized. Puppies must make mistakes and be corrected by dogs and humans to learn how to interact with others. Most adult dogs have already had run-ins with other dogs, so they know how far they can go. They want to keep the peace, and this is what socialization is about. The first time my young Lab got a correction from a Husky at the dog park, I could see her working it out in hear head. In hear world, everyone loved her, and everything was hers. But suddenly, she was put down hard by another dog. It was a necessary learning experience. An adult has been around the block and will be more aware in social interactions with kids, dogs, and you.
  9. Instant companionship is yours when you get an adult dog. Puppies have to wait until they get their last round of shots before they should be around other dogs. They can’t run very far, and are easily knocked around by kids and other dogs. They’re uncordinated, untrained, and must eliminate, eat and sleep often. An adult dog can go running with you today!
  10. If you’re adopting a dog to save a life, consider this. Most people get swept away by the cute factor of puppies. They come to shelters looking for puppies, therefore most puppies in shelters have a much better chance of being adopted than most adult dogs. When you adopt a dog, you’re saving a life. Why not save a life that’s running out of time, with fewer chances at being adopted? Many people say, “the dog knows.” Owners of adult adopted dogs often say that these dogs are grateful and happy dogs. One thing’s for sure; you’ll never regret it.

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70 responses to “10 Reasons to Adopt an Adult Dog

  1. Animals Away

    January 2, 2009 at 10:37 am

    If you lack patience then a puppy will not work. Many people think adopting an animal means getting an untrainable dog and often times that couldn’t be further from the truth.

  2. Audie Perove

    January 3, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Very informative post. There a lot of suggestions that some people might overlook. The main point I came away with is don’t get caught up in the cute factor.That is something that all dog lovers struggle with.The adult dog has just as much love and cuteness to offer as a puppy.

  3. Exercise Pet

    January 6, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Many people don’t lke to adopt an adult dog cause it’s hard to train or something else, but with this info i will tell them about adopting adult dog. Thx for your post

  4. Calie C

    January 21, 2009 at 9:57 pm

  5. Calie C

    January 21, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Sorry, my I bumped the enter button too early 🙂 the name of the day is Change a Dog’s Life Day – January 24th

  6. Susan

    January 27, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Adopting older dogs is a very nice thing to do. There are so many that need a home.

  7. Eskil

    January 28, 2009 at 7:29 am

    I know that most people loves puppies but I actually find adult dogs more fun. Puppies to me are a bit annoying so I would prefer to adopt an adult dog.

  8. Mel

    January 28, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Bravo! All good. We adopted two adults this summer and they are terrific. One is a “true” golden retriever – just what we wanted, goofy, friendly, sweet, gentle. Our other is an Aussie and she is terribly dear. They get along great and, while being adults, we may not have them as long as we would have had a pup, we also didn’t go through the things you mentioned: chewing, nipping, peeing, jumping, etc. Both dogs came with good manners. It’ll be hard for me to ever get another puppy. And yes, I think they somehow “know” that they rescued us from our boring lives!

  9. Bob

    March 4, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    My wife and I saved an adult dog from a shelter in 2005. I can’t imagine our lives now without out our Pandora. She’s the most popular member of our family.

  10. Carol | Advantage Flea Control

    March 16, 2009 at 10:48 am

    That’s right people just don’t understand how important it is to adopt pets. I always volunteer at our local SPCA and its just so hard to see all these animals put to sleep and I mean healthy cute dogs and cats. And then you will see all these people buying new puppies for hundreds and sometime thousands of dollars. Please check your local SPCA before you buy a new puppy and fund another breeder to breed more puppies.

  11. Black Labradors

    March 22, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    We just adopted a 7 year old Black Labradors and it was VERY rewarding.

  12. dee

    March 25, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I adopted a 4 yr. old spaniel mix in April 2001 from our local Humane Society. She had been badly abused by her previous owner, a man. She didn’t trust any men until my husband won her heart. We had our precious Maggie for abt 5 years before she died of chf. She was wonderful. So loving and sweet. A few months later, we adopted a 2 yr. old stray border collie who was half starved and her hair was falling out from stress. She had also been thru a lot. Annie has been a total joy to have around and is the first dog we have ever let sleep at the foot of our bed.

  13. al

    March 25, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    wish there was a specific website to adopt adult dogs

  14. Dog Bedding

    April 2, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I didn’t really think of it that way. Older dogs already out of that puppy stage. Puppies are great because they are so cute and brand new, but older dogs need caring too. It will be a while before my wife and I are ready to adopt a dog again, but I will try to keep in mind and older dog.

  15. Pet Rescue Stories

    May 7, 2009 at 11:43 am

    i think this is something more people should do… i adopted a 1yr american bulldog/pitbull mix and he’s been the best dog i’ve ever owned.

  16. Imado Glover

    May 21, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Very worthwhile post. I have adopted three adult dogs in my life. Two were great and we bonded very well, however, the third was definitely abused and had trust issues. I don’t think we ever built a strong bond but I felt better knowing she had a safe home.

  17. Baby Pushchairs

    June 11, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I think you’re right. So many people don’t even consider adopting an adut dog, but there are loads of advantages as you’ve so clearlt pointed out. Thanks!

  18. MickiK

    June 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    So many people don’t want to adopt an adult dog because they feel someone must have given up the dog for a reason.

    Most of the time, though older dogs are put up for adoption because of issues with the owners, like a baby who’s allergic, owners who have no clue how to train a dog, or who have no time for the dog.

    Most of the time, the older dog is perfectly wonderful, and it’s the owners who are the problem.

    • Nancy Seymour

      August 30, 2009 at 9:26 pm

      That is absolutely so true. They do not come with all the facts, so many assume they have a problem. Then coupled with being afraid, from being abandoned and ripped from the home most of them loved, they are not the robust, happy, “come let’s romp” dog in a cage. I have heard taking a dog out of the cage/pen and going for a walk can give you a better assessment of the personality.
      Shy dogs can be great dogs, too. Often they truly appreciate someone who looked a little deeper through their eyes into their heart or soul.

  19. Bill B

    June 30, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Having a dog is truley a wonderful thing. Older dogs offer some special advantages as they tend to be a bit calmer, often are trained, and require less supervision (sometimes!)

    I hope more people, espcially older folks who may be lonley, consider adopting a dog!

  20. Anthony Albert

    July 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Yes, getting a puppy can be a lot of work that you are not prepared for. Getting an adult dog may be a better choice.

  21. Automarken

    July 16, 2009 at 12:24 am

    I Love dogs and I have two puppy now and they give me the best joy I ever had.
    Nice post, thanks.

  22. Faliero Sarti

    August 8, 2009 at 10:40 am

    we would love to adopt a dog – but since we live in the city in a small flat we never considered it

  23. Sulley's Mom

    August 9, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Adopting a dog is the best thing that ever happened to us…and we live in a two-bedroom urban apartment building. Now we’re trying to celebrate adopting mixed-breed dogs for shelters.

  24. Shop Agentin

    August 24, 2009 at 1:21 am

    I would also like to adopt a dog, but I’m travelling a lot so I wouldn’t have the time for a dog. 😦

    • Nancy Seymour

      August 30, 2009 at 9:31 pm

      I commend you for knowing your time demands. There are great ways to love being with dogs like volunteering at rescues or shelters, driving in the transporting chain of cities near you getting dogs to new homes throughout the country, or even helping a friend walk and play with their dog when you are home. It fulfills your enjoyment to be with a dog leaving the guilt behind when you leave. Dogs are pack animals and too much alone time is simply not the best home for them. I’d gladly share my girls with you for play time.

  25. mywritingcoach

    August 24, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Great post! We have also decided to adopt an adult dog:

  26. Kate

    August 31, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    The article was really helpful. I have several adult dogs and had recently thought of buying or adopting a new puppy. Now though, I think that I will adopt an older dog. I won’t have to go through all the house breaking. Thank god!! Thanks. 🙂

  27. diggma

    October 18, 2009 at 5:56 am

    If you lack patience then a puppy will not work. Many people think adopting an animal means getting an untrainable dog and often times that couldn’t be further from the truth.

  28. Shaun Range

    October 22, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Wonderful post! I feel that taking an adult dog into your home is the best option. Yes, you are certainly saving many lives. Why spend all that money on a puppy from a puppy mill outlet only to spend a year of frustration (and a lot more money) only to support potentially cruel puppy mills? Puppies are cute until that “puppiness” wears off in a year. Then you can find that wonderful dog at the shelter waiting for an understanding human to take him or her home. Praise the dog rescuers!

  29. Googmahaw

    November 24, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Amazing, I didn’t heard about this topic till now. Thanx.

  30. Sandra Scott

    November 29, 2009 at 1:28 am

    I love this post! As a serious animal lover and volunteer with a pet rescue group, I would love to see more people adopting adult dogs. There are some excellent dog training guides available that cover the training of adult dogs. My personal favorites are Secrets to Dog Training and Dove Cresswell’s Online Dog Training.

  31. Everything Pet - Pet Supplies

    December 10, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Adopting and adult dog is a great idea, they are so many that truly need good and loving homes.

  32. Pet Directory

    December 10, 2009 at 1:49 am

    A loving home is definitely what those adult dogs in the shelters need. To many people buy puppies never understanding the work that is involved and then giving them becuase they are unable to look after them.

  33. ทํานายฝัน

    March 6, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Thank you very much Great post…thanks for share this.

  34. Large Dog Beds

    March 13, 2010 at 9:47 am

    We’ve adopted an older dog a few years back. It has its challenges, but definitely worth it.

  35. Vicki Sutkowski

    April 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Good for you for posting this. Yes, I agree that a senior dog should be looked at for adoption and it is, in most cases, a win win.

    A very important point to mention is behaviour issues. If you are an inexperienced dog guardian, it is important to pick the “right” dog for you. If you encounter any behaviour problems and aren’t ready to deal with them, guess who loses…yep, the dog. Be sure that you are making an educated decision when you are picking your senior dog. Experienced dog guardians can work with older dogs to resolve behaviour issues that have been a result of bad training.

    Remember also that senior dogs will have a shorter life span so be sure you are ready for the health problems you are bound to encounter and make the commitment to deal with them to the end. You don’t want to adopt a dog only to give him up due to the fact that you can’t support his medical bills. It’s just not fair.

    In any case, if you are ready to make the decision and adopt an older dog, I wish you all the best and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Just think before you act and chose wisely.

  36. Dog Warp

    April 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I am completely on board with the adoption of adult dogs over puppies. You listed some great reasons above, and I completely agree that puppies are WAY too much work. I have had a puppy once in my life and that was one times too many, she literally almost drove me to the brink of insanity a lot of the time. It definitely helps if you have someone helping you out, but when you are by yourself trying to raise a puppy, it is a lot harder than most people think.

    Also, not only are adult dogs not puppies, but just the fact that adult dogs are much less likely to be adopted than a puppy is a huge reason to adopt an adult dog, because adult dogs for adoption deserve love too!

  37. Ben Hughes

    May 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Adopting is always the way to go in my opinion. Plus its usually cheaper too.

  38. Nancy Cope

    July 23, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I agree that adopting an adult dog is a great idea. Sometimes though the adult dog has led a hard life and it can take a while for them to adjust.

    We adopted an adult chihuahua over a year ago and she still is very scared of noised. She looks up a alot, as if she is afraid something is going to come down on her head. When we first got her she would pee in her bed. That was probably because she was rescued from a puppy mill where she was in a cage all the time. It took here a few months to realize what a toy was for.

    We just adopted another dog a couple of weeks ago and she is 5 months old and full of energy. Always messing with our other dogs, trying to get them to play. But, she has to be watched constantly because she is always into something.

    Fortunately I am a stay at home mom and am with her most of the day. All of our rescues get spoiled a lot.

  39. Jennie

    August 11, 2010 at 12:40 am

    I agree with you. I think adopting an adult dog is a very kind thing to do. There are so many adult dogs who needs a loving and caring home.

    The only problem is, it’s sometimes difficult to un-learn some bad habis for adult dogs. They have been used to those habits, and thus you have to take extra effot to un-learn them.

  40. KozyDogs

    September 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I am all for adopting an adult dog, I have done it twice. Dogs learn very quickly who loves them!

  41. Palooza

    September 15, 2010 at 12:58 am

    There are so many Dog rescues out there with so many dogs needing a forever home. These dogs are usually pure breed and are being fostered in wonderfully loving homes.


    September 23, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I must agree with all your reasons. I recently adopted a five year old dog. The previous owners were having problems with training him to stay out of trash. I think he was looking for food, as I do not have that problem. He has been great and is very well behaved. He bonded with me instantly and now he follows me everywhere. His only problem is he thinks he is a lap dog, and he weighs about 70 lbs.

  43. Val Will-Dog Trainer

    November 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    You have some very relevant points. I wish more people had your views when looking for a new family pet. There are so many adult dogs out there that need a good home. I have a lot of experience with training adult dogs and trust me it is much easier to teach an old dog new tricks. Puppies just don’t have the attention span that an older dog has.

  44. dogs

    November 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I am all for adopting dogs but I like to adopt puppies

  45. Dog Training Obedience

    January 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Puppies are cute but can be a lot of work. I adopted both my labs and they have been a great addition to the family.


    January 26, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Yes, especially for the first time dog owners, adopting an adult dog is definately the way to go…. training wheels as you may call it

  47. 4 Paws Decals

    February 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

    After having two terrible puppies (they did finally outgrow it by the age of 2), I have finally convinced my husband that from now on, younger dogs / adults dogs will be it from now on. You get to know the personality of the dog better and you have a better idea of what you are getting.

  48. Pet Palooza

    February 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I appreciate this article so much. Adult dogs need loving homes and we all need to do our part to find them forever homes.

  49. GW

    March 7, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Older dogs usually understand way more. Give them love and they will love you back, for sure. Do not forget to get them some dog clothing for whatever the occassion. Make them even more a part of your family.

  50. Brad

    June 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Those are some very good reasons for adopting an adult dog over a puppy. Getting any pet requires you to take on some responsibility however. A puppy has a lot of energy, chews on stuff and usually will need house training. An adult dog comes with his own problems too. I have rescued two adult dogs so far. A German Sheppard and a Harrier Hound. They both have major issues that I had to learn to deal with. We (my wife and I) also have a Rottie that she got as a puppy. Getting a dog requires training. Not dog training but human training. You have to understand your dog’s bad behaviors and then react to them appropriately. Our German Sheppard bit a stranger walking by on the street. It was totally unprovoked by him and there was no warning from the dog either. Our hound has destroyed 3 bed pillows while we were out for a while. Both behaviors were the dogs’ way of dealing with stress. Proper training of us and then the dogs was the answer deal with ending the bad behaviors.


    June 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm


  52. Catherine

    July 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I agree completely. There are so many adult dogs in pounds that would be great companions. I go to a dog park daily and most all of the dogs, including adult were adopted. The puppy is over idealized, lots of work, don’t know the size, personality etc. I love puppies but adults need homes too.

  53. PetnVet Finder

    August 3, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Thanks for the eye-opening article! It is true that puppies are a barrel of fun and easier to raise,but that does not mean that the adult dogs don’t have a world of things to offer you. Folks sometimes have the mistaken notion that an adult dog will only give you trouble as opposed to a pup.


    August 5, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Thanks for the nice tip. Has provided many related topics for posting.

  55. Junie

    September 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Puppies are cute, but work work work! Still, it is wonderful to go through the whole life cycle with a dog from young.

  56. Jane Cooper (@JanecooperJane)

    September 26, 2011 at 4:07 am

    We should also adopt adult dogs along with puppies. Although, getting a cute little puppy who might play with our kids is something all of us crave for, but we should know that your new adult dog is grateful to you for rescuing him from a bad environment. Give him all the attention he deserves. Take the dog to obedience class right away. Your trainer can help you with troublesome problems before they become ingrained.

  57. Karen Burnett

    October 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    A really important thing if your looking for a friend for an adult dog you already have is it’s neat to introduce the dogs as adults, puppies will play with anything, but adults find their friends and they never waver. Be patient and keep looking for the combination that works between the two–when the meet they need to play immediately, tails wagging etc–it’s a love connection that won’t go away. Once they hit it off, they’re not fickle like humans, they’ll be soul mates forever.
    I have a boarding facility in Scottsdale, last year I fostered 8 dogs and I have to tell you they were all pretty neat. They didn’t have anxiety that some of the more pampered pets may have that bored here, a few barked but I got that corrected quickly, they just seemed very good loving dogs. One was quite skiddish though but within a couple of weeks she was playing and having a great time–it just took her longer to trust and adjust than the other ones did.–she became a sweetheart so don’t overlook those skiddish ones that are too scared to love at first and sadly they usually get passed over due to this and could be killed at the shelter because no one will adopt them. It took us a long time to find the skiddish dog, Molly, a home due to this, she didn’t jump and give them potential lookers hugs and kisses so they moved on to a more friendly dog but finally Molly found a patient loving owner who believed me when I said she come around and she did. The new owner absolutely adores her sweet little girl.

  58. terrick2010

    November 22, 2011 at 10:59 am

    We adopted Brisco our chocolate lab and he is awesome! His owner got arrested twice and he was left outside. A neighbor took him in and post a youtube about him. We could not ask for a better companion! He does nothing bad, doesn’t even bark at people walking down the sidewalk since we live on a corner. He stays right beside me where ever I go in the house or outside. No leash needed.
    We have two dogs and no problems with barking or wetting in house. A dog has to be trained just like a child. My neighbors all have barking dogs and drives me crazy. They have to be told no! Correct them! Just sayin…..

  59. diana

    March 8, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Personally I think if you want to adopt a puppy you should be required to show a gameplan as far as training the puppy so they don’t go to irrisponsible homes.

    Some things people don’t realize is that puppies to turn into adults and with them winding up in homes that don’t take time to better educate and train them they almost always wind up back in the shelter where that bond winds up broken.

    If more care was taken in the puppy stage instead of giving it to someone who thinks they are cute, Their generation would grow up with more chances.

    This way if stuff happened and you couldn’t keep it, the dog would be fully trained as an adult and be more desirable. I adopted both, an older dog and a younger dog. I raised my puppy well she know’s so many tricks, that i know if something happened where i couldn’t keep her those who showed her would be impressed.

    The problem with my older dog, was I got her at 8 years age. I will admit she tries her damnedest to get the trick right. Once she gets it she gets it, but she’s more inclined to repeat the same behavior instead of trying something new.

    This is why I think there should be a requirement at all shelters before leasing a puppy to anyone.

    Don’t get me wrong my older dog is wonderful, she’s happy. But the better behaved of the two is because i took the time to actually train the puppy. Where as some sessions of training have gone no where with the older dog do to repentance.

  60. diana

    March 8, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Also to add to it, once the puppy becomes an adult dog its personality was molded from its puppy hood. All of the trials and errors were made and made the dog who he/she is. People complain that adult dogs over populate shelters. But if you consider that most people don’t want to take the time of day to completely reprogram a dog then you really need to stop the problem before it starts not target the aftermath.

    If each puppy gets raised properly by the time they hit their 8th month anyone would take the dog. When it becomes an adult added to the bonus info above in the article it becomes a ‘super-pet’.

    Ask yourself 1 question: would you rather adopt a trained adult dog or an untrained adult dog? Surely the answer is simple. Going with restrictions on puppies would take awhile but I do believe it would improve adoption rates at shelters, I also believe it would change any doubts about adult dogs and they would become rare jewels in shelters.

    • diana

      March 8, 2012 at 2:19 am

      Stop treating the symptons and treat the illness. I am not against adopting older dogs, I want to see a law against adopting puppies to people who have no clue how to raise them. Or at least require a license to that is given to you by your skill level with the animal, this way it allows those that can’t handle 1-2month old puppies to NOT have access to them. I also believe it would provide protection for the dogs if tests were actually used on actual shelter dogs that don’t get adopted but are marked for death. It too gives them a purpose and a job to perform. It could also wind up saving their lives because of the job. As the dog itself will gain experience in working with multiple personality types and different training styles.

      This allows you to tap deeply into current untrained adult dog’s ability and thoughts. If a dog starts responding to a certain type of personality or instruction you can include actual tests as to what type of dog personality matches what type of human. In the end that can help increase the chance for ‘forever’ homes. As long as nothing goes down before then. (losing house/moving/etc)/

    • diana

      March 8, 2012 at 3:00 am

      I also think shelters should have a liscense for breeding animals. Not require all animals to be spayed. But paying for a breeder liscense doesn’t give you unaurthorized breeding of whatever animal you have. You should have to pay for a genetics test for both the parents and the offspring of whatever litter is birthed. This way there is a more controlled form keeping quality of the animal in tact. I’m not saying go back to pure breeds. I’m simply saying that pets that possess positive genetics would be open to ‘breeders’.

      But to even aquire a breeder’s card you would need to be able to handle every stage of a pets life. Thus it would help control population for puppies in the shelter. Those that have defects in their dna posture bones, hair etc would be tagged immediately to be spayed. Which can be checked up on by the shelter/vet who issued the card(where travel expenses/time come into play).

      If breeder cards are required people can ask breeders to see their authorized card then choose if they want to buy a dog from an unauthorized seller.

      If such a thing was in place people would wake up to the facts that the genetic pools of the canine are deteriorating. More dogs now have so many defects because of puppy mills. So this type of thing would also help increase awareness of the dog’s actual being.

      Naturally there would be some acceptions, and some very harsh restrictions on what animals would be open for breeding as well to how many time a mating couple can breed.

      Breeder cards should not allow a lifetime adoption with the person who adopted the animal, but limited to breeding 1 or 2 litters max, before the animal is returned to the shelter and spayed. To retire from that work force and find a forever home.

      Also if there is a que on the animal in question an animal breeder cards will and should always be considered last unless the rank of the card does not allow the adoption of that type of animal.

      If a shelter is to full of animals all animals become spayed reguardless of genetic traits, unless that animal has shown extrodinary ability and made the genetic point.

      I think with all the above information with as much detail as I have gone into. You can see it is a system that could work exceptionally well. Of course there would be fee’s and adjustment periods but the idea is to control population, improve the quality of the animal in question(in many many ways), and still allow a decent flow of pets through a shelter that can be adopted by all different types of people.

      If I had such powers that could rework this and make it possible in a single night I would. I think it is fair to both humans and animals. Even thou additional fee’s might apply people need to realize that the animal will be a family member. It should be considered like going to the hospital to give birth, you bring your child home with you but you still need to pay the fee’s. When they get sick, you pay some more animals are no different then any other family member.

      If such an idea turns you off you need to look around and see who is in the wrong here. I mean really? The way animals get adopted from shelters and occasionally returned next to dead is sickening(most wind up dead or worse). There’s no protection for them in place. If you don’t think they shouldn’t have protection then you don’t deserve to adopt such wonderful creatures because you will never be able to understand them. They are living creatures, they should have the same protections and rights as we do, even if it has to be enforced and regulated. They are not slaves, you don’t ‘own’ them. Slavery is owning a life form.

  61. rita

    May 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    i have a little dog


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