Everyone loves a puppy. They are adorable, you’ve got to admit it. But with a puppy, you get lots of puppy problems. They have no control over their bathroom habits and need extensive training. They are a blank slate, animals that need guidance and constant attention. Sure, they run out of steam quicky enough. But when they are awake, they are trouble! They chew on everything, with tiny teeth like needles.
Adopting an adult dog, however, is a completely different experience. Yes, they often come with problems too. Housebreaking can be an issue, especially if they were never trained in the first place. However, an adult dog learns more quickly. Whether you are teaching the animal to sit and wait, fetch a ball, urinate outdoors or any other skill.
When you apply to adopt a rescue, a “used” dog, try to get any information available about the animal. Find out about any known medical issues. Ask about housebreaking, separation anxiety or other behavioral problems.
No matter what the age of the dog, it can always benefit from training. Do a little investigating about the trainer before you hire them. Non-aversive trainers don’t put their hands on the animal. There is no shoving or pushing or forcing the dog.
Dogs want to please their master. After a few minutes with an experienced trainer, you will see how anxious your new pet is to learn. You could even pay a trainer to check out the dog ahead of time with you. Find out what the dog knows, what it needs to learn.
If your dog has accidents in the house, barks constantly, pulls the leash while walking or acts aggressively towards people – this will not be a good experience for anyone involved! With a little, and sometimes a lot, of patience this can be an absolutely wonderful experience for both dog and human.