(Closed) Adopting an adult dog??

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
3053 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@FutureMrsphD:  Our dog was somewhere between a year & a half and two when we got her. Best thing we ever did. I’ve never had a puppy to raise alone so I was doing SO much preparing & research, I had it all planned out how we would potty train it, take it to training, best food, toys, dog parks, etc. We found our baby at a shelter, she is a finnish spitz mix (I wanted a finnish spitz or another breed, idr the name of that one) & when my SO saw the finnish spitz she called me over. She was a little older than we were looking but she doesn’t bite, tear into ANYTHING, she was already potty trained, super easy to train to sit, stay, lay down, etc…she was a God send. I love her so much & she’s still playful like a puppy but knows when we want to play & doesn’t badger us. Perfection

ETA a picture =)

Post # 4
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I adopted my Noodles when she was about 1.5 years old.

The biggest challenges I think were the fact that she’s not really as bonded to me as I see my husband’s dog is, which he got when he was a puppy, though that could also just be her personality. She’s sort of aloof to people and prefers to be alone. I am clearly her favorite person of all people, though. I know she trusts me more than anybody else and is more affectionate toward me, on the off chance she feels like getting/giving some attention.

It was hard to properly train her. I’m not sure what method her previous owners used, but she was having regular accidents in the house. I started with potty pads, which worked, until she started shredding them when I wasn’t home and making a mess. I think most of her issues revolved around separation anxiety more than anything. It made a WORLD of difference when we moved in with my husband and his dog. She had a model of proper potty behavior AND she had somebody there (even when she wishes he wasn’t) so the anxiety is decreased. She never has accidents now.

Post # 5
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

1-3 years old are still considered “young” since they’re still in the puppy play age (I think they use adult once the dog is 6+).  We adopted a 2 year old and he still has a TON of energy.  He was peeing on the floor when new people came over but we quickly trained him out of that habit.

Best of luck!

Post # 6
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yay for you!!! I have been a volunteer with rescue (a foster mom) for 10 years and I love that you are considering adopting an adult dog. Too many people are under the impression that you have to “have them from a puppy” to get a good dog and that’s SO untrue. I actually prefer adults since you don’t have to deal with housebreaking and teething and crazy-hyper-puppy behavior. Yes..they are adorable but also a pain.

Adult dogs are no different than adult humans. We are all different. My advice to you is to determine what type of dog best fits your needs/lifestyle. Do you have a specific size/breed type in mind? Figure out what you aboslutely DON’T want. Like..my Bullmastiff drools. Some people can’t stand that. Jack Russels are very hyper. I’d rather have drooly than hyper. Then start looking.

Speak to the shelter staff or foster parent about the specific dog that you are interested in to find out their quirks/habits. Some shelters are very poorly staffed so you may need to go in a spend time with the dog you are interested in yourself to get info. Private foster homes will be able to give you all the nitty gritty. Good luck and again, kudos for looking into adopting an adult. Too many get passed by because they aren’t puppies.

Post # 7
109 posts
Blushing bee

I adopted my (now late, sadly) dog when she was 3 years old. She was out of that puppy-wired stage, though she did still have a chewing habit that she didn’t fully get over until she was about 10. She was already housetrained–there were just a few days of accidents while she basically trained me; there was a noise and a dance that she did if she wanted out, and as soon as I figured out what it meant, we were in business!

She was a sweet, mellow dog and just amazing. She lived to be 12 and we had 9 years together.

Post # 8
998 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@soontobemrsm11:  +1

We adopted both of our dogs as adults, and I swear it has been the best decision we ever made. SO much easier than a puppy!

Post # 9
1332 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We adopted our dog at 9years of age…so, she was a geriatric.  Honestly, I have NO idea WHY or HOW anyone could give her up, but apparently she had been re-homed 4 different times until we took her in.

With that said, we were apprehensive that maybe she was a terror, or whatever, but my heart was drawn to her when we saw her. 

The challenges we have faced, honestly, have been none.  Except she is high anxiety, which then causes some neediness if there is a storm or loud noise, or whatever.  The worst is when we take her to his mom’s if we are out of town, etc. I do not blame her, as it seems she was never in one place for too too long. This, AND we do not get an overly extended period of time with her,  because she is a german shephard and their lifelines are approx 12-14 years!

However, this dog is amazing beyond that, and fits our lifestyle.  She is fully potty trained, she is a great walker, and she does not leave our side when we are outdoors, so no fence/leash, etc is required!

Because of this adoption, of which we are so happy about because we honestly feel we have given her a great ‘end of life’ home, where she can sleep all day, etc we think we will consistently do this…adopt adult dogs.  They are harder to find homes!  And certainly, although I love puppies, sometimes wonder if we were spoiled with not only her, but also the fact that there was little training involved.


Post # 12
2515 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

i adopted my dog when she was 5 and i haven’t had any issues with her based on her age. she bonded to me immediately and she was easy to train. she’d had a bladder stone removed while she was at the rescue group because her previous owner didn’t take care of her UTI (and it caused a huge bladder stone) so she had some trouble holding in her pee all night when i first got her. i kept her in the kitchen at night in case she had an accident but none of that was because of her age when i adopted her. i highly recommend adopting older pets!

Post # 13
8471 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@soontobemrsm11:  She is gorgeous!!!!  I want to squeeze her!

Post # 14
1332 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@FutureMrsphD:  Valid point, and I was worried about that too, especially with a shephard, but we take jogs together all the time!!  I asked the vet if Im shortening her life span by doing this, because the next day she is a tad slower, and he said she will let us know when she has had enough 🙂  So although the jogs are slower paced, and not as ‘long’, I get giddy thinking she is the happiest she probably ever has been, because you can see it in her.  Actually, honestly, I think we added time to her life due to the adoption!! Thank you for your kind words.  I am no angel, but A HUGE DOG LOVER of any age!!

Post # 15
7647 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Furby is a Keeshond Mix.

8 years old when adopted~Going on his 12th birthday this April. He was “too big” to keep by his origianl owners and no one wanted to adopt him (spent 5 years at the no-kill shelter). He had an embedded collar when brought to the shelter, so they told me touching his neck was a no no. He also hated men and children and other dogs.

All these years later: He lives comfortably with another dog (my parents dog since he is there becuase I can’t have in in my apt), snuggles, LOVES having his neck itched, loves kisses by men and women, and enjoys walks and treats.

Best dog ever <3 <3 <3

Post # 16
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

All dogs are weird, that’s a fact, but when we raise them from puppies, we don’t notice, because we’re the ones that made them OUR kind of weird….when you adopt an adult dog, you get two kinds of weird:

1.  Someone else’s weirdness

2.  The weirdness that comes from a dog being put in a shelter/rescue

So…that being said, you two and this dog, are just going to have to feel each other out…dogs are amazing observers, they’re keen ability to read human behavior might surprise you…but as long as you are patient and operate under belief that whatever this dog does, or does not do, he’s trying to tell you something…it will work out fine.

I own one of the weirdest dogs this side of the Mason Dixie line, a retired racing hound with 5 and a half years on the track…he’s quite strange, in every way imaginable…

If any part of the bottom of the dog food bowl is visible, he panics and eats all of the food in the bowl…

He will freak out and start screaming bloody murder if he loses sight of his Great Pyrenese brother for even a minute.

He runs in his sleep.

He’s afraid of moths

He is also a hoarder, known to steal anything he can pick up…examples include empty beer bottles, cans of food, toilet paper, keys, a cell phone, a shoe, a sprinkler head and a potted plant…he doesn’t eat them, just hides them in his bed and sits on it like a boney chicken.

Either way, it’s a great way to go, if you have the heart and patience for it!


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