My heart goes out to mature dogs that need good homes. They are usually in that situation through no fault of their own and it is heartbreaking to see them just waiting to be taken home and loved.
They are independent, and settled – well past the destructive stage, make faithful friends and very visibly show their appreciation at being given a second chance. Very definitely good candidates to be considered when choosing a dog.
They quickly settle into a routine and potty training is a thing of the past (hopefully!).
They are also usually over the destructive stage by this time in their lives – which can be a real blessing if you are keen on a well kept house and garden!
All dogs are naturally territorial and very seldom need any additional encouragement to assume the role of your family watch dog.
However, if a true family watch dog is what you are looking for, you will need to ensure you pick the right breed when choosing a dog, as some dogs are so placid they would invite the neighborhood crook right in and show him where you keep the silver!
I hate to say it, but I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t – unless you can be absolutely certain of a mature dog’s background, I would not recommend introducing it into a family with young children.
Mature dogs are ideal for households where there are only adults or older children – and make the most wonderful companions in these situations.
You do also need to be aware that they may only have a few years left (all the more reason to give them a comfortable home) – and potential vet bills do need to be taken very seriously.
One of the added complications of getting an older dog is that they can take some time to settle in and may keep wandering off in the meanwhile.
Our little rescue Jack Russell kept doing this. Thankfully, we’d manage to find her fairly soon, and she was always so relieved to see us we couldn’t understand why she’d wandered off in the first place! Choosing a dog can have so many ongoing implications!
Older dogs can sometimes have fairly quirky habits – but so too do most of us ‘mature’ humans! Choosing a dog which compliments our own personalities means we can bumble along together – making each other very happy indeed!
The right amount of love, understanding and patience usually produce excellent results – I would strongly recommend giving a grown dog a second chance if your home situation is right.
Choosing a dog from this background can be just the nicest thing to do.
Potty Training Your Mature Dog
This is because a mature dog will present you with a few general issues such as safety, etc., but she has already formed her toilet going habits, which you are going to need to address to suit your situation.
Ideally, you should be able to train your dog to go in a particular place in your garden. This makes it easy to keep clean and also keeps the rest of your garden a relatively people friendly place!
Of course, your dog will also want to relieve himself when he is out on his walks – after all, a dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do!
I particularly like the lightly scented disposable bags – makes the walk to the doggie bin just that bit more bearable!
However, it may suit you best to train your dog to use an indoor litter tray. The following book will help you get through this process with ease.
Equipping Your Home for your Mature Dog
This section is currently being updated with a wealth of useful top tips to help you ensure you have everything your dog needs – at a price that suits your pocket!
A number of other factors need to be taken into consideration when choosing a dog – and we have carefully researched these for you. Our reason for doing this is so that you OR your dog do not end up as yet another figure on a long list of depressing statistics.
Life with the right dog can be one of mutual respect, companionship and fun – our dogs have so enriched our lives – and this is what we want for you. We are dedicated to helping you in choosing a dog – one that is perfect for you and your family.