There are many benefits to adopting an adult dog over a puppy.  Here we take a closer look at the difference.

Basic Lessons

Puppies need constant training.   They have no clue regarding what is desired behavior until training begins.  You must teach a puppy not to chew on furniture, do not jump on guests, and how to ask to go outside.  In addition, your brand new Nike running shoes could be transformed into a chew toy without your approval.  Puppies could leave your furniture ruined and put your clothing in danger during the crucial training stages.  However, if you adopt an adult dog, then many adult dogs are familiar with the “sit,” “stay,” and “leave it” commands.   This may not seem like a big deal initially, but it is!  It preserves your home and clothes from being ruined by your pet.  It also saves you time from having to train a dog from scratch.  It is a massive benefit to adopting an adult dog.


Many adult dogs are house trained or are able to adapt to house training quickly.  Their bodies are built to “hold it” allowing the house training methods to work more effectively.  On the other hand, puppies do not have the physical capabilities to “hold it”  forcing you to get up in the middle of the night and to be available every hour, on the hour.  Puppies are like taking care of newborn babies.  They constantly play, sleep and go to the restroom.  But with an adult dog, the house training time is cut down significantly.  It provides further room to breathe and relax without the constant worry over puppy accidents.

If you are looking to rescue a dog, consider an adult dog.  To find out more information about the difference between adopting an adult dog or a puppy, talk to a Florida dog obedience training instructor or a k9 obedience teacher today.