Adopting an Adult Dog - Rescue Dogs 101

Adopting an Adult Dog

Congratulations on your adoption! And thank you for adopting an adult dog. Older dogs, are often passed by because many people prefer to adopt a puppy. So I am thrilled that you saved a dogs life!

I have put together the most important articles just for you and your dog. You are past the puppy stage, and need to focus on keeping your dog happy. Sometimes training is overlooked when adopting an older dog, and maybe you are one of the lucky few that adopt a dog that is already trained. But more often than not, dogs are given up because the previous owner didn't take the time to train the dog.

So I hope that you will take some time and read through my suggested posts to help in achieving your dream dog!

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If you haven't adopted your puppy yet, please start on our getting ready to adopt page.

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