Updated: Jun 25
This blog is about our experience of adopting an adult dog. An adult dog is usually above the age of 2 years and generally fully developed in terms of reaching growth.
We were fortunate to have found Beauty - our dog, at CUPA Second Chance Adoption Centre. He was already nearly 4 years old when he came home and was with the dog shelter for 3 years of his life.
Beauty is a gentle soul... until he opens up to you & shows off his naughty puppy version and yet, an affectionate soul.
For us training him was more to do with getting Beauty used to the house, routines, domestic noises, getting used to the leash walking, the food, the sofa, the stairs even. Adopting an adult dog is similar to adopting puppies, the routines, boundaries, familiarisation to the home and family is still required and yet you get to see the puppy in them growing up. It was lovely to watch a different side of him with each passing day, week, month & year.
We wondered if we'd regret missing the puppy stage of our dog, since we were to adopting an adult dog. But that's the beauty of our canine companions .. they never age!
With Beauty, the more he got comfortable with us, the more he became a puppy, the more active he got, the more he ate, the more he manipulated us, the more his personality developed, the more he became a dog with us and we became his pack.
We have no regrets, not being a part of his puppyhood, just happy to have him in our life.