Why adopt a Labrador rescue dog? Bouncy, brand new puppies ARE cute, however, did you know that there are several reasons why adopting a pre-owned dog may be a good idea? Let’s examine some good reasons for giving a rescue dog a loving home.
Let’s start with the Big One. Labrador rescue dogs are likely to be housebroken! This can be a big plus if you don’t want to be hassled with training your dog to answer the call of nature outside. It can take several months before puppies develop proper bowel and bladder control and if you work during the day you won’t be at home to deal with ‘accidents’. Older dogs are a much better bet if you can’t see yourself mopping floors and picking up poop after a hard day’s work!
Next, Labrador rescue dogs are generally past the ‘chewing up your shoes‘ stage. Labrador retrievers are renowned ‘chewers’ and they simply WILL find you socks and underwear to practice on. Adopting an older dog will keep your nice things intact and this includes your carpets, books, couches and even the remote control!
What about visits to the veterinarian? Puppies need to have their round of vaccinations and deworming. They will also need to be neutered or spayed. Labrador rescue dogs, on the other hand, have usually been vaccinated and dewormed and will have had their rabies shots. They are also likely to be neutered or spayed and will have been on heartworm preventative medicines. Just think of all the time and money you will save!
What kind of dog is it? Choosing a puppy can be a tricky business. You have no idea how big he will get, what sort of personality he will have or how active he will be. Adopting a Labrador rescue means all these questions can be answered immediately. Your rescue organization will have a pretty good handle on what ‘sort’ your dog is and you can request one that fits in with your lifestyle and family concerns. Remember many of the older dogs in rescue homes are there because they turned into a dog the owner wasn’t prepared for!
Puppies are cute but they only become real companions once they are a bit older. Labrador rescue dogs can become your friend immediately and are ready to play with the kids, go swimming with you, play nice with the neighborhood dogs and be a well-mannered pet. No waiting!
In a nutshell Labrador rescue dogs are ready, willing and able to love you and be loved by you. Once they settle in to your home and routine they are more than content to have found a loving home. Your bond with a rescue dog really is one that can’t be broken!