French Standard Poodles
French Poodles from the Languedoc, South of France
Adopting an adult dog
When the circumstances are right having a small puppy and bringing
it up your way is a special and unique experience, but it is not
without its challenges and difficulties. When we had puppies available
at four months old we were surprised by the prevalent belief that
the puppies were past a bonding age. A socialised and healthy
dog will adore who ever is its master and protector (often with
poodles, extended family and friends too). The old love is quickly
forgotten as the young dogs falls hook line and sinker for being
the centre of welcome, love and attention.
Mature dogs can be ideal for the elderly, for busy families and
inexperienced dog owners. You could also be saving a dog's life.
There are organisations in many countries devoted to match making
poodles abandoned due to death, illness, hardship or simply a
thoughtless purchase, with adoption families. It is a myth that
rescue dogs are necessarily traumatised. They are typically grateful
and reward you with ready made maturity, eagerness to please and
an abandoned glee at being so happy to have found you. Realstandards
undertakes to assist our clients with a satisfactory re-homing
of our dogs should the need ever arise.
Rescue volunteers often keep the dogs for adoption in their own
homes while they assess their health and personalities and then
set about match making for a new home. If a dog needs basic training,
often the rescuer will provide it along with medical treatment
Following are some advantages of adopting an adult dog
Housetraining. Ever tried it? It's a lot of work and patience.
As a general rule a puppy can hold his bladder just one hour for
every month they've been alive.
Leash training. It seems to me that people who are tugged
about by their dogs must in some deep subconscious way like it.
It isn't necessary. If you adopt a dog you can choose a tugger
or a non-tugger and not have to blame the dog.
House and car destruction. Puppies are driven to gather,
chew and destroy with their wandering muzzles and needle teeth.
They need to lick, shred, crunch, gnash and jump; you will need
to spend every waking moment managing their whims.
There are many thoroughly commendable dog adoption societies
out there. Just Google a phrase such as "Poodle Rescue"
and your location.
Although less demanding than a puppy all dogs do need play time,
commitment and company.
If you have significant experiences with particular adoption
agencies we would love to hear from you.