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Features July 2019 Issue

Why an Older Dog Might Be  a Better Choice

Adopting an older dog can come with unexpected benefits.

Why an Older Dog Might Be a Better Choice

For many households, puppies do not make the best pets.

While a brand new car has its attractions, many people have found that a car with some mileage on it runs just as well, has had the kinks worked out, and costs a lot less than a new vehicle. So it goes with dogs. A mature dog usually has plenty of life left. In addition, the behavioral kinks have likely been taken care of, and a mature dog often costs a lot less than a 2- to 3-month-old puppy. The advantages break down as follows.

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