As much fun as it is to have a bouncing puppy around the home, the boundless energy of young dogs combined with numerous chewed shoes and countless puddles can make bringing home a little one exhausting.
Therefore, if you are considering bringing a new canine companion into your home, why not consider visiting a dog home or rescue centre and adopting an older dog?
Speaking to the Dog Daily, Sheila Webster Boneham, founder of the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Indiana in the United States, says it is a misconception that dogs can't connect with their owners if they are brought into the household as an adult and emphasises that older pooches can make loving family pets.
"Some dogs take a little more TLC, but I have found adult dogs to be extremely resilient, and most are driven to be connected to a person or family," she adds.
However, while an older dog may not be quite as tiring as a youngster, they bring with them their own challenges and demands which owners will need to consider before taking on the responsibility of a pooch
If you choose to take on a pooch that is approaching their twilight years, you may find they are more susceptible to certain health conditions such as osteoarthritis, dental problems or impaired vision, so be prepared to put in the extra time and care that your four-legged friend will need.
To keep your older pooch happy and healthy, it's also important to understand their changing nutritional needs and if necessary adapt their diet as they age.
A number of brands such as Burns dog food offer products specially formulated to promote health in older canines and designed to meet their dietary requirements, which will help you ensure that your furry friend is receiving all the nutrients they need.
Written by: Hannah