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Adopting a 1-2 year old dog can be fantastic for several reasons.
1. There are lots of them available. 1-2 year old dogs are true adolescents and MANY owners who buy/adopt a puppy find the energetic exuberance of young dogs too difficult so give them away. If you can persevere and see them through the teenager phase, they can become wonderful companions and solid citizens.

2. You have a much better idea of their personality. This is especially true if you work with organizations that work through a fostering structure (as opposed to a kennel structure) as the foster family will be able to provide in-depth knowledge on the dog's behavioural patterns and daily needs.

3. Many of these dogs have much better dog-social skills (this is at least true for many of the rescue dogs around me as most are in free-range shelters rather then crates/kennels and most came off the street as strays so grew up with ample dogs. This isn't always the case espcially in the US though)

However, adopting an adolescent comes with it's own challenges as you have a full grown dog and more often then not they have had minimal manners/training done so you're having to reverse behaviours rather then lay down purely new ones (as you would a puppy).

I have two rescues snoozin' away at my feet at the moment. One was adopted at 8 months the other at 2 years. They were SO SO SO completely different. The 8 month old was skittish and nervous. Needed to learn everything about living in a human society and still is shy with people. She's a constant work in progress on raising her confidence but we're making lots of progress. The 2 year old walked into our apartment the first day, did a quick sniff around the apartment, then hopped onto the couch for a snooze. He's been SO easy except that he's a very excitable dog. He's very confident and outgoing so with him it's about instilling polite manners and boundaries, while for the other dog it's about encouraging her out of her shell. Polar opposites!!

So no two rescue dogs are alike, but all come with their own histories and learning opportunities. Having now rescued two (both blind rescues as in we met the dog basically when we picked them up based on a 3 sentence description and a photo). We were so lucky that neither have major behavioral issues. BUT when it's time to adopt again (waaaay down the road) I have a much better idea of my list of "wants" and "don't wants" and I will definitely be goign through a rescue where I get a lot more meet-and-greet time with the dogs. Perhaps even a trial. I've been incredibly lucky twice (and the more I read online the more I realize HOW lucky I've been). No point pushing my luck :)
 
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