Most adult Labradors will easily adjust to a new home, especially if they previously were one of several Labradors or other dogs, and will be adopted as an only dog. It is every Labrador's goal to be top dog and the center of attention.
Adults assimilate more slowly than puppies because they have life experiences and familiar routines that may change in their new home and which will require them to adjust their habits and expectations.
nine years old
Try to learn as much as possible about these routines. When does the dog eat? And what has its diet been like? When does it go outside in the yard? When does it go for walks? Where does it sleep? Has it been allowed on the chairs? Has it been able to go outside whenever it wishes (doggy door), or does it ask to go outside to potty? Even a dog that is housetrained may have an accident in its new home if it cannot remember where is the door and how to get outside.
Older dogs come "as is", so try to learn as much as possible about the dog's health history, its training, and its habits before you agree to adopt.
Prospective owners may resist adopting a geriatric Labrador because of the perceived shorter life expectancy and health issues, but many older dogs have been healthy all their lives. These are the kindly, sensible, low key and friendly dogs that have given Labradors their wonderful reputation as family pets, therapy, guide and assistance dogs.