09/28/2012 05:35 pm ET

Take An Older Dog Home With You From The Denver Dumb Friends League (PHOTOS)

Puppies are a blast but let's face it, they're not for everyone.

You may dread the potty-training phase (hey, it's getting colder outside!) and just the idea of having to keep them from gnawing on your living room sofa may give you a headache. Or perhaps you have small children and worry about the puppy nipping phase.

In both cases, an older dog may be exactly what you're looking for. Many are already trained to walk on a leash, potty-trained, get along with children, have calmer dispositions and are just looking for a good home with good people to share their days with.

Check out our picks of mature adoptable dogs this week:

Adoptable Older Dogs