Why Adopting A Senior Dog May Be Better
A senior dog, according to veterinarians, is any dog older than 7 years old. For many dogs, especially smaller breeds, 7 years old is not even considered as their prime. Even so, they are fully grown, and many people looking to adopt may assume there is something wrong with them, or find them less compelling than a cute puppy.
Puppies are full of surprises as they grow up, and that includes personality quirks or medical issues you didn’t plan for. When adopting a senior dog, many of these issues have already come to light and are part of the dog’s adoption story. You can make a highly informed decision whether or not the dog is a match for you, your lifestyle and your wallet.
1. You can teach old dogs new tricks
Adult dogs can focus on the task at hand, unlike many of their much younger counterparts. If your older pet needs to learn a few things in her new life with you, you definitely don’t have to worry. Enroll her in an obedience class, contact a trainer, or go the do-it-yourself route. Older dogs are more attentive than puppies, and more eager to please their humans.
2. Senior pets are great company for senior citizens
Many elderly people find the calm presence of an older pet very comforting. They appreciate having a companion who is also ‘getting up there’ in age, don’t mind hearing the same stories again and again, and is content to move through life at a slower speed.
3. Senior pets are less destructive
Older adoptive pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase. You don’t need to worry so much about finding your favourite pair of shoes or a table leg chewed beyond recognition. Chances are your senior kitty has no urge to overturn your potted plant or shred the handmade quilt your grandma gave you.
4. Older dogs are more well-mannered
Unlike puppies, many grown-up dogs have spent years living with a family and being socialized to life with humans. They may have received obedience training and respond to commands like Sit, Stay, and Down.
5. Adopted senior pets may be more grateful
Somehow, older pets seem to know you gave them a home when no one else would. Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat, because the pet shows them a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animals.