Senior dogs are often overlooked by adopters and rescues. But, those who decide they’d like to adopt an older dog find them to be genuine companions and get much joy in owning an adult dog. Older dogs tend to adapt quicker, they are most likely already housebroken and seem to have better manners than younger dogs or puppies.
Dogs older than 7 years old fall into the senior dog category. Depending on the dog’s breed, they could live for many years after that.
If you choose to adopt a senior dog, you can look forward to several benefits. Here are five big ones:
5. Senior Pets Need Less Training
According to the ASPCA, senior pets don’t require the constant monitoring and training that puppies and kittens do, and many are already housetrained.
4. Senior Pets Are Easier To Prepare For
As the Animal Foundation reports, adopting an older dog gives pet parents the advantage of knowing from the start important things like their pet’s full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements. This can make it easier for new or particular parents to pick the right pet.
3. Senior Dogs Have Calmer Temperaments
Dogs with calmer temperaments will often have better manners than youthful, more excitable dogs, How I met My Dog reports. When the mail truck rolls up, an older adult dog may give it a sideways glance, rather than jump off the couch barking at the new intruder. Older dogs often have the benefit of being socialized previously with both other dogs and with other humans, making them more likely to have positive interactions in the future.
2. Senior Dogs Make Great Friends
Older animals already have their routines and while they still love to play, they love to relax, cuddle and nap as well, Pets for Patriots reports. They are emotionally mature and more mellow than younger pets, and although they require exercise like any pet, it does not need to be as frequent or vigorous as with a younger animal.
1. Senior Dogs Have More Love to Give
The sad fact is, older dogs get adopted at a much lower rate than younger dogs. According to the ASPCA, they spend on average up to times as long as a younger dog in shelters.
When you adopt an older dog from the shelter, you will be changing a dog’s life. The love you give to this dog is a love it would never have otherwise known. The same goes for the love this dog will return to you.
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