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11 Good Reasons To Adopt An Older Dog

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Many people typically fancy puppies when they think of adopting a dog. But for some prospective pet owners, older dogs are a better choice. Research has shown many benefits of adding a pet to your family but have you considered the idea of adopting an older dog? This can be an excellent solution if you are a newcomer with a busy schedule or don’t fancy the idea of raising the canine from a pup. Below are a few good reasons to consider adopting an older dog. 

  1. Senior dogs behave better than younger puppies

Canines with calmer temperaments frequently have greater manners than more exuberant, younger dogs. Unlike the younger dog, an older adult dog may give the delivery truck that just parked near your driveway a sidelong glance rather than leaping off the couch and barking. Dogs gain more knowledge and become calmer with age. At the adult age, they often have the advantage of already being socialized with other pets and humans, which means they are more likely to have pleasant future relationships. Older dogs may certainly have house training, which should help them be more well-mannered.

  1. Senior dogs need homes, too.

Potential adopters usually overlook older dogs for puppies and younger adult canines. As such, many adult dogs find themselves sitting at the shelter through no fault of theirs. They usually are as loyal and affectionate as the younger dogs. The only thing needed is an opportunity to show their loving nature. Since older adult dogs in animal shelters end up euthanized when the facilities get crowded, you can save a life by bringing one home. Adopting an older dog is like giving them a second chance at life, and nothing is more loving and heroic than this. You can also show off your heroism and uniqueness by using specialty plates to support the pet community. 

  1. Older dogs are great for your young kids

Adopting a senior dog is a good idea if you have younger children. Older dogs are generally more patient with children. Puppies and younger dogs can be rowdy and rough sometimes during playtime. Aside from being protective of kids, old dogs may have lived with children before, so they should have no trouble adapting. However, note that not every dog gets along with children, especially senior dogs that haven’t lived with young kids. So how can you tell if the older dog would fit into your family? Find out if they have any experience with children and ask about their past owners too. This can give you an idea of whether the older dog will socialize well with your children. 

  1. Your household items are safer with older dogs

It is normal for puppies and young adult canines to chew while exploring new environments and surroundings. Like newborn babies, teething puppies and young adult canines chew to ease the pain of growing adult teeth. The good news is that you won’t have to deal with this in older dogs since they are likely housebroken and doggie mannered. Even when they lack full training, senior dogs’ mental and physical abilities make them faster learners than puppies. Therefore, your sofa, shoes, socks, and other household items are much safer from destructive chewers. 

  1. With an older dog, you know what you are getting

What is your favorite family-friendly dog breed? Is it the golden retriever, poodle, beagle, or border collie? Even if you can’t find or afford the puppy, there could be one sitting in the local shelter eagerly looking forward to meeting you. At least with the older dog, you know the kind of behavior you should expect, which can make the transition much smoother. For a young dog or pup, it is more like rolling a die since their personality is not fully developed, so you can’t be sure what you are getting into. Adopting an older dog is also an additional advantage since you will have their medical history. And visits to the vet will be less frequent compared to a younger dog that may require frequent vaccination. 

  1. Good night’s sleep to everyone 

Older dogs usually sleep more than their younger counterparts. An older dog can sleep up to 18-20 hours daily. Adopting an older dog can allow you to sleep well at night since they are adapted to human routines and may not require comforting overnight feeding, or toilet breaks. 

  1. Older dogs can form deep connections with you

You can form a deep connection with an older dog just as you do a puppy. Older dogs usually know you have come to their rescue when you show up for them and may instantly feel you are an amazing person. As a result, they are ready to appreciate and love you for making them a part of your life. The bond becomes more evident when you realize your new older dog wants to be in your company every time. They are always ready for an unplanned love and cuddle time with you. 

  1. Older dogs can be more receptive to new tricks

The natural awareness of senior dogs makes them more receptive to new training. Since they may already have some previous training on simple commands such as sit and stay, it becomes easier to train with new tricks. You are lucky if the older dog also has been leash-trained, as they can be more receptive to new commands more quickly. Your dog will focus more on your actions since you already share a good connection. 

  1. Senior dogs are excellent companions for human seniors

A senior dog is an excellent choice if you live with an older family member or are considering buying an older dog for a senior. They make excellent friends for elderly people. They will not only look out for the human seniors when necessary but also act as nice buddies because they are in the same stage of aging. Many seniors spend much of the day at home or have a more relaxed schedule, giving them more time to spend with their closest friends. While appropriate furry pals may be found in just about any breed, size, or age, adopting an older dog that is calm and previously trained is a favored option for senior pet owners.

  1. Lower energy and fewer exercise needs

A senior dog’s exercise needs could be considerably less based on the lifestyle. While older dogs have shown to be much calmer compared to their younger versions, a good dose of daily exercise is good to keep them healthy. Regular walks and interaction can be good for their mental and physical health. A younger canine may require some off-leash time or runs, unlike the senior, who would be happy with a simple stroll around the neighborhood. But before you take your senior dog through exercise, vary it based on their particular health and conditions. Keep an eye on any signs your dog may display to learn whether they are tired or fancy shorter runs. 

  1. Make every day special

You can’t expect your old dog to have the same or longer lifespan as a puppy. But this doesn’t make each day spent with the older dog any less special. It isn’t about how long you spend with your pet friend but the quality of the days. So make each day worth something to you and your senior canine. Quality always trumps quantity. 

These reasons should be enough motivation for you to find an older dog to be the newest member of your family. You will enjoy that decision.

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