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When many people adopt a dog, they only look for the youngest dogs. Most families want a dog that they can spend a long time with. This is understandable, especially since I know that’s how Molly felt about me.
However, there are so many senior dogs out there that have a hard time finding a forever home. Many of them have been through a lot, so there are lots of reasons to consider adopting a senior dog over a younger pup.
You Could Save Their Life
As dramatic as it might sound, you could actually be a hero to a senior dog. Many of them might be close to being euthanized to save space at the shelter or else they might just be stuck at the shelter for the rest of their life. By adopting them, you are giving them a new life and a reason to be happy again, which can be an incredible feeling for both of you.
They are Usually Already Trained
If you adopt a puppy or younger dog, then there is a lot of training that typically goes into it. Oftentimes, you’ll be starting from scratch, which can be frustrating if you’re not patient. However, with older dogs, they’ve already had a long life, so it’s likely that they know a lot of basic manners and commands. Also, despite popular belief, you actually can teach an old dog new tricks if needed.
They are Generally More Easygoing
While young dogs are active and love to run around, senior dogs will typically be just fine with napping all day. Therefore, they are more independent and won’t require long walks or excessive exercise. If you want to just sit around during your free time, they are the perfect companion to relax with you.
They Have a Lot of Love to Give
Just like all dogs, senior dogs want to be loved. They need a place to call home and once they find it, they will likely adjust to it much faster than a young puppy would. They will fall in love with you and become a member of your family in no time.
Their Personality is Already Known
Young dogs have plenty of opportunities to grow and change. However, with a senior dog, what you see is usually what you get. There are not as many uncertainties or concerns that could arise. The shelter or rescue that you adopt them from will be able to tell you what their personality is like and what you can expect. Therefore, with an older dog, you can be certain that you are adopting the perfect companion for you.
They Don’t Usually Need as Much Attention
Younger dogs are much more needy than older ones. They require constant attention and they get sad if you focus on something that isn’t them. However, senior dogs don’t need to be played with all the time, and if you need to leave the house now and then, they will just take a nap. They are much easier to care for overall.
They Need a Home Just as Much as Other Dogs
Every dog deserves a home, not just the young ones. Older dogs have often been through harder times, so they need a home more than ever. When searching for a dog to adopt, don’t overlook any of them simply based on their age. All the rescues are just sweet dogs that are looking for a forever family to love them.
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9 thoughts on “Reasons to Consider Adopting a Senior Dog”
Very Nice post. I know cute little puppies are usually the ones to be adopted out first, so that does make it hard for older dogs to get noticed at the shelters. I really like the idea of getting a dog that is already potty trained and sleeps all night. (From Dachshund Station)
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A lovely read. Fabulous for promoting rescue which is so important.
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Thank you for speaking up for our senior dog population. Having adopted an older dog in the past, I can attest that they are so much easier to deal with then a puppy or even a younger dog. Our adopted older dog was fully housetrained and had wonderful doggy manners.
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I so agree with you and I only rescue, no buying in my house. I rescued Layla when she was about 5 years old so that we could grow old together. I will not rescue younger as they are normally the first ones to be adopted.