Older dogs can be a hand full. They require a lot of attention, medical care, and many require a daily dose of costly vitamins. Older pet’s vet bills can be very expensive and many come with stubborn behavioral issues. So why adopt an older dog?
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Although these things seem like great tasks to take on, owning an older dog can be an extremely rewarding experience and a lot of fun. Here’s why:
- Senior dogs aren’t adopted as often
Most people searching for dogs are in the market for puppies or animals under the age of two. Senior dogs are often unnoticed and underappreciated. They also might not be as excited and eager to meet new people so people aren’t as excited to meet them.
- Older dogs don’t always have issues
Just because an older dog doesn’t have a home, doesn’t mean he is dangerous. Talk to the shelter employees and give every dog a chance to prove one self. Senior dogs lose their homes for a great variety of reasons, usually having nothing to do with who they are.
- Older dogs usually come trained
According to Ceasar’s way, “Most older dogs are potty-trained and have mastered the basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “down.” Adopting an already-trained dog will save you a lot of time and energy that you’d normally have to dedicate towards training a young dog.
- Older dogs are perfect for older people
Although it may seem your parents or grandparents don’t want to care for another living animal again, older dogs are perfect for older people. They are often calm, well trained, extremely lovable and grateful to have a new home. They are also ideal life partners for elderly people living alone.
- Older dog’s are calmer
Luckily older dogs do not like to chew on things. Why? Senior dogs have all of their adult teeth. Therefore, the teething stage is long gone! If you’re very specific with keeping a well managed, clean household, a senior dog is perfect for you.
- You’re saving a life
Many senior dogs living in animal shelters die earlier in kill shelters. Many shelters are overcrowded and older dogs are often first to be euthanized especially if they’ve been at the shelter for a long period of time. If you adopt an older dog you are preventing it from being put down.
- Senior Dogs love to cuddle
That’s right. What is better than a calm cuddly dog? Absolutely nothing. If your main priorities are drinking wine on the couch and reading books on a cold winter days, get a senior dog! They’ll be lying right next to you and keeping you company at the same time!
- Senior Dogs are Great with Children
Senior dogs are often phenomenal service dogs for this reason: They’re great with children. Older dogs have endless amounts of patients and kindness. They’re also typically gentle, loving and caring. They’re basically the greatest grandparent you could ever ask for.
So what are you waiting for? Go get a senior dog right now!