The Benefits of Adopting Senior Dogs
When people go to their local shelter to adopt a dog, many senior dogs are often overlooked because of their age. This can be due to the belief that they are unhealthy, that they have too many problems, or they are simply too old to be adopted. Of course, these are all untrue. There are plenty of senior dogs who are healthy, well-behaved, and just as needy for a good home as any other dog. In fact, there are even some benefits to choosing to adopt an older dog.
Here are five benefits to adopting a senior dog:
- Senior dogs have already been house-trained. No need to spend all those weeks house-training your dog! Most senior dogs have already been house-trained, whereas it can take weeks for a young puppy to become fully house-trained.
- Most senior dogs have already been spayed/neutered and microchipped. While it doesn’t cost much to have your pet spayed or neutered, to have it taken care of already is one less thing you have to worry about. They are also more likely to already be microchipped!
- You’ll already know their personality. While the idea of getting a cute puppy may seem like an attractive idea (because hey, who doesn’t love puppies?), you never know what kind of dog you’ll get once that cute puppy grows up. They could start out as a playful, well-behaved puppy, then become something completely different once they start getting older. Senior dogs, on the other hand, have already finished going through their puppy stages. You’ll already know what your dog is like right off the bat.
- They’re great for lower energy households. If you don’t have the time to handle an energetic puppy, a senior dog can be a great option! They’ll be just as affectionate and lovable with less of the work.
- They require less training. Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks! An older dog is more likely to already know basic commands, like sit, stay, and come. They are also easier to train due to having a better attention span than a puppy, which means less time spent having to train your dog to walk with a leash, teaching them house manners, and so on.
So next time you’re at the shelter looking for a new dog to adopt, make sure to give a senior dog a chance. There are plenty of older dogs in need of a great home!
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