7 Golden Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog

There are perks to adopting an older dog; here are just a few reasons why.

Just like wine and cheese, dogs get better with age. However, some people only want a dog while it’s still young. Once the puppy grows up, they’d much rather start over again with a new pooch. That’s why many loyal, loving and healthy senior dogs end up at a shelter. It’s not their fault, so why should they have to wait for a forever home and family to love them just as they are?

Along with this fact, there is an array of reasons why you should consider adopting a senior dog. There are way too many to list here, so we’re just going to focus on the top seven.

Senior dogs deserve to live the rest of their lives in a loving, caring home

They may have been dumped by an unappreciative owner, have had hard lives or been the victims of an unplanned event (like a move or a death), all circumstances that had nothing to do with them. But older dogs should be able to spend their final years with a family or person that will make them happy and comfortable.

Older dogs love the laid-back life

The golden years are meant to be spent relaxing on the couch. There’s not as much pent-up energy in an older dog, which means there are fewer early morning, hour-long walks. He’ll just want to chill on the couch and keep you company.

No puppy-related hazards or messes to deal with

You’ll find fewer messes to step in with an older dog. On top of that, older dogs are less likely to chew on things they’re not supposed to; they’ve already worked the destructive chewing behavior out of their systems. So go buy that new, expensive pair of designer shoes. They won’t be your dog’s chew toys.

Lifespan commitment

For people who don’t know where they’ll end up in a few years, an older dog is a wonderful way to get a doggy fix without the 15 year commitment. If you’re elderly or don’t want to be tied down for too long, a senior dog will fit into your life plans.

Older dogs fit into a household faster than a younger dog

Seniors know the drill. They already know how to belong to a pack and will roll with what the rest of the family is doing.

Old dogs can learn new tricks

Forget the old adage, it’s just not true. Dogs learn good habits and new tricks throughout their lifetime. Keep your dog’s mind sharp and his body in shape by teaching him new tricks and commands.

Older dogs are easier to train

In conjunction with our sixth reason is the fact that older dogs are much easier to train. That’s because they’re much more focused and calm than a puppy. And they probably come equipped with many years of previous training experience, so they will be able to pick up what you’re saying and do what you want.

Meet the Author: Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic is the Editor of Petguide.com, the flagship site to over 70 different pet communities, which offers pet parents a one-stop-info-shop for all things dog and cat related. Amy's been with PetGuide since the beginning, guided by the wisdom of her Shih Tzu mix and furry roommate, Oscar. Together, this pet power couple has their paw on the pulse of the pet industry, sniffing out trends, advice, news, tasty treat recipes and other tail-wagging stories.

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