You Should Adopt a Senior Dog. Here’s Why:
(Featured image: PetsGo walker with our client Remy the Golden Retriever)
There’s nothing like the love of a pet.
Whether a dog is a puppy or in his or her golden years, the amount of affection and unconditional adoration you will receive doesn’t change.
November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month.
If you’re thinking about adopting, here are some reasons why you should consider a senior dog.
Enjoy the calm
A senior dog will generally be much calmer than a puppy. Fido will happily lay at your feet while you binge watch your favourite t.v. show and enjoy cuddling on the couch as long as you’d like.
Older dogs can still be quite active of course, but overall, they have a much more restful temperament.
Senior dogs know their stuff! In general, they typically understand most basic commands so there’s no need to train for that.
Want to train your new senior dog? Don’t fret. Just because a dog is older doesn’t mean they can’t learn new tricks. Just like people, dogs can learn new skills at any point in time.
So if you’re looking to adopt a four-legged friend but are weary about around-the-clock training, this might be the option for you.
Less time commitment
A dog in its golden years will typically need less of a time commitment than a young pup.
You won’t need to take your dog out to the dog park for hours on end. The constant cleanup that happens when you have a puppy won’t be an issue. Plus, as mentioned above, there is less of a demand when it comes to training. This means more free time to spend just hanging out with Fido!
Saving a life
All dogs deserve to be saved. In high-kill shelters, senior dogs are often the ones to be put down first.
A dog is considered “senior” at about 5-7 years of age, depending on the breed.
How long a dog can live depends on a variety of factors including the quality of home care and whether they are spayed/neutered.
Some dog breeds have a lifespan of up to 15-20 years! Don’t discount an older dog just because of its age.
Many senior dogs are in shelters through absolutely no fault of their own. A death in the family, breakup, moving-these are all reasons why some people decide to give up their dogs.
If you decide to adopt a senior dog, know that you’ve done an amazing act of kindness in giving an animal a loving home and family. The time you spend with Fido will be so appreciated and cherished, whether that’s a few years or a decade.
We hope this list of reasons opens your eyes to the beauty of adopting a senior dog.