10 Great Reasons to
Adopt a Senior Dog

Thinking about adopting a new dog? Why not adopt a Senior dog? Below are just a few reasons why they make great pets too - puppies don't have to be your only choice.

Adopt a Senior Dog


1. Housetrained -

Older dogs are often house-trained. You won't have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners, and mopping or cleaning up after accidents.2. Won't chew inappropriate items - Older dogs are not teething puppies and won't feel the need to chew your shoes and furniture while growing up. 3. Focus to learn - Older dogs can focus much better because they've mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.

4. Know what "no" means - Older dogs have learned what "no" means. If they hadn't learned it by now, they wouldn't have gotten to be "older" dogs.

5. Settle in with the "pack" - Older dogs usually settle in easily, because they've learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.

6. Good at giving love -
Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are ever so grateful for the second chance they've been given.

What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have already grown into their adult shape and personality.

Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.

8. Instant companions - Older dogs are instant companions, ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do. A great reason to adopt a senior dog.

9. Time for yourself - Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don't make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs often do.

10. A good night's sleep - Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they're accustomed to human schedules and don't generally need night time feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

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Helping animals by adopting a senior dog is an act of compassion. As dogs get older they tend to have an increasingly hard time finding an adoptive family. If you're looking for a senior purebred dog, don't forget to check with rescue groups and breeders as well.

Choosing an older rescue dog over a puppy that you buy will not solve the pet overpopulation problem but it does give many of those older animals a chance they otherwise would not have had. Beyond doing your "good deed"for the day, adopting a senior dog can be the best decision as well. Adopt a Senior Dog and you will have a companion that will love you the rest of it's life!

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"The reason a dog has so many friends, is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue" - Anonymous