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.
7. WYSIWYG - 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.
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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