Reasons Why You Should Adopt A Senior Dog
By: Jeff Noce, Voyce President
Senior dogs. Everyone loves them. They’re gentle, calm and oh-so-devoted. Yet despite their amazing qualities, they’re also some of the most difficult animals to find homes for, according to a survey conducted by Petfinder.
That’s why November has been designated “Adopt a Senior Pet Month” – to dispel some of the myths about senior pets and to encourage adoptions. So if you’re thinking about adding a dog to your family soon, don’t overlook the seniors. They might just be a perfect fit! Here are some great reasons why:
More likely to be housetrained
Potty training is one of the most necessary but least enjoyable parts of having a dog. It takes a lot of effort and patience to teach your pup where it’s okay to go and where it’s not. But many senior dogs have already spent years learning the routine. All it may take is a quick refresher course to put housetraining behind you.
Calmer and less destructive
Young dogs, like young children, have tons of energy. They love to explore and play, and need lots of attention and supervision. While many older dogs still enjoy playing, they have also learned the fine art of couch surfing. Instead of chewing on your shoes, they’d much rather curl up next to you and watch a good movie.
May have some built-in training
Adopting an older dog may keep you from starting from scratch when it comes to training. Many at least know foundational commands like “sit,” “come” and “down.” With the basics out of the way, you have more time to teach them new skills. (And yes, an old dog can learn new tricks!)
Still have plenty of life left
Depending on their size and breed, dogs are generally considered “senior” anywhere from 6 to 13 years old. But just because they’re a senior doesn’t necessarily mean they’re old. Unlike humans, they have no concept of the passing years, so many are still up for hikes, travel and games of fetch.
Can be just as healthy as young dogs
Some people are reluctant to adopt seniors because they assume that they’ll automatically come with health issues. While it’s true that dogs, like humans, can develop certain aches, pains and conditions as they age, many are still as healthy as they ever were. Of course, it’s always good to get a thorough annual check-up before adoption. And the Voyce Health Monitor can be a great tool to help owners stay on top of their dog’s health, no matter how old they are.
Strong ability to bond
Most senior dogs have spent their lives in the company of humans. Many even had wonderful homes before finding themselves in the shelter. This means that they naturally seek out human companionship and will bond quickly and strongly with their new families.
Terrific for seniors and first-time owners
There’s no denying it. Puppies and young adult dogs are a lot of fun. But they can also be challenging for certain types of owners. Because of all the qualities mentioned above, more mature dogs are a great choice for senior citizens and less experienced dog parents.
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