Why It’s Best to Adopt An Older Dog

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Top Ten Reasons Why It’s Best to Adopt An Older Dog

Top Best Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog Keira, my senior love bug![/caption] I must admit that I have never adopted an older dog. I’ve always been a puppy kinda girl, needing a baby to nurture and watch grow. But now that I have my senior dog I’ve grown to understand the amazing qualities an older, more seasoned dog brings to light. It makes me sad to think that many older dogs don’t get adopted, and I wondered why that is… Older dogs have so many fantastic characteristics. Plus, if she doesn’t mind how old I am, why should I mind how old she is?

Adopt An Older Dog

Adopt an older dogOlder dogs are instant companions and ready to plunge into all the activities you enjoy. They are instantly available for car trips, hiking, and they walk the walk.

 

Top Ten Reasons Why It’s Best to Adopt An Older Dog

     Enjoy time with themselves. They don’t make the same time demands on you that puppies will, and older dogs typically don’t seek constant attention. Score! You both have some much-needed space.    Allow you to get a good night's sleep. Why? Because they typically sleep through the night, don’t need bathroom breaks or nightly comforting. Perfect reason to adopt an older dog!  

Top Ten Reasons Why It’s Best to Adopt An Older Dog

  Are great at giving LOVE. They are so thankful for their second chance at happiness.   Settle in very easily because they already know what it takes to get along with others, and they know what it means to be part of a pack.   Know what “No” means… Let's face it, if they didn’t know what it means, they wouldn’t be an older dog!   Are not teething puppies, thank goodness! You don’t have to worry about your shoes getting chewed up or finding your furniture or carpets shredded. Teething is over and done with, although an older dog will enjoy a bone now and again.  

  Adopt An Older Dog

  Can focus well because they are more relaxed and mellow. Neurologically their brains have completed their wiring.    What you see is what you get. Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their personality. Puppies are ever changing until they are not. And finally…   Are potty trained! Going through housetraining and cleaning up messes is a thing of the past. Your older dog is accomplished! Let's go out and adopt an older dog!  

Top Ten Reasons Why It’s Best to Adopt An Older Dog

Please leave a comment, especially if you can add to this list. Older dogs are amazing friends and just knowing they are the last to get adopted gut-wrenching. Let's get the word out about senior pets!

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  • We thought we would get an older dog when we signed up to rescue but we got a 6 month old, Charlie! Even at 6 months he came potty trained, knowing some basic obedience, sleeping through the night, it rocked! Love seniors so much though and would always be willing to open my heart and home to one.

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  • These are all excellent reasons to adopt an older dog! I like that older dogs are not as hyper as a puppy or a young dog. I also like that many times they’ve had a little bit of basic training sit/stay/lie down. They may be housetrained but any dog you bring home will still need to learn the potty routine; when, where, how the potty schedule will take place in a new environment.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  • Thank you! I often wonder if one of the hesitations people have with adopting an older pet is that you have only a few years to spend with them. It’s hard to say good-bye but I love hearing about Jewel and how happy of a two years she much of had with you!

    Maureen Lake on
  • Yes, I agree with you 100% !

    Maureen Lake on
  • You’re welcome. My next pet will definitely be a rescue, although I consider Rosa a rescue. Long story short, we “bought” her, but from a terrible breeder environment. I honestly don’t think she would of survived much longer if we didn’t find her… She was very malnourished… very sad at the time but we are so happy to have her now!

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