5 reasons why you should adopt a Senior Pet
Adoption offers many benefits for both the owner and the pet; the owner has a new loved one to share space while the pet adjusts to the reality that is their new home. But do you adopt a puppy or an older pet? If you are considering adopting from a local shelter, consider an older dog. Most veterinarians consider an older dog a ’senior’ at the age of 7. They offer so much unconditional love that they provide in appreciation of their new home. These 5 reasons will encourage you to adopt a senior pet rather than a puppy or kitten when you’re looking to expand your furry family.
Calm Dogs make great companions
Starting from scratch and raising a puppy, especially if you have a family and full-time jobs to tend to, can get hectic. Puppies take a great deal of time to train, and in the meantime, you better expect to clean up the accidents in the living room or on your favorite chair. With older dogs, they’ve already gotten that excitement out of their system and are ready to get accustomed to their new family. Many older dogs are used to children from their previous home and have a low temperament which means they are more tolerant whereas a puppy needs to be trained, constantly, especially when children are involved.
Easy to be taught
Believe it or not, you can teach an old dog new trick. Older dogs have a longer attention span than puppies, and are just as smart to catch a ball and bring it back.
Old dogs Mean Problems
Somewhere along the line, a theory was developed that if you see an older dog in the shelter, it has issues and that’s why it’s there. Older dogs that end up in shelters have a number of reasons why they are there, and not for temperament issues. Unfortunately, reasons such as new baby, loss of job, sudden allergies, and even the novelty of owning a dog that wears off are all reasons that previous owners turn in their dogs.
Trained and Ready
Again, you will save yourself time and money by adopting an already-trained dog. Older sheltered dogs usually know the basic commands such as ‘sit’ or ‘stay’ or ‘no’, so there is no need to start from scratch. As they get accustomed to their new surroundings, they’ll still remain obedient.
Older dogs are simple and require little to no training that make them excellent companions. Puppies require a great deal of training to direct their attention back to what you would like them to focus on. Older dogs aren’t always in the mood to play so they are perfect for cuddling, long walks, and even a park date.
If you’re in search for that perfect dog for your family but you’re not sure if want to invest a great deal of time into a puppy, older dogs are a perfect introduction. November is Adopt-a-Dog month so get in touch with your local agency today and then take him to your trusted groomer for specials in celebration of your new best friend.