The Perks of Adopting a Senior Dog
Adopting a senior dog comes with some pretty cool perks.
Senior dogs are often forgotten about or traded in for a younger and “cuter” household member. Euthanasia rates for senior pets in shelters are significantly higher than that of younger dogs and cats, as our older furry friends are often looked over. Many adoptable senior dogs are looking for a home through no fault of their own – oftentimes they find themselves without a home because of a death in the family, divorce, or for financial reasons.
When you think about welcoming a new dog into your family, you probably envision a new puppy or younger dog (I mean – who doesn’t love looking at pictures of adorable puppies?!). And, you’re not alone. Younger dogs and puppies have a 60% adoption rate compared to the 25% rate of seniors in shelters.
So, why adopt a senior dog? Here are a few of the top reasons why senior pets are the top dog.
1. Senior dogs are usually less work than puppies
Unlike puppies who require constant supervision and monitoring, senior dogs are typically more independent and self-sufficient. You can continue your typical daily routine or work schedule without having to worry about a potty break every hour or so. Most senior dogs are just grateful for a cozy place to curl up and nap the day away.
Additionally, many senior dogs are already housebroken, which means you don’t have to waste time potty training. Lots of senior dogs also have some sort of basic training, which means you don’t have to start at square one with your obedience lessons.
2. You’ll already know about size, personality, and medical history
Because senior dogs are already established in their ways, what you see is oftentimes what you get. You don’t have to worry about surprise personality quirks (besides the expectations of the usual adjustment period – more on that here). They also will stay true to size, so you don’t have to worry about a last-minute growth spurt. You might also have a better understanding of their medical history and any special medical needs they might require.
3. They’re just as fun and full of love
Just because seniors are older doesn’t mean they don’t still like to have fun! Walks, runs, and hikes are still options with an older dog (make sure to consult with your vet about what type of activity is right for your senior pup). Senior dogs still play with the best of them, but oftentimes have a more predictable play schedule and can wind down more quickly.
Senior dogs certainly don’t lack heart. They are forever grateful to those who took a second chance on them and will make sure you know it! Puppy dog eyes have nothing on the eyes of a senior dog who was just given a new lease on life.
It may be difficult to change the entire world, but by opening your heart to a senior pet in need, you’ll change their world forever.