Although puppies are extremely adorable, senior dogs are also very sweet and easily lovable. It is increasingly difficult for animal shelters to find homes for older dogs — a sad reality because they make for excellent pets. Some people have the misconception that because they are in shelters, there must be something wrong with them. But most of the time, it’s a case of the owner passing away, moving into a care facility, or a family no longer beeing able to afford to taking care of them. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider adopting a senior dog.
1. They're already well-trained.
A senior dog has already mastered basic commands such as “come,” “sit,” “down,” and “stay.” This will automatically save you a lot of energy as well as time that you would otherwise have dedicated to training a puppy.
2. You could be saving their life.
Once shelters get overcrowded, senior dogs are the ones that get euthanized first. When you adopt a dog, you will not only provide it with a home, but you could also be saving it from being put down.
3. You'll have a new companion.
If you’re looking for a companion to accompany you on long walks, senior dogs are the best because they don't require leash training. At the park, you can play and enjoy a game of fetch. They also make for great workout companions and sweet snuggle buddies.
4. You'll know what you're getting.
It’s a guarantee that the dog you bring home today won't change in size. When puppies grow, their size, coat, and color all change — but that's not the case with senior dogs.
5. Skip teething.
At this stage, puppies will chew on anything they come across in your home — and that's no fun at all. With a senior dog, you will never have to learn the displeasures.
6. Fewer vet costs.
A puppy incurs higher vet bills compared to a senior dog. You'll have to pay for multiple rounds of neutering and vaccinations with a puppy. However, a senior dog comes sterilized and vaccinated already.
7. It's calmer.
All dogs love to run around, but a senior dog is calmer and easier to deal with than young and hyper puppies.
8. They are less work.
A puppy will require supervised care round the clock until it gets used to a routine. You will need to put your life on hold and give it undivided attention for a while — all the more reason you should go for a senior dog. Yes, he or she will require love and care too, but you will be more time for yourself with fewer disruptions to your routine.
9. They're great if you’ve never had a dog before.
Senior dogs are best for first-time pet owners. Don’t know where to adopt a dog? Just Google a pet adoption agency near you. When you adopt a pet, it is an enormous investment of both money and time. According to PetFinder.com, a senior dog is independent and reliable, and will give newbies time to process and be able to handle the huge commitment. As long as you invest and feed them with the best senior dog food, you can expect no hiccups.
10. They are grateful.
At the pet adoption agency, the older pets seem to understand that their chances of getting adopted are slim. Therefore, when you adopt one, they become grateful for having another loving home. They form a bond with the family almost instantly.
This article was originally written by Sophia Clarke. For more, check out our sister site, Yours.