When you are thinking about adopting or rescuing a dog from your shelter, don’t look past the more senior dogs as there are many benefits of adopting an older dog.
Many older dogs were once owned and loved by someone and for whatever reason, were given up to a shelter. Older dogs need a second chance just as much as younger dogs and puppies do.
Older dogs can make great pets for a number of reasons, here are 10 benefits of adopting an older dog:
Many adult dogs have spent many years living with a family and may have been socialised with other animals. They have also been socialised to life with humans;
Some older dogs who were previously living with animals have received obedience training and will respond to many commands such as sit and stay;
Most older dogs are past the seek and destroy stage;
Older dogs have been toilet trained;
If there is a certain breed of dog that you favour, chances are there is a breed rescue club that can typically point you in the right direction of older dogs that need a home;
Many elderly people may find the calm presence of some older dogs very comforting. They appreciate a dog who is content to move through their life at a slower pace;
Senior dogs are not full of wild energy;
Adopting a more senior dog may save its life. People are quick to adopt puppies and younger dogs, without giving the older dogs a second glance. By adopting a senior dog, you are not only saving a life, you are also providing it with a better life;
Older dogs can make instant and loyal companions;
Without exception, you will feel a sense of pride and a sense of purpose in adopting a dog that is very in need of a loving home. Doing a good endeavour really does make you feel good!