When it comes to adopting dogs, there is often a mad dash to obtain puppies—just like any other search for furry companions. We’re here to discuss why adopting an older or senior dog is actually a rather good idea.
For a dog to be considered to be an older dog, they generally have to be over seven years of age. In a world as unforgiving as ours, we generally look toward younger generations in order to enjoy their youth and their exuberance. There is very little thought that is given toward the older set of dogs that find their way to a dog shelter.
These dogs are often ones that have been abandoned by previous owners or have been rescued because of maltreatment. If you’re not quite sure what would be so good about them, allow us to give you a few good reasons:
They Follow Your Schedule
Older dogs are a bit more settled in their routines and can adjust fairly well towards new situations. Puppies and younger dogs tend to have rather erratic schedules and it will be the owner who will have to adjust.
After all, puppies don’t know any better, right? An older dog would be more than happy to follow whatever your schedule is. They don’t particularly demand that you go out to exercise with them and if you’re more inclined towards settling in for a nap, they’ll be happy to follow you.
They Make Good Companions
Older dogs are often touted for their ability to be stalwart companions. Many have expressed that sometimes you can see a depth of understanding in the eyes of an old dog. They tend to weather ups and down pretty well and often maintain a good nature while they’re at it as well.
Dogs which have years on them do know about loneliness and seeks to assuage theirs through your company. So they’re a pretty good match when it comes to needing and obtaining companionship.
You Can Save a Life & Make Them Happier
While there are shelters that try their hardest to be no-kill ones, there are those that aren’t at all opposed to the idea (like PETA). Since the general desire of people who are looking to adopt animals would be to go for younger dogs or full on puppies, there are a lot of older dogs that are ignored. If you adopt a senior dog, you could quite literally be saving their lives.
Senior dogs are also most likely to suffer from depression. You’d know when a dog is feeling under the weather. They will have changes in their appetite (loss of interest in food). They will be sleeping most of the time and don’t have an interest in things that you’d think a dog would be excited over.
Another sign is excessive chewing, biting and licking of body parts. This is painful for them! Aside from giving them all the hugs in the world, it’s a good idea to give them chew treats. We recommend treats from Pawstruck – bully sticks in particular. These chew treats are well-loved by dogs everywhere and would most likely perk your furkid up!
So as you can see, there are a plethora of good reasons why adopting an older dog would be a good idea. There are several of us that embraced this truth and are now reaping the rewards for it. What are your thoughts about adopting older dogs? Is this something that you may consider doing yourself?