Reasons to Adopt An Older Dog

Reasons to Adopt An Older Dog

Why an older dog might be better suited for your lifestyle.

We get why people would want to foster or adopt a puppy over an older dog. They’re cute, fluffy, playful, and mischievous-in the best possible way. But there are also some cons to owning a puppy over an older dog- they’re expensive, usually not housebroken, and can be tiresome with their endless energy. Because of this, it might be better suited for you to get an older dog rather than a puppy. Check out the reasons below to see if an older, or “senior” dog could work best for you.

1. Training

Despite the fact that many dogs may have become homeless and given to a shelter by circumstance (such as death of an owner, changes in schedule, or a new baby), that doesn’t mean they haven’t been trained. On the contrary, older dogs up for adoption are more likely to have been trained by previous attentive owners. This is ideal because it puts less work on its new owners. There’s now no reason to take extra time out to leash train, potty train, or teach them commands or tricks. All the work will have been done for you!

2. No chewing!

Puppies tend to go through a teething stage until they’re 1 or 2 years old. Just like children, puppies quickly go through a set of baby teeth and by the time they’re 4 months old, their adult teeth should start coming in. This can be rather painful for a puppy, which will make him want to chew on any and everything he can get his hands on. This can be quite annoying for puppy owners, which is all more reason to choose an older dog for adoption. Their adult teeth have come in years ago, so there’s no chance you’ll come home to a chewed up house!

3. More sleep

Because they’ve been socialized longer, senior dogs are already used to the idea of a schedule. Puppies are extremely playful, and until they get used to the idea of when to play and when to sleep, you might be woken up at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. for a game of catch. Older dogs have grown out of this and have learned to sleep when you do. Activities like feeding, playtime, and walks or bathroom breaks take place during the day only.

4. Good For the Heart

A senior dog will have been uprooted from their familiar lifestyle and may be confused about their new home and owner once adopted. They may even go through a mourning process for their old life. The good news is that older dogs who have been adopted are still able to create a deep bond with their new owner which will last a lifetime. It gives them a chance that they may otherwise would not have gotten over a younger  puppy. Consider adopting an older dog. You get to rescue a dog and get a devoted friend for life!

For information about adopting an older dog, contact the Texas Alliance for Homeless Pets today.

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