Mom’s first dog (all on her own). He was 11 years old when she adopted him, had no teeth, and was completely deaf. Yet he was an amazing dog! He hardly had any issues (small bladder but easily used a dog door) and was just grateful for a warm bed, food, and a person to love him the rest of his years.
It’s true, older dogs might have a few more health issues, but they might not! There are so many more positive reasons to adopt an older dog, check out some of those reasons here:
- When senior pets are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.
- A senior pet’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
- You can teach an old dog (or cat or other pet) new tricks (I do every day with my own cats!): Senior pets have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.
- Older dogs are housetrained. You won’t have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping/cleaning up after accidents.
- Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won’t chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.
- Older dogs can focus well because they’ve mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.
- Older dogs have learned what “no” means. If they hadn’t learned it, they wouldn’t have gotten to be “older” dogs.
- Older dogs settle in easily, because they’ve learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.