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5 Reasons To Adopt A Senior Dog

 by michelle on 14 Jun 2014 |
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Senior dogs shouldn't have to live out their golden years in a shelter. Here are 5 reasons to consider adopting an older dog, besides that they're just as cute as younger ones!

1. You know what you're getting. 
If you're not into surprises, adopting an older dog could be for you. From the start you'll know the important things such as full grown size, temperament, and grooming requirements. This information will make it easier for you to choose the right dog for you and your lifestyle. 

2. You may save a life.
The term "senior dog" usually applies to any pooch over the age of 7. Even though small dogs mature much slower than larger ones, in general dogs over the age of 5 simply get overlooked in a shelter environment. Shelters are overcrowded and older dogs will be among the first to be euthanized if they're not adopted in a timely manner. 

3. You can teach an old dog new tricks.
Despite the old saying, a dog can be trained at any age. Many senior dogs already come trained, or at least know some basic commands like sit and stay. If not, older dogs are calmer and have a much better attention span than puppies making them easier to train.
4. Less mess.
A senior dog doesn't require the same amount of monitoring that a puppy does. It's likely they are already house-trained, and they have all their adult teeth so they won't be chewing up your furniture. This dog knows what it's like to live in a home and will settle in quickly. 

5. Older dogs need homes just as much a younger ones. 
In many cases, when an older dog ends up at a shelter it's not because of reasons related to behavior. Death of a guardian, allergies, loss of a job, and other lifestyle changes are all common reasons for an owner to surrender their dog. These dogs already know what it's like to be loved by someone, and will make a loyal and caring companion instantly. 


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