Give A Retirement Home To An Aging Dog
Many people stick with cute, hyperactive puppies when they start considering adopting a dog. What many people fail to appreciate, though, is that senior dogs can be much easier and much more rewarding to take care of. True, they don’t stay with you that long, but they are not as much of a training problem that a puppy will be.
Why People Don’t Usually Adopt Senior Dogs
There are many misconceptions about adopting older dogs. Besides their shorter life span, older dogs are considered potential financial burdens because they may require more medical attention. But what dog doesn’t? Older dogs are more susceptible to developing diseases, yes, but being playful and young does not guarantee perfect health. And even young dogs will someday be old dogs.
Senior dogs are also believed to be less capable of bonding with their new owners. While this may be true for some cases, such as dogs that have lived with abusive families, this is not necessarily the case for all aging dogs. It only takes a little time for them to build a close bond. Once you have established your trust level and confidence in yourself, though, it would be much easier for you and your dog to bond. And bond tightly, you will.
Why You Should Adopt A Senior Dog
For one, you can save yourself a lot of trouble. Old dogs have already exhausted the energy of very young, crazy puppies. Don’t get it wrong. Many senior dogs – senior being 7 years old and above – still have several years left of energy to spend. Nevertheless, with senior dogs, you need not spend extra on a new couch or endure months of housebreaking.
You can also enjoy the company of a calmer, less aggressive, and more tolerant pet. Senior dogs make great pets for children and older people alike. They do not demand as much attention as their younger counterparts, and they are more skillful at human interaction. They can forgive the transgressions of small kids and provide the comfort adults require. They know better than to bark at everything or jump at people, and they have, more or less, curbed their aggressive tendencies. To top these off, they also have the skills to adapt to your routine and lifestyle.
Adopted senior dogs seem to understand that they have been given another chance at a good life. They tend to be very loyal and dedicated to their owners. And they will be eager to reward you for that.
For people who can’t commit to a lifelong responsibility, a senior dog offers an ideal pet. Because they have a shorter remaining lifespan, their elderly owners don’t have to worry about someday giving their old dog away.
Finally, adopting a senior dog is a selfless act of love. All dogs deserve a loving home, but senior dogs are especially entitled to one that is fit for retirement.
Adopting a senior dog is, without a doubt, an enriching experience. Not only would you get a very loyal companion, but you also get a dog that will stick around for as long as it can.