Why old is gold
Are you ready to welcome a new member to your pet family? We’ve compiled our top 10 reasons why senior dogs make the best animal companions.
- No surprises!
With senior dogs, what you see is what you get. The fosterer or shelter will be able to tell you all you need to know (and consider) before you adopting. Knowing important information like temperament, personality and full-grown size will help manage your expectations and will also make it easier to find your purr-fect match.
- They have higher IQ and EQ
Seniority comes with many perks. Senior dogs are known to be more focused on tasks because they are generally calmer than younger dogs. Many trainers can attest that you CAN teach old dogs new tricks! Another perk – older dogs are also better at reading human body language making it easier for pet parents to communicate to them.
- Overwhelming devotion
Adopting dogs from a shelter means giving them a second shot at having a forever home. For some senior dogs, it could even be their third or fourth. Many pet parents who adopt dogs in their golden years often report feeling overwhelmed by their dogs’ devotion and gratefulness – no regrets there!
- You can take a breather more often
You don’t have to watch over your senior dog like a hawk 24/7. Unlike having puppies, you don’t have to monitor their every action just to make sure that they don’t pee in the wrong places or chew and eat the wrong things.
- They’ll fit right in
Because they’ve been around longer, they have already learned the doggy tips and tricks of doggy (and human) socialisation. Senior dogs will settle down into a new household quite quickly.
- Their teething years are over
Older dogs are likely to have been already house-trained – meaning you won’t be waking up to puddles of pee and mounds of poop in the morning. Even if you’re still house-training them, they are more focused and can pick things up faster than puppies. Senior dogs are also well past their teething years so your belongings and furniture are safe from their chewing!
- Quality time that matters
With senior dogs, you won’t be biting off more than you can chew as they require shorter commitment unlike having a puppy which is a commitment that can last between 10 to 20 years. Caring for a senior dog is still a serious commitment but it will likely be a shorter one, so make every day count.
- Cool as a cucumber
Old dogs require more sleep so they’ll likely prefer being couch potatoes to throwing and chasing a toy around. While senior dogs don’t require as much exercise as puppies do, they still need their daily exercise so be sure to bring them out for a walk (or two).
- Save a paw
Heartbreaking but true, older dogs in shelters tend to be the first on the list to be euthanised. Save a paw by choosing to adopt a senior dog!
- They are just SO ADORABLE!
Dogs, young or old are always so adorable and lovable. Need we say more?
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