can not stress enough the importance of knowing how
advantageous it is to adopt an older dog. Just read
the article below and you'll see why adopting an older
dog is almost always the best choice.
Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog
- In most cases Older Dogs are well past the chewing
and digging stages of life. They cause less destruction
than puppies or younger dogs. They also have a longer
attention span, making them easier to train.
of Mind - Over 90% of Older Dogs are housebroken
before they go into a second home. In addition, an
adult dog has a larger bladder and can go for longer
periods of time without relief, such as when you get
stuck in traffic.
Experience - Most Older Dogs have been socialized
with other animals. They can provide an example and
a calming influence to younger dogs.
Tolerance - Older Dogs are good first dogs for
children because they are patient with tail tugging
and rough petting. They'll walk away from a playing
child rather than hurt him.
Companionship - Older Dogs don't demand constant
watchfulness and attention. They're content just to
be in the same room while family members are working
or relaxing. An Older Dog will be just as happy with
a sedate walk as with intense exercise.
Dignity - Older Dogs are generally calmer than
young dogs; they won't scare small children or the
elderly by jumping up to greet them.
Adaptability - An Older Dog will adapt more
easily to changes in your household, such as a new
baby, relatives or guests visiting, or being left
alone for long periods of time when there is a sudden
burst of overtime at work.
WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) - An Older
Dog is fully grown, and most of its health history
is already known (hereditary diseases, arthritis,
and hip dysplasia are some). There are no guesses
about how big it will get, whether it will bark a
lot, or what its energy level will be.
Personality An Older Dog arrives with its
own sets of likes (soft places to sleep, belly rubs,
tennis balls) and dislikes (cauliflower, squirrels,
vacuum cleaners), and each one is different. Discovering
all the facets of a Senior's personality makes life
with them truly enjoyable.
Memories - Even if you have an Older Dog as
a part of your life for only a few years, the days
and the adventures you share are precious. The love
and joy you receive every day from a Senior will more
than compensate for the sadness of eventually losing
such a wonderful companion.