The Benefits Of Loving A Senior Dog

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Ask most anyone and they will tell you, “Senior pets have so much love to give. In fact, they get sweeter every year!” We believe that’s true and our marketing manager shares her life with a senior cat and a senior poodle so we know what we’re talking about!

Also, did you know: Dogs are considered “seniors” when they are seven-years-old?” If adopting a new pet is in your future, we urge you to consider adopting a senior dog. That senior pet will  shower you with so much love your heart will be full every day you spend together.

The Benefits Of Adopting A Senior Dog

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month and that’s why we want to take some time to share the benefits of adopting a senior cat or dog. Many of these older pets are passed over in shelters in favor of puppies and kittens.

What you see is what you get with an older dog. A senior dog is done growing! You won’t adopt a three-pound puppy because you want a lap dog only to have him grow to weigh 100 pounds!  When it comes to size, a senior dog is a “what you see is what you get.”

You don’t have to live through the puppy stage. Puppies are adorable BUT they enjoy chewing shoes, your furniture, clawing the furniture and doors!

Puppies keep you up at night whether they are barking in their crate or if they need to go outside to potty because of their little bladders! Let’s not forget house training and basic obedience training -- that takes a lot of time!

A senior dog will be better-mannered probably require little in the way of house training or obedience training. However, it’s never a bad idea to take a dog – yes, even a senior – for training because it helps her get more socialization and assures you’re sharing your life with the best dog ever.

You can teach your “old dog” new tricks. Senior dogs are eager to please and that means you can teach him tricks. Senior dogs love to learn as much as puppies do so find a trick and start teaching! A “trick” could be as simple as learning to sit and stay or it could be learning to fetch and bring back to you. There is no reason a senior dog can’t learn -- humans and pets love to learn, no matter their age.

Older dogs are usually calmer. If you’re a senior or if you don’t have the energy to keep up with a puppy, sharing your life with a senior pet means you will get exercise (your dog will need to walk and go outdoors to do her business, after all), but you won’t have to walk for miles or hours. Senior cats still love to, and need to, play to stay fit and healthy but they may tire out more quickly and give up on the feather toy much quicker than their kitten counterpart.  

Senior dogs (even those who are only seven years old) are happy sitting on the couch with you. Human seniors sharing their lives with a dog or a cat are happier and healthier because they have a companion.

Senior dogs may not experience as much separation anxiety. Puppies require a lot of time and attention! A senior dog will still want your time and attention, but he may be all right left home alone. This is not to say that every senior dog will happily lie in his crate or on the couch while you’re gone, but many senior dogs are happier and more adaptable than a puppy might be. We don’t want to make any broad, sweeping statements because we know many people with senior dogs who still claw the doors; all pets are unique.

You will be a hero to that pet. It’s been said senior dogs and cats, honestly, any dog or cat who is rescued or adopted from a shelter has an “attitude of gratitude.” That is not said lightly because it’s been said that shelter dogs and cats seem to recognize that you are their savior and they look at you with a heartful of love and are eager to please.

Have you adopted a senior dog? What are some of the things you love best about them? Show us a photo of your senior!

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