5 Reasons Adopt an Older Dog

5 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog



5 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog



Many people tend to adopt puppies, as they feel they are small, cute, and trainable. As a result, there is a great deal of older adult and elderly dogs waiting for their forever homes. If you are in the market to adopt a dog, why not consider an older dog? They are just as fun, loving, and sweet. Plus they likely are already potty trained, are done with chewing everything in sight, are happy just to cuddle, and maybe go for a long stroll in the evening. Here are 5 reasons to consider adopting an older dog. You might be surprised how wonderful they can be.



1. Older dogs are typically house trained.
While puppies will need puppy pads, lots of outside breaks, and paper towels on hand for accidents, older dogs are typically house trained. There is no need for spending money on puppy pads and cleaning products as you most likely won’t be needing to clean up any messes.

2. Older dogs may have less anxiety.
Older dogs may not panic as much as a puppy would when you leave, eliminating the need for a crate. Chances are they will be happy with a warm blanket or chair, and will patiently wait your return. A puppy, not so much!

3. Older dogs appreciate you too!
Older dogs seem to know they are winding down, and will be sure to show you lots of love and appreciation for you taking them in. They give lots of warm hugs, licks, and kisses just like a puppy, and will be sure to tell you “thank you” daily.

4. Older dogs are more tame.
By the time they are up there in years, older dogs are more tame. They tend not to chew on items anymore, jump on guests, or rip up your furniture. They enjoy more of a lounging lifestyle which you are both sure to enjoy.

5. They are still fairly healthy.
Just because a dog is old, it doesn’t mean he will be full of health problems. Chances are your aged dog will still live a healthy and active lifestyle you both will enjoy. And if they are not as healthy as a young dog might seem at least you know what you are getting yourself into from the beginning. Symptoms of many issues will be apparent or noticed by a vet when they were checked out so you can make a decision with all of the facts in order instead of it being a gamble.

If you are thinking about adopting why not adopt an older dog the next time you are in the market? They make great pets and life long companions.

You might be interested in adopting but hate the idea of visiting a shelter and having to leave the other dogs behind. I completely understand. That is why PetSmart Charities is having a National Adoption Weekend! Visit the PetSmart Charities’ adoption center inside any PetSmart store in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. In past years they have been able to help empty out shelters and rescues across the country with adoptions totaling between 15,000 and 18,000 in just the one weekend.



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Comments

  1. This is a great reminder!
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  2. With my current lifestyle if I was able to adopt, I would definitely be looking for an older dog!!
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  3. Oh I couldn’t agree more! Puppies are haaaaard work and they grow big so soon. There’s definitely a special kind of love and gratitude from an olde rescue. Bravo for putting the spotlight on them! Great post.

  4. Your 5 reasons are so true I always adopt older dogs never had any health problems but with Huey he had an inner ear infection after going to the vet in a week he was fine. Anyone reading this pls adopt an older dogs they know how to love and want love

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