Senior dogs make wonderful companions but sadly are often overlooked at shelters and rescues in favour of younger animals. There are many advantages to adopting a senior pet:
- What you see is what you get. There are no surprises when you adopt a mature pet - you know exactly what their size, coat type, grooming needs and exercise needs are.
- Most senior dogs are already trained, know basic commands and have good leash manners. They are ready to get out and explore the world with you.
- Generally, older dogs have good house-manners (they won't eat your shoes!) and are already housebroken so they require less time and energy to integrate them into your home than younger dogs do.
- Mature pets have been around the block a few times and have learned a lot over the years about life's lessons. They tend to be more laid back and settle in easily and adapt to new situations quickly.
- Many senior dogs have met a lot of other dogs and have learned how to get along with them. They tend to have good doggie social skills and have a calming influence on younger more rambunctious dogs.
- Senior dogs are mellower and more focused than younger dogs making them easier to train.
- Senior dogs have lower exercise needs than young dogs so they are well suited to most families. They are often satisfied with a nice walk followed by a nap by the fire.
- Senior dogs have so much love to give -- they appreciate a kind hand, a warm bed and love and affection.
- When you adopt a senior dog you save a life.