The Pet Parent’s Guide to Caring for and Adopting a Senior Dog

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Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month? If you’ve been thinking about adopting another pet, a dog in its golden years could be an outstanding choice. You may never have considered the possibility of adopting an older dog, but if you do, it could turn out to be one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences of your life. Senior dogs still have a tremendous amount of love to give. Their gratitude and loyalty will inspire you and leave you with fond memories that will last a lifetime.

Benefits of Adopting a Senior Dog

When you bring a senior dog into your home, you’ll be getting a pet that already knows what it is like to share its life with a human family (and, in many cases, with other pets). The depth of their love will be immense, and your family will form bonds with them that are as deep and abiding as any you’ve ever experienced with a companion animal.

Here are some of the best reasons to adopt a senior dog:

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Senior dogs are often less demanding

Young dogs will keep you busy monitoring their rambunctious behavior, forcing you to chase after them to ensure they don’t get into trouble or damage anything in your home.

In contrast, older dogs are more settled. Their super-active puppyhood is well behind them, and they will usually be satisfied with life’s simplest pleasures (i.e., good food, leisurely walks, lots of petting and even more sleep).

Senior dogs may require less training

The typical senior dog will have been at least partly trained in the past. At the very least, they will have learned some important dos and don’ts from previous experiences living with people. A senior dog likely won’t have any highly destructive habits you have to break or control (they don’t have the energy for that) and, therefore, won’t have to be watched all the time.



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