Everyone loves puppies, but we have a special place in our hearts for seniors. Here’s our top 10 reasons why:
#1 – Less Exercise Required
As dogs age, they tend to slow down, which means you won’t have to take those 10 mile walks just to get your dog to settle down. Senior dogs are perfect for those who can’t physically exercise their dog or don’t have as much time for physical activities.
#2 – No Chewing
Most senior dogs have left the “destroying everything in sight” far behind them. Instead of having to “puppy proof” your house every day, you can just enjoy your dog. Plus, your dog will be smart since he may read the paper instead of chewing it.
#3 – With Age, Comes Wisdom
There is something about the eyes of a senior dog. Look into them, and you see a depth of knowledge well beyond their years on Earth. They just draw you in and make you think.
#4 – Already Trained
A lot of senior dogs come all trained. This means you spend less money on training and can spend more on treats (the dog won’t complain!).
#5 – Babysitters
Senior dogs are great “babysitters.” If you are bringing home a new puppy, your older can help teach them “doggy manners” as well as the ropes of the house. Some are even good at babysitting two-legged babies!
#6 – Cuddle Bugs
Since they require less exercise, there is more time for cuddling! Senior dogs make great lap or snuggle buddies.
#7 – Grateful
While puppies and adolescent dogs tend to blow you off, senior dogs are grateful for the things you are doing and the love you give. A senior dog lets you know that they appreciate all that you do.
#8 – Calmness
Senior dogs tend to be calmer than a puppy or younger dog, making them better to have around our own children, elders, or people with physical limitations. You are less likely to get jumped on or knocked over by a senior dog.
#9 – Known Personality
Unlike an eight week old puppy, you can see the personality of the senior dog (does he like kids, cats, or other dogs? Does he bark excessively, etc), taking out the anxiety of ending up with a dog that doesn’t fit your in needs. In fact, these are some of the main reasons dogs end up in the shelter, so getting an older dog reduces the risk of adding to the homeless dog population!
#10 – Saving a Life
If you are adopting a senior dog, the best thing about it is the fact that you are saving a life. Instead of living out the rest of her days homeless, you are giving her a warm, love-filled home to finish out her life. What could be better?