6 Reasons for Adopting a Senior Dog

People think that a dog should be in a “senior” category when he is around seven year-old. The size of a dog, however, affects this categorization. Smaller dogs mature slower and become seniors later in life than larger dogs. Animal shelters are filled with healthy and active senior dogs that are in need of a home.

Shelters are full of senior dogs for adoption. Many of these animals were once owned and loved by someone, but for various reasons end up homeless. A lot of people think that if they drop their older dog off at the shelter it will get adopted and have a great life with someone else. This just isn’t so. Many of these animals become depressed and are overlooked for younger, cuter dogs. They are being discriminated by most of the people.

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When most people think of bringing a dog into their family they are thinking of a warm, cuddly, tail wagging, wet nosed puppy. While puppies are lovely, there are a lot of solid reasons for considering adopting an older dog.

Senior dogs need homes just as badly as younger dogs, and make loving and loyal companions. There are great reasons to consider an older animal when you’re ready to adopt.

Training issues are always some concerns about adopting an older dog. For example you may afraid of potty training for an older dog. But you don’t have to worry about this anymore.

When you’re thinking about picking up a dog from your local shelter, don’t look past the senior dogs. Senior dogs adoption make great pets too!

1. Senior dogs at shelters need homes just as badly as younger dogs.

Many older dogs were once owned and loved by someone. For whatever reason, they were given up and abandoned in a shelter and are in need of a home. Just like puppies and younger adoptable dogs, they make loyal and loving companions. By adopting an older dog, you are fighting for the value and beauty of life at all ages and stages. In his vision, you are actually saving his live! Shelters are frequently overcrowded and older dogs are often among the first to be euthanized.

By choosing an older animal you are truly saving a life. It’s heroic to see beauty and love where others often don’t even bother looking and give and older dog a second chance to live out the rest of his or her life with dignity and love. So adopting him will make him feel you like a hero.

2. Older dogs are not necessarily “problem dogs” as many tend to think.

Senior dogs lose their homes for a variety of reasons, usually having nothing to do with their behavior or temperament, but more due to the fact that their owners are unable to keep them for reasons including: the novelty of owning a dog wearing off, allergies, death of a guardian, a new baby, a move, change in work schedule, and various other lifestyle changes. People give up them may not because of their disabilities. These dogs need homes just as badly as young puppies do. They want to return their normal lifestyle.

Senior dog health problems are not actually the “problem”. They are not easier to be sick as a puppy does.

3. Older dogs usually come trained and understand at least basic commands.

Caring about toilet training for an older dog? Most older dogs are potty-trained and have mastered the basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “down.” Adopting an already-trained dog will save you a lot of time and energy that you’d normally have to dedicate towards training a young dog. They know outdoors is for potty, and shoes are for walking not chewing.

You don’t have to train him the simple behavior. A senior dog has learned many of life’s lessons already, and they are quick to understand what you’re asking from them. Older dogs, especially those who have once experienced love and affection, will try to please you by being obedient and showing good house manners. You may feel putting less effort to train him to be a “good boy”.

4. You can teach an old dog new tricks.

Dogs can be trained at any age and older dogs are just as smart as younger ones. They are better developed and having better sense. Older dogs have a greater attention span than a puppy, which make them easier to train. They are eager to learn new tricks. That may go against what you’ve heard in the past, but it’s true.

Dogs can be trained at any age. A senior dog, given a new chance for a loving home, will reward your care with unwavering devotion and do his best to please you which makes teaching new tricks pretty easy and older dogs often make excellent therapy dogs. If you have no idea to train whether a younger dog or an older dog, just try the program that I use personally!

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5. Older dogs are calmer and less energetic than younger dogs.

An adult dog has graduated from the puppy stage and has an established demeanor and temperament, which will give you an instant idea of how it will fit into your household. Older dogs have all their adult teeth and are out of the energetic puppy phase, which will result in less destruction to your home. You may experience less annoying actions from him too. Many of them do well with young children as they have a lower energy level and have possibly lived with them in their past homes.

A senior dog is often less demanding than a highly energetic, untrained puppy. While many older dogs still enjoy a brisk daily walk, they’re also content to nap and to cuddle. That’s why I said he is giving you an instant idea of how it will fit into your household. A senior dog won’t run you ragged. Most grownup dogs don’t require the constant monitoring and ongoing training that puppies need, so they’re a good choice for older people or busy families with young children.

6. Older dogs make instant companions.

Unlike a puppy, which requires leash training, etc. an older dog is ready to accompany you on a long walk and already knows how to play fetch. An adult dog will make a great workout partner, a loyal companion, and a late night snuggle buddy. They are much co–operative than a young puppy. Most senior dogs have already been socialized and learned what it takes to get along with humans, and often with other pets. You can skip a lot of the training and socialization that puppies require and just get to the cuddling.

Older dogs know the routine, when you open the car door they jump right in. They know what the word “walk” means or “treat” so you can have more meaningful interactions with your older dog without years of training. The reward for spending time with your new senior companion is the quick bond you create that builds a special future together.

Don’t forget to Educate yourself whatever your situation!

If you’re going to bring home a new dog it’s important to educate yourself so you can give the dog time to adjust to his or her new surroundings and family. Observe your new dog to get familiar with his personality, what he likes, what he dislikes and to see how your dog communicate with you. A kind, understanding attitude helps them make the adjustment with ease and comfort. This is the way you live with your best friend right?  For those reluctant to consider a senior because the possibility of a painful loss seems closer, remember that life offers no guarantees. Quality of time together matters so much more than quantity.

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Feel free to leave a Comment below if you have and thoughts and questions! :)



  1. PowerParadise

    Hello,CyrilChan. How are you? I had the pleasure of reviewing your website.First, I would like to say that it is great that senior dogs get this type of recognition.There is not enough help when it comes to dogs. My wife is a unconditional dog lover and I also know this is a need.Your website is full of exceptional information and help those dogs are in need. This hits my heart and thank you for the care of animals.

    Warm Regards,

    Iris&Sam; Richardson

    1. Cyril (Post author)

      Hey thank you for your comment! Many dog lovers are just considering petting a puppy instead of an older dog. This is a big mistake and people will end out getting troubles. You should know about yourself and your situation, energy and environment to choose the most suitable dog for yourself.


  2. Jeanette

    Old dogs are some of the best dogs I have ever met! I don’t think discriminating against an animal just because it’s old, is unwise. Puppies can be so hard to train for some people and they can be a lot of work so in those cases older dogs are much better suited to their needs than puppies. Also older dogs are extremely cute and love people just as much as puppies do! Thank you for standing up for the older dogs! They need it.

  3. Cathy

    Senior dogs are great and it’s not a biased opinion although my dog has just surpassed her 10th birthday. I work at the vet and see plenty of senior dogs on a daily basis.

    They are mellow and surprisingly submissive. They appreciate what you do to make them feel better and they have their special way to thank you. Very thoughtful old kids – if only more humans are like them :)


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