Why you should consider adopting an older pet.
In the U.S., 86% of pets in animal welfare organizations are turned over due to “owner-specific reasons,” meaning the inability to care for the pet for the remainder of its life.
However, there are plenty of benefits to adopting an older dog that you may not know about!
Older pets are usually more obedient, house trained and more calm than younger dogs. Not only are they are less likely to be destructive to your house, they don’t require as much activity as a puppy. Their personalities are already very apparent and you will automatically know if your personalities match up together to be a good fit.
Unlike puppies, many grown-up dogs have spent years living with a family. They may have received obedience training and respond to commands like sit, stay and down. Many are house trained and only takes a few hours or a day or two to help them learn the potty rules in their new home.
Most older adoptive pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase. You don't need to worry so much about finding your favorite pair of shoes or a table leg chewed beyond recognition. Chances are your senior pup has no urge to overturn your potted plant or shred the handmade quilt your grandma gave you.
What more could you ask for when looking for a furry companion? We all have a lot going on in our lives and training a puppy how to act can be tiring and stressful. With an adult dog, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting: a companion that is always ready to go through life with you, no matter how difficult it gets. Don’t make your life more difficult, and make theirs a lot happier by adopting a senior dog!
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What's your favorite part of having an older dog in your life?