November is Senior Pet Month. What better way to celebrate the month than to adopt a lovable senior dog! Adopting a senior dog may have challenges due to their age, but the experience will be rewarding. Make their last years on earth some of their best memories. Remember, old dogs need loving too. Here are five reasons to adopt a senior dog this month.
Less Training is Needed
If you don’t have time for potty training and teaching puppy manners, getting an older dog may be best for you. Senior dogs usually don’t need to be taught basic house manners. They generally know the rules about going to the bathroom outside, and jumping on countertops is wrong. With a senior dog, you are more likely to have peace of mind and fewer instances of chasing a dog around the house running away with something in their mouth! With that being said, senior dogs are not boring. You can still teach an old dog new tricks. Of course, within reason and physical capabilities, old dogs can still learn and process information and training. It may take longer for the training to stick, but practice makes perfect, just like learning most things.
Less Exercise for Busy Schedules
Another benefit to those with busy schedules, senior dogs don’t require as much exercise. While you are away for work or running errands, your old boy or girl will likely be snoozing, waiting peacefully for your return. Even if you don’t have a busy schedule and are just a homebody who enjoys spending time indoors, adopting an older dog may be better suited to your lifestyle. Senior dogs won’t get up to much trouble and will appreciate your company no matter the plans for the day. If you are out for long periods of the day, be sure to consider a pet sitter. Although older dogs are calmer, they still need their potty breaks and would love some company throughout the day.
A Consistent Cuddle Buddy
Since older dogs are no longer the energy bombs they were in their youth, relaxing with a senior dog is best. You can be sure your dog won’t be squirming around or barking at perceived noises. Old dogs will be lying right by your side and sleeping as you watch your movie or complete some work. These dogs will keep you company in any situation. The more you get to know your senior pup, the more of their personality and their love for you will shine through. Remember, a dog’s love is unconditional, regardless of age.
Years of Experience and Maturity
A senior dog brings a lot of maturity, wisdom, and love to the household. Growing up, these dogs have probably learned a bunch from their life experiences. If you have younger dogs at home, they are sure to be great role models in behaving. Older dogs may also have more patience in getting adjusted to your daily routine. They are self-aware and know that both of you are getting accustomed to this change. So long as you work with them and show them love and affection daily, they will feel safe and sound and reciprocate all the love back.
Spoiling Them until the End
Adopting a senior dog may not be a long-term commitment, but the time you spend with them will mean the world to them. Spoiling a dog with all the affection and attention for the remaining time in their life would make them the happiest dogs in the world. Leave a lasting impression of their lives by making their beds comfortable, feeding them good food, and loving them every single minute of the day.
These are just five reasons to adopt a senior dog. There are likely many more as older dogs are just as wonderful as their younger counterparts. Dogs are special members of our families, and we must love them and protect them at any age. If your senior dogs need some pet sitting or extra attention, be sure to contact East Paws for our professional pet services.