Dog Blog 4 Jul 2014
Adopting A Senior Dog
People are often put off by adopting a rescue dog as they assume most are puppies who need training, socializing and extra attention or if the dog is older they think it was abandoned because it was a "problem dog".
Older or "senior dogs" often find themselves in animal shelters through no fault of their own, Often due to the owners change in circumstance or particularly here in Spain, owners decide to move back to the UK and dump the dog at the nearest rescue centre.
When you’re thinking about adopting a dog from your local shelter, don’t look past the older dogs. They make great pets for a number of reasons.
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.
Older dogs usually come trained and understand at least basic commands. Most older dogs are potty-trained and have mastered the basic commands. 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.
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. 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.
Older dogs make instant companions. Unlike a puppy, which requires leash training, etc. an older dog already knows how to play fetch.
An adult dog will make a great workout partner, a loyal companion, and a late night snuggle buddy.
APSA has many senior dogs in its care all looking for a loving home, come along and meet the residents and find a new friend.
Dancer happy (10yrs.) in her new home
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