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Read About Adopting A Senior Dog

ImageAdopting A Senior Dog is an attractive option for some dog lovers. Here's everything you need to know about this topic.

Many potential dog owners are looking for the perfect dog, but seldom consider Adopting A Senior Dog. This may because senior dogs, who are eight years and over, are not expected to live long and are not top of the list for those choosing a new dog. While this may not be the ideal choice for those with families with young children, those who are looking for an ideal companion for the next few years will find themselves content with senior dogs. Senior dogs have some advantages over puppies and younger adult dogs.

Senior Dogs May Need Less Training

Unlike puppies, who still need to learn that the bathroom is outside, senior dogs are way past that. They know exactly where to go, and how to signal to their owner that it is time use the doggie facilities. Not only that, many of them already know tricks like Sit, Stay, and Heel that can take owners years to train into a new puppy.


Senior dogs are generally set in their ways. This is especially good for those who want their dog to be a passive companion. Senior dogs do not have the puppy energy, and are often more mellow than younger dogs. However, don't count them out yet. Senior dogs can still be peppy, in their own way.

Senior Dogs Have Had Their Shots

Even though a senior dog may need special care, it will at least be free from all the routine shots required by puppies and younger dogs. In most cases, the dog will still be healthy even at the age of eight. The dog will still want to play fetch, go on walks, and do all the things that all dogs want.

Senior Dogs Are Responsible

When they are puppies, most dogs will explore their enclosed yard, constantly looking for a chance to run away. By the time a dog is an adult, the dog typically won't run away without finding its way back home. Senior dogs understand that they need to be home, and will stay quite close to their new owners.

When considering a new pet, don't be too quick to judge a new dog simply because he is old. Just because there is white around the face, doesn't mean he won't be a loving and faithful family member.