November is Senior Pet Month – Consider adopting an older dog!

In October, we celebrated Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month (we hope it was a great experience for everyone involved!). Now it’s time to focus in on a special demographic of our beloved dogs–the senior ones! That’s right. November is Adopt-a-Senior-Dog month!

We know there are pups out there who have a bit more gray around the muzzle. Who maybe don’t dash about the park as fast as they used to, or who like longer naps. But you know what? No matter how old they get, a senior dog still possesses just as much love, and perhaps a bit more doggy wisdom than they did as a young’un.

Too often, older dogs get overlooked during adoption events in favor of the puppies bouncing around everywhere. Sadly, senior dogs are also some of the first to be euthanized in shelters that continue this unfortunate practice. By adopting a senior dog instead of a younger one, you’re saving a life that is at much higher risk!

Here are a few advantages to adopting a senior dog:

  • They’re already trained – Senior dogs have often already undergone extensive training, helping them be better behaved and more responsive to commands right away!
  • They haven’t lost their zest for life – Just because they’re older doesn’t mean they won’t be any fun to play with. Senior dogs love play and exercise (and they need more of it too, to help promote a healthy lifestyle).
  • They’re more socialized – A senior dog will have more experience being around a variety of both humans and other dogs, and will often be more sociable and friendly.
  • They provide the perfect energy level – Depending on your schedule and lifestyle, you might be looking for a dog that isn’t a hectic bundle of non-stop motion. A senior dog, while still a great companion, can bring doggy joy into your life without increasing your stress levels or trying your patience.

And don’t believe that nonsense about “old dogs can’t learn new tricks.” Senior dogs can actually be more focused and obedient, and can pick up on what you teach them faster than a hyperactive pup.

Kim Saunders, Petfinder.com‘s Vice President of Shelter Outreach and Public Relations said this about the monthly celebration of senior pets:

Think of a pet that is already trained and doesn’t chew or scratch everything in sight — a pet who will love you unconditionally. That’s what you get when you adopt a senior pet.

Have you ever adopted a senior dog? Are you looking for one right now? If you ever have questions about senior dogs or dog adoptions, check out Pet.Answers.com for valuable info for animal lovers.

Perhaps you have a wonderful story to share about your ageing furry friend. We want to hear!

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