The Benefits of Adopting A Senior Dog

 

13 year old Chihuahua Mele shows that old dogs can still have fun! Here she is showing her #Disneyside

13 year old Chihuahua
Mele shows that old dogs can still have fun! Here she is showing her #Disneyside.

 

I’m the first one to admit that I’m a sucker for puppy breath, and who could resist those adorable little faces? Once you’ve welcomed a new puppy home and you’re 24 hours into the bliss of puppyhood you realize how rough this phase is. The chewing, the potty training, the leash walking and the never ending “accident” clean ups…oy vey! The first few days with a puppy could almost drive you to reconsider furry parent hood but does that mean you’re out of the game altogether? No way!

Adopting a senior dog has many benefits, without all the pitfalls of puppyhood. We’re not talking 2 legs on the grave and the other 2 on a banana peel old…but by veterinary standards any dog over (human) age 5 is considered “senior”.

Here’s a few reasons why you should remember “Age ain’t nothing but a number” and consider adopting a senior dog:

  • Lower maintenance: No potty training! Whether they had a great upbringing with a family that invested in training or they’re just not as hyper as they used to be and can control their bladders…by default, senior dogs come with some level of training and house broken-ness.
  • Lower energy: One of the reasons senior dogs make great companions is because their years of terrorizing everyone and everything is passed and they are content to stay by your side and be your companion instead of sneaking off to get into trouble every chance they get.
  • To save a life: Unfortunately, many animal shelters are over crowded and “senior aged” dogs (dogs 5 to 7 years or older) are at a higher risk. The average life expectancy for dogs ranges anywhere from 10 to 15 years, so you still have plenty of time to enjoy your four legged companion.
  • What you see is what you get-Senior aged dogs have reached their “adulthood” and there are no surprises about their size and temperament. Your puppy is cute and cuddly now, but what happens when the 20lb dog you expected turns into a 50+lb bouncing bundle of joy?

There is no rule about which dog would best suit your family but it’s important to take all of the factors into consideration before adopting. The breed, size, and energy level should all be taken and don’t forget…age ain’t nothing but a number!

And another thing…don’t think “old dogs” can’t enjoy Camp…because I can show you a few seniors who can give the youngin’s a run for their money! Just because we offer more supervised open play than other Camp and boarding facilities doesn’t mean your senior aged dog will be forced to socialize for extended periods of time if they don’t want to.  We even have a senior lounge where our more mature canine companions can relax in cozy beds , insulated from the sounds of the young pups frolicking about.

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