10 reasons to adopt a senior dog!

Adopt senior dog

There are so many things to appreciate about older dogs: their soulful eyes, how they are always there for a hug, how they can teach us to slow down and enjoy life more. I could go on…

In this article we’ll look at 10 reasons to adopt a senior dog!

Senior dogs are often overlooked, which is extremely sad when you consider those in a shelter losing out to younger pups.

There are many reasons to adopt a senior dog, and this list of 10 is in no way conclusive. There is no reason why you won’t love a senior dog any less than a frantic puppy.

So here goes, 10 reasons to adopt a senior dog!

1. House trained

Many older dogs are housetrained. You won’t have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners.

Your carpets will thank you!

2. Won’t chew

Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won’t chew your shoes and furniture while growing up. Anyone who’s raised a puppy will know how destructive they can be, yet many new puppy owners are completely unaware what they’re embarking upon.

Your furniture will thank you!

3. Focused

Older dogs have the ability to focus better because they’ve mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.

4. Knows “No”

Older dogs have learned what “no” means. If they hadn’t learned it, they wouldn’t have gotten to be “older” dogs.

Puppies on the other hand take many many months of frustration and repetition on your part before they understand the word “no”.

5. Settled

Older dogs settle in easily. They’ve learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.

6. Give love

Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they’ve been given.


It’s a turn I believe hails from software development, but it means What You See Is What You Get.

Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can be a mystery, and may not have the cutesy personality you hope for when you first bring them home.

8. Instant companion

Older dogs are instant companions — ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do.

9. Time for yourself

Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don’t make the kinds of demands on your time and attention like puppies do.

Puppies will gladly take up 100% of your time and more.

10. A good night’s sleep

Older dogs are accustomed to human schedules and don’t often need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

So that’s it for our 10 reasons to adopt a senior dog. Do you have any suggestions, or have you adopted a senior dog? Say so in the comments!

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