5 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog

October 22nd, 2015

2013_12_happy_hound_0280@2xIf you’re thinking about adopting a dog, usually the first thing that comes to mind is a cute little puppy. Often older dogs are overlooked in the adoption process, but they can make a great choice for certain types of families looking to adopt. Check out our top 5 reasons below why adopting an older dog can be a great choice:

1. What You See Is What You Get

Right off the bat, you’ll know important things like their size, personality and preferences for types of households (children, cats, other pets). Knowing this makes it easier to pick the right dog that will be a good fit for your home.

2. Easy to Train

The old adage “can’t teach an old dog new tricks” isn’t true. Older dogs are more mellow than puppies, so they can focus their attention on you and the training, rather than getting distracted. Getting an older dog also means won’t have to housebreak them, stop them from chewing your shoes, or monitor them 24/7. So you can focus on things like “open the fridge and bring me a snack!”

3. Quick to Bond

Dogs who get adopted in their later years are quick to become devoted to you. They’re grateful for the new home and loving family, so the bond can be almost instant. Older dogs have also experienced what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack. They’ll be part of the family in no time!

4. They Enjoy Easy Livin’

If you’re working a 9-5 or can’t be at home all day, an older dog is a great fit for you. They don’t require as much exercise as puppies, don’t need to go out 6 times a day, and can be perfectly happy napping on the couch while you’re at work.

5. Save a Life, Be a Hero

At shelters, older dogs are often the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized. There’s nothing like the feeling of saving an animal’s life. You’ll get to feel that loving bond every day you spend together.