Should I Adopt a Senior Dog?

There are many great reasons to adopt a senior dog. Many of these dogs had homes and families of their own, but for some reason, have found themselves without. These elderly dogs need to be loved and cared for just as much, if not more, than a young dog. Plus, the old dog with respect and appreciate your home as much as your home will appreciate avoiding puppy training. Even if you’re your senior is not quite as educated as you would have hoped, it’s not an issue. It’s a busted myth that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Also, if you are older yourself or face a lack of mobility, you may be better equipped to care for a senior dog. They tend to be much less active than young dogs and aren’t very likely to drag you across the dog park.

Certain things should be taken into consideration before deciding to adopt an older dog. For starters, you have to accept the possibility that your journey together may not last very long. You also need to accept that your buddy will likely require special care. This special care can be frustrating, time-consuming and expensive. You have to learn to slow down a bit and take your time as arthritis slows them down. However, most of these issues can be combated with a little love and patience. At the end of the day, old dogs make just as great of companions as young dogs. So, consider the elderly!

If you have any questions, give us a call at 204.253.2668.

Written by: Matt



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