7 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog

Adopting Older Dog Staffordshire Bulldog

1. Senior dogs have a lot of life left. 

Although many senior dogs may have had a previous owner, for some unknown reason, they were relinquished and abandoned into shelter care waiting for a new home and a new adventure.  Regardless of the lifestyle your senior dog had before you met, he/she is most likely completely willing to adjust to your way of life with ease and joy!

2. Bring home an older dog and you might just save its life. 

The one how needs the home the most may be the one who's the oldest!  Ofter people gravitate towards puppies and younger dogs, skipping over dogs that are 7 years old and older.  If the shelter is a no-kill shelter, there's no risk of life lost, but should the shelter be one that euthanizes animals, older dogs are likely the first to be chosen for this unfortunate fate.  By joining the ranks of those that have adopted a senior dog you'll be saving a life and gaining a life-long companion.

3. Seniors aren't necessarily problem children!

The most common reason dogs are given up or relinquished has nothing to do with how they behave, but more so due to a variety of reasons associated with the owner(s).  Quite often major life changes for owners result in them feeling overwhelmed and leads to a faithful companion being returned to a shelter.  

4. Often senior dogs come trained and understand a variety of commands.

Most of the older dogs we see are potty-trained and have mastered the basic commands such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “down.” Senior pups that come with the built in knowledge that potty time is an outdoor activity, can save you endless hours of training and tons of frustration.

5. You can teach an old dog new tricks. 

Dogs can be trained at any age and older dogs are just as smart as younger ones. Older dogs have a greater attention span than a puppy, which make them easier to train.

6. They're happy to sleep when you sleep.

Seniors love to snuggle and sleep just about any time you do.  Puppies on the other hand are like babies and are erratic in their sleep patterns and will wake you at all hours of the night to make an outside potty run. Senior pups tend to adjust to your schedule, relaxing when you relax.

7. Older dogs have a lot of love left to give! 

When you form a bond with your rescued senior pup, you know that you've bonded with a rescued dog that knows they have been saved! They immediately express gratitude and couldn't care less about where you live, what job you have, or how you look.  They will share the gift of unconditional love for the remainder of their lives with you.

When you give an older dog a new lease on life, you'll find that both you and the dog benefit for life!

Author: Matt Zybura

About Sheena: Matt Zybura is a co-founder of Grey Snouts and a pet enthusiast - having had pets all his life, including a pair of greyhounds. 


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