Sweet little puppies are mostly preferred for adoption over senior dogs in spite of the fact that they are more difficult to look after. Adopting a senior dog is less taxing; it will be a more fulfilling experience too. However, people have many scruples against welcoming older dogs to their homes and hearts.
Usual reasons cited for not considering senior Dogs for adoption
Many people are reluctant to take in a senior dog, usually aged 7 years or older, because their expected lifespan is short. While it may be so, they still have many good years ahead to give you affection and companionship.
Senior dogs do have higher probability of developing age-related health problems which may tax you financially, but anticipated medical expenses shouldn’t be a reason against adopting them. Is there any assurance that younger dogs will not fall ill and require expensive medical treatments? After all, all dogs will reach old age sooner or later.
Difficulty in bonding
People often worry that an older dog may not bond with them easily. While some dogs who have been severely abused by their previous owners may find it difficult to bond with a new family, that’s not the case with most. All it takes is some time for both of you to get to know each other. Have patience while the senior dog slowly, but surely, builds its trust in you. And once it does, it stays extremely close and loyal to you.
Why a senior dog is an excellent choice for adoption
An older dog spares you the time and energy required to train a young one.Think of all the trouble you may have housebreaking a puppy. It’s a long process spanning months, during which you can expect some expensive damages to your furniture and carpets. Young and bursting with energy as puppies are, their constant demands for attention can be quite exhausting. In contrast, a senior dog is easier on you.
Moreover, senior dogs generally have a calm temperament that makes them ideal pets for older people. They will not constantly pester you for attention. Since they have been around people for longer, they are less excitable on meeting visitors and other strangers. Unlike highly strung puppies, they don’t jump and bark at everything that moves. Older dogs would have developed a greater degree of tolerance too, a great plus with young children. They are more forgiving to a bit of rough handling by kids. Being more adapting, they tend to fall in line with your daily routine and habits easily instead of disrupting them.
Senior dogs instinctively feel grateful to you for the second chance you have given them. They show it through their greater attachment and eagerness to please you.
To those who feel reluctant to have pets just because they can’t invest in such a long-term commitment, senior dogs are a good option. Since they will not live as long as their younger counterparts, there’s less chance of having to abandon them when the owners become incapable of keeping pets. But during their remaining lifetime, short as it may be, they would reward you with great companionship and loyalty.
There is no doubt that all dogs, be it young or old, deserve to have a decent life with a loving family. If you can provide the comfort of your home to senior dogs, it would be an expression of unselfish love and kindness, besides being a wonder experience for both of you.