You always hear, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks…” but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Old dogs are actually quite smart and can learn just as much as the young pups can. November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month and there are several benefits when you decided to adopt an older pooch.
- Already Full Grown: A lot of times you get a teeny tiny puppy only to watch them grown twice the size you expected or have a petite little kitten grow way more fur than you thought they’d have and basically turning into a giant fur ball. That’s the great thing about senior dogs, their already fully grown! There’s no surprise in their size since other than fattening up a bit, they are pretty much the size that they’re meant to be when you meet them.
- Less hyper and destructive: Senior pets have already passed through the “I want to pounce, rip, shred, and obliterate everything in my path” phase. They’ve explored and settled, making them much more laidback than a puppy or kitten. Usually, they just like to sit by your feet and relax instead of chewing at your shoes or pouncing your feet. Their personalities are pretty much developed by this point, so you can easily decide if they are going to be a good fit for your family.
- Manners: Generally older dogs have already learned the standard tricks, like not to go in the house or how to sit and stay. Plus, they know that you have took them in when no one else would. That often makes them more sweet and kind because they are really appreciative of this second chance at love. Senior cats will know not to jump on the table and how to find the litter box because they’ve got the experience, just like senior dogs will be less likely to jump on your guest or bark at every single squirrel.
- You’re saving their life: Unfortunately, older pets are usually the first to be euthanized and when they’re adopted, they literally get a new lease on life. It doesn’t get much better than knowing that you’ve help save a life while also adopting what will most likely be your best friend until the end.
There are so many good things about adopting a senior pet. Even if you can’t do it right away in the Senior Pet Month, there is never a bad time to save a life and give a pet in need a new home. Every time you look in those sweet eyes you’ll see how grateful they are and that’s a wonderful feeling.