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What You Should Know Before Adopting A Senior Dog

Adopting a senior dog doesn’t sound as fun to people as buying a puppy. While buying a puppy can be a wonderful experience, so many dogs are up for adoption – and senior dogs are often the most overlooked purely because of their age.

In truth, adopting a senior dog could mean saving a life and giving an old dog a second chance to be happy and enjoy the years they have left on this earth. It can be such a joy to introduce them to things they may never have known, and give them the love that they have always wanted. Below, there are a few things you should know before adopting a senior dog. 

Old Dogs Do Not Always Have Behavioural Problems

Many people assume that senior dogs are in shelters because of behavioural problems. Oftentimes, they can end up in shelters for reasons outside of anybody’s control. This could be because of the death of an owner, or even illness that prevents them from caring for their dog. This is heartbreaking and confusing for a senior dog, and they still deserve a loving home.  

You’ll Spend Less Time Training 

In most cases, you’ll spend less time training your senior dog because they have already been trained. They are used to being pets and will just want to spend as much time around you as possible, so you can usually just get right down to playing, cuddling, and having a wonderful time with them.  

They may have special needs

Some senior dogs may require regular vet appointments, medication, or even special food to keep them healthy and happy. Making sure you’re committed to doing these things will keep your senior dog healthy and happy, so don’t take an old dog home if you’re not prepared to do this. You can click here to get an idea of the sort of high quality food a senior dog might need, but it’s always important to check with your vet. 

There Are Products That Can Make Your Senior Dog’s Life More Enjoyable

There are many products that could make your life with your senior dog more enjoyable, and help to make them more comfortable. There are ramps to help them get in and out of the house, blankets to keep them warm, and even dog strollers for those who have weak back legs or get tired on their walks. Making a few adjustments for them could make the world of difference. 

You’ll Still Bond With Them On A Deep Level

You can still bond with your senior dog on a deep level; there’s the opportunity to enjoy lots of special moments together. You’ll also be surprised to realise that they are often still full of personality!

You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

Despite the saying, as long as you’re persistent you can definitely teach an old dog new tricks! Choosing to adopt a senior dog isn’t a decision to be taken lightly, but you could soon find that they love and appreciate you more deeply than you could have ever imagined.