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5 Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog

There’s a great movement to “adopt don’t shop”, and while we would never say anything against anyone who chooses to purchase a pedigreed pup from a reputable breeder (because every dog deserves a home!), it's great that people are taking dogs that might otherwise not have a family into their homes. Senior dogs sometimes struggle to find adoptive families though, so we thought it would be a good idea to remind everyone that there are a few great reasons to choose an older dog.

They might not be as cute and cuddly as a puppy, but older dogs, and even dogs that might be considered geriatric, can be a great addition to your pack. Here are a few great reasons why:

1. Their Personalities Are Fully Formed

Training and socializing can go a long way to changing problem behavior, but let’s be real: dogs have distinct personalities, and no amount of training is going to change their basic nature.

Choosing an older dog can help you to select a dog that fits your family and your lifestyle exactly, and there’s no guessing whether they’ll be an exuberant leaper, or a cozy foot warming snuggle bunny. You’ll know!

You will know if they’re a little off with strange dogs, or great with kids, or if the mere sight of a cat turns them into rampaging fools. That makes integrating a lot easier!

2. Many Health Conditions Would Have Shown Up Already

There are certain canine health conditions that do start later in life, but many show up early too. When you adopt an older dog, you can eliminate some of the more common early onset conditions, because they would have shown up already. Any conditions that are present will be diagnosed too, so there won’t be any surprises… for a while at least!

3. No Toilet Training!

Most older dogs have already gone through toilet training. They know all about where and when to do their business, so you don’t have to go through the training (and the warm, squishy surprises on the floor!)

4. Or Midnight Serenades

Ahhh… puppies. The only creatures that still look cute after their high-pitched howling woke you, the rest of the house, the street, and the neighborhood at 4AM.

Older dogs will already be accustomed to sleeping patterns, and they won’t sing you the song of their people in the early hours of the morning. Perfect.

5. They Deserve It

Perhaps the most important reason to choose an older dog rather than a puppy (if you’re adopting), is because all dogs deserve a loving home. Whether you’re for or against breeders, or whether you love a particular breed, or just a specific kind of dog (big, small, goofy or regal), every dog that is already on the planet can and should have a great home, so they can get back to the business of what they’re made for: being our best friends.

So, if you are looking for a new dog, and you do want to get these benefits, take a trip to the shelter, or look in the classifieds for older dogs that need good homes. Your new best bud is out there, and he (or she) might well have a few miles on the clock.

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