Most people go to the SPCA looking for the cutest puppy, but the older dogs need homes too. There are a lot of benefits of adopting an older pet.
For instance, you don’t have to go through the whole “puppy training” phase or the “I need to eat everything” phase. They can also be lower maintenance depending on the breed that you get. Older dogs make great pets for anyone who has a busy lifestyle or can’t find the time needed to train a puppy properly but still wants the benefits that a dog brings.
They are also an excellent option for older people who might not be physically able to or don’t have the energy to keep up with a young puppy. Often a senior dog will help keep older people active and give them something to keep their mind busy throughout the day without being an overwhelming amount of work (like a puppy would be). Senior dogs are usually a bit more aloof and are just happy to be around you. They often require less exercise as they typically have less energy than a young puppy.
However, they still need to get regular exercise to keep their muscles and joints active. Depending on the breed you choose, a senior dog could also be a great addition to your family if you live in an apartment as they are sometimes quieter than active puppies are. If you are looking for a more active dog but still want a senior, there are lots of different breeds to choose from that are still quite energetic as seniors.
I adopted a senior pet about five years ago now, and it was a great decision. He was the perfect addition to me as I work long, often unpredictable hours. He is so loving and just happy to be at home sleeping for most of the day. When I get home, he is always excited to see me. He is so quiet in my apartment that a couple of my neighbours didn’t know that I had him until they saw me taking him out for a walk one afternoon.
Written by Nicole Dupuis