Let’s be honest, puppies are stinkin’ cute. Even when they aren’t cute, they are still CUTE. We see a picture of a tiny pup and our cute aggression overwhelms us. It is our natural instinct to want to shelter and protect these baby animals, but what about older dogs? While some people may not get that overwhelming urge to “squish” a full grown dog, there are plenty of reasons why they are amazing. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider adopting an older dog:
- Get Your Beauty Sleep
What many people fail to consider when they first adopt that tiny pup is that they don’t just need a lot of attention, they need it around the clock. Think your puppy will just hit the hay when you do? Think again. You will be woken up by desperate cries throughout the night. With older dogs, most of them will sleep through the night, no problem.
- Calmer Environment
No one wants to come home from work to a chewed up house, and be greeted by their dog running laps around their breakable furniture. Not only will older dogs sleep through the night, but probably for most of the day as well! This doesn’t mean you don’t have to exercise your older dog, but it will help you achieve that “chill zone” we all desperately want after a long day.
- Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks
People are always saying “old dogs can’t learn new tricks” but oh, how wrong they are! With the same care and dedication you would put into training a puppy, older dogs can change or learn new habits. That’s assuming they don’t already know basic commands or tricks when you adopt them!
- You May Save Their Life
According to the ASPCA, approximately 670,000 dogs are euthanized each year in shelters. While no-kill shelters are definitely increasing year over year, they are just not able to keep up with the large influxes of pets. Unfortunately, getting adopted can be much more challenging for older dogs, putting them at risk for euthanasia. So, you may very well be saving your best friends life.
- Rescue Dog Bond
After being rescued from an unhappy situation, dogs are likely to be eternally grateful. It can lead to an exceptionally strong bond and loyalty, that you may not get with raising a puppy from birth.
Interested in adopting? You can view a list of adoptable pets in Austin here. You may just find your next best friend! 🙂