When we consider adopting dogs from local animal shelters, generally, we want to grow with a puppy. However, there are a lot of reasons to choose older dogs. ASPCA declares November to be Adopt a Senior Dog Month - and for good reason. Here is why it's great to choose an older dog.
For starters, puppies are adorable; but they teeth and wet themselves anywhere at any time. Because they have not had proper training just yet, they may be disobedient and mistrusting to people and other companion pets. All of these combinations can be frustrating to new pet owners. However, most of these problems that arise with adopting a puppy do not happen with older dogs.
Senior dogs are always potty-trained and still have a lot of life to live. While they may not move as quickly as puppies, they can still go for hikes, jogs and trips to local dog parks. They will listen better than puppies at this point in their lives and they will be able to learn new tricks despite what the old sage tells us.
Approximately 670,000 dogs are euthanized in the United States with another 3700 dogs in Canada each year at animal shelters because they have been in shelters too long. Isn't it time to find these old dogs a forever home?