Six Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog

Written by Emily Bertram, Social Media Manager with Grey Face Rescue & Retirement

If you’re a dog lover like me, you probably struggle with the fact that you can’t bring all dogs home with you. From little puppies to big dogs, every pooch has a place in a dog lover’s heart. Young pups are cute as can be, and so fun to spend time with, but there’s something really special about an old dog. Dog years don’t lie – they are wiser than you think. If you’re considering adopting a new dog, I urge you to consider adoption a senior dog, and here are some reasons why.

1.  They’re probably already trained
Older dogs are experienced and they probably already have had certain training. For example, they’re likely house-broken, probably leash-trained, and maybe even crate-trained or more. This will save you, as the adopter, from having to spend time addressing these issues from day one.

2. They are less “work”
Older dogs are less energetic than puppies, of course. Therefore, they require less exercise, are probably less hyper when you’re trying to relax, and don’t likely need to be “worn out” regularly. This can save adopters time and energy as well. But don’t worry,  your old pooch will still enjoy a leisurely walk on a nice day followed by belly rubs and a nap!

3. They’ve grown out of their bad habits
This also goes back to being trained. Older dogs have likely grown out of their bad habits, such as chewing on shoes, furniture, etc., having accidents in the house, getting into food they shouldn’t, jumping up on people, barking and more. If you adopt an older dog, you won’t have to worry about spending a lot of time fighting these bad habits (or replacing your shoes, for that matter).

4. They make great companions for young children
A lot of times, older dogs have been around a variety of people throughout their lives. Therefore, they’ve learned to be gentle with kids. Older dogs love to cuddle and nap, and would love for their little humans to join them. Adopting an older dog can not only be a fun addition to your family, but also give your little ones their new best friend.

5. They have learned to love unconditionally
Older dogs already know that they need to trust humans. Humans give them food, water, shelter and more – and they’ve learned to appreciate that. You will gain the trust and love of your older dog right away, and in turn they will give you their unconditional love from day one. 

6. You’re changing their lives
When you adopt an older dog, you can have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve saved their lives and made their last years very special. These faithful companions deserve to live their glory years with comfort, love, and happiness – and you can provide them that. 

Adopting a dog is a big decision, and it’s important to know what you’re prepared for. Older dogs might not have the spunk and energy that puppies do, but they do have the heart – and more importantly, the need. At Grey Face Rescue & Retirement, we encourage you to consider adopting a senior dog. But if you’re not quite ready yet, please reach out to us and we will happily answer any of your questions or concerns.