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The Pros and Cons of Adopting a Senior Dog

on June 08, 2023


Adopting a senior dog can be a wonderful and rewarding experience for a person and a life-changing – or even life-saving – experience for an older dog. Suppose you’re considering adopting an older dog. In that case, it’s important to understand that senior dog ownership has pros and cons, both of which should be considered when making such a life-changing decision.




Some of the biggest pros of adopting a senior dog are that they are often already trained, settled into their personalities, and are generally more well-behaved than a younger dog or puppy. They have typically passed the "chewing everything in sight" phase and have a better understanding of boundaries within a household. Additionally, their personalities may not change as much as a developing puppy, and they are generally more relaxed and lower maintenance. Senior dogs also tend to bond quickly and deeply with their new owners, which can be incredibly fulfilling.


A senior dog is also usually a good fit for an apartment and/or city living. When it comes to city-dwelling, senior dogs can be a great choice as they tend to be more relaxed and have lower energy than puppies and younger dogs. They also have a more calm and relaxed attitude, which can be helpful in an urban environment with lots of stimuli and opportunities for a youthful reaction.


Another pro of adopting a senior dog is that you are giving a dog a second chance at a loving home. Many senior dogs are surrendered to shelters by previous owners who can no longer care for them, or in some cases, are a poor fit at home. By adopting a senior dog, you are not only providing a loving home for a dog in need, but you're also opening up space at the shelter for another dog to be rescued.




On the flip side, there can be drawbacks or “con”siderations to keep in mind when adopting a senior dog. One of the most significant is that many senior dogs require additional care and attention regarding their health. It’s common for senior dogs to have pre-existing conditions, such as arthritis or heart disease, that require ongoing medical treatment. Due to their age, they may also have a shorter lifespan, which can be emotionally challenging for their owners.



Senior dogs may also need help adjusting to a new home and environment. They may be more set in their ways and struggle with adapting to routine or changes in their living situation. These challenges can be overcome with patience, kindness, and positive reinforcement. Resources, including blogs about resocialization, are found frequently in this post-pandemic world, mirroring some issues a new senior dog owner may face.


Ultimately, the decision to adopt a senior dog should be based on the individual dog and its compatibility with your lifestyle. If you're willing and able to provide the extra care and attention that a senior dog may need, the rewards of adopting a senior dog can be immeasurable. Make sure to visit a few shelters or look at local rescues site to meet some senior dogs before deciding. You never know; you might fall in love with a senior pup who will steal your heart!


In Conclusion

Adopting a senior dog can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, but it's important to understand the pros and cons before deciding. When you make an informed choice, and with the proper care and attention, a senior dog can be a loving and loyal companion for many years.


Ensure you have everything to set up a senior dog space in your home. Check out all of the offerings available at K9 & Company today!


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