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Five Advantages of Adopting an Older Dog

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Five million dogs and cats are killed yearly in US shelters and it’s the older generation who goes first. If your thinking about adopting a dog maybe you should think about going a little older and saving a dogs life! Here are five reasons to help you make this decision.

  1. Older dogs are calmer and wiser and are more likely to adjust to your environment quickly. They will not cause mischief like a younger dog. An older dog knows how to sit still where as a puppy simply chooses to do what it wants, when it wants.
  2. Older dogs seem to appreciate the love and care of their new owner. It’s like they feel as if they’ve been given a second chance. Older pets in a shelter may suffer from depression. This is your chance to give them love and happiness.
  3. Although older dogs may have health problems, they do not generally require as much care and attention from you. They are secure in their life. Taking a shorter walk in the park rather then jogging for two hours is more preferred by an older dog.
  4. Older dogs are often trained to follow commands and are often toilet trained.
  5. It’s easier to make an assessment on an older dogs behavior and temperament.

Remember, your pets count!

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