We’ve all heard that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks- but that’s what we call “fake news” because you most certainly can! Senior pets are great for everyone from small children to mature adults for a lot of reasons, and you’ll be happy to know that you’re doing more than just adding a new furry member to your family- you’re saving a life!

Senior Dogs Have Better Behavior

You can skip putting down the newspaper with your pup, since most older dogs have spent years learning from and socializing with humans. This means they’re more likely to know and respond to commands like sit, stay, lay down and of course where to go to the bathroom! Plus, since grown up dogs are well past their search-and-destroy phase, pet owners can enjoy a less destructive lifestyle. Their experience with humans combined with a more relaxed attitude means that they’re better capable of focusing on the task at hand, so teaching them new tricks is easier and less stressful for you and your pup.

Senior Dogs Are Great Friends

We know that dogs can help people with anxiety, depression and other physical and mental ailments, and senior dogs are great for these people. Older pups are more relaxed, and are content to just chill out with their owners instead of trying to burn off energy. This is especially true for senior citizens, and can help keep both the pet and pet owner feeling young! Families with small children can also breathe a little easier, as they can help toddlers learn how to treat animals, and even help teens learn about responsibility.

Senior Dogs Make Everyone Feel Good!

Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat, because the pet shows them a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animalsthis is because senior pets are more grateful for adoption, which means you can be a hero to a deserving dog or cat.

There are so many reasons as to why you should adopt a senior dog, but the minute you meet your grown-up pup and look into their eyes- you’ll know!