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Common Misconceptions About Adopting a Senior Dog

There are quite a few myths and misconceptions people have about adopting an older dog. Some of these misconceptions actually keep people from adding a senior dog to their homes, so it is important to know that these ideas are wrong. Don’t let these persuade you from making a decision and think about your life with your new furry friend.

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They are set in their ways.
Older dogs can be seen as stubborn and hard to break, but that is not the case. Senior dogs may be used to certain routines, but they are not impossible to change. They love routines, and if you want them to follow a new one, they will adapt much faster than you might think.

It will take too long to readjust.
If you greet them with love and respect they will know that you are giving them a loving home. Be gentle with them and know that the adjustment will happen over time. Senior dogs will adjust depending on how you treat them, so don’t rush the process, love them, and shower them with patience.

You won’t have as much time together.
While adopting a senior dog can be seen as having a shorter amount of time together, you never know. Life is unpredictable and dogs can live beyond 20 years. Not allowing yourself to experience the love of a dog because of fear, is truly missing out.

You won’t be able to bond with them.
This could not be more wrong! True, you won’t be able to see them physically grow from a puppy to a senior dog, but they are still always changing and thriving. Getting close with an older dog allows you to see things from a new and different point of view, that you would have otherwise missed. They need you more than ever, and because of that, it is easy to create a deep bond between the two of you.

Don’t let these little things interfere with your opinion of adopting senior dogs! They are loving and caring animals that will positively impact your life as a whole. If you meet the perfect pet for your needs, don’t let age be the deciding factor, and rather think of all the amazing time you will be spending together. Senior dogs are the least likely to get adopted, so next time you are thinking of adding to your family, remember to adopt not shop, and look for the perfect fit.

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1 reply
  1. Prince says:

    There are many myths and misconceptions about adopting seniors pets. According to my experience, there is something incredibly special about senior dogs. They don’t only have so much to offer, but they have this amazing ability to change those around them for the better.


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