8 reasons to adopt a senior dog.

Old dogs are often the last to be chosen and the first to be euthanised. But there's still a lot of life - and love - left in seniors.
Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 15 August 2017

Senior dogs are seriously experienced in the art of friendship …

No dog wants to end up homeless — after all, sitting in a cage at a pound is hardly anyone’s idea of a good time. Tragically, the dogs who wait the longest to be chosen are often the ones with the least time to waste. Next time you think of extending your canine family, here are a few reasons why you should consider sharing your life with a senior dog:

1. Because there’s still a puppy in there somewhere!

Sure, an older dog might be a little slower than the young whippersnappers but even the most elderly dog will have ‘puppy moments’ — expressions of fun-loving play that are so joyful, they will make anyone see right past the grey hairs!

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2. Because they’re the last to be chosen

Adoption fees for older dogs are often significantly reduced, because these dogs wait so long to find homes. You can use the money you save to splurge on some great new dog toys to help welcome your new friend into your home (and encourage the puppy within!)

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3. Because the hard work is often already done for you

Most older dogs are already house-trained, know basic commands, and are typically less destructive than puppies (they’re well past the ‘chewing’ stage!)

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4. Because old dogs don’t belong in a pound

Older dogs can become easily disorientated and anxious in pounds and shelters. Tragically, many older dogs have ended up there after their elderly best friend has passed away or moved to a nursing home — meaning these dogs have not only lost their homes, but will be suffering from the added heartbreak of losing their best — and sometimes only — friend.

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5. Because they’re often more interested in cuddles than heaps of exercise

So if you lead a pretty relaxed lifestyle, a senior dog could make the perfect companion to share snuggles on the couch with!

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6. Because they’re friendship experts

After all their years of being ‘man’s best friend’, older dogs have pretty much nailed the art of friendship — all they need now is an actual friend!

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7. Because old dogs CAN learn new tricks

They will have developed unique personalities and come with all the wisdom that a long life brings — but this doesn’t mean that they won’t adapt to a loving new home, and be eager to interact with their new best friends. A senior dog will be just as happy to show off how clever they are with proper training — just throw in an extra dash of patience and TLC (treats help too).

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8. Because the only thing an older dog wants is someone to love them

… and they’ll gratefully return the favour.

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Senior dogs are tragically often the last to be chosen — and the first to be euthanised.

By temporarily fostering or permanently adopting an older dog, you will not only be enriching your life — but you will be giving an old dog the chance to enjoy their golden years as all oldies should.

If you’re ready to open your heart and home to a golden oldie, check out Savour Life or Pet Rescue‘s senior dog listings, or enquire with your local rescue group or shelter.