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Ten Reasons To Adopt An Older Dog

From The Senior Dog Project


1. Older dogs are housetrained. You won't have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house-manners and mopping up after accidents.

Won't Chew Your Shoes

2. Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won't chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.

Learn Quickly

3. Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.

Know What "No" Means

4. Older dogs have learned what "no" means. If they hadn't learned it, they wouldn't have gotten to be "older" dogs.

Settle In Easily

5. Older dogs settle in easily, because they've learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.


6. Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they've been given.

Personality Is Developed

7. What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.

Great Companions

8. Older dogs are instant companions -- ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do.

Leave You To Yourself

9. Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don't make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.

Sleep All Night

10. Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they're accustomed to human schedules and don't generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

To learn more about the pleasures of older dog adoption, please visit the Senior Dogs Project at



Worry About Leaving A Pet


Older people might be anxious about traveling or a hospital visit because it means leaving a pet behind. It's not unusual for an elder to worry about what would happen to his pet if it is left alone because the owner is injured, becomes seriously ill, or if the pet outlives him. There is all kinds of help available including financial aid. Take a look.


Scared Dog

Approaching A Scared Dog

Ella Traver | ElderThink


When a pup is scared, it's better to let him decide to come up to you. Turn your body and head to the side, even looking away while you talk to the dog. Be careful about staring directly at him. Stand back a little so you aren't directly over him. Speak softly and gently.


Instead of smiling, yawn. Trust me, it works.


When he is calm, make a fist and let the dog smell it. Then very slowly and gently touch his chest first with gentle pressure and then move your hand up and take his collar.


Soon that tail will wag.

Man Hugging Dog

Do Pets Actually Reduce Their Human's Blood Pressure?


Current research in the US, Europe and Australia suggests that people who own pets have lower blood pressure than people who do not own pets. So far, this new research is inconclusive but many of us have experienced the times when these amazing furry friends know we need them and they have a calming effect on us. If you are curious, here are a few reports from researchers:


For Seniors: Pets Are Just Plain Healthy; Ed Kane, Ph.D.


The Role of Pets in Enhancing Human Well-being: Effects for Older People Lynette A. Hart


Pet Ownershiop and Attachment as Supportive Factors in the Health of the Elderly Thomas F. Garrity

ASPCA Worker With Kitten

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The ASPCA operates in various program areas, including Anti-Cruelty, Animal Health Services, Community Outreach and Government Relations.


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