The Benefits Of Owning An Older Dog

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The Benefits Of Owning An Older Dog

by Janie Knetzer

A Gentle Kind Of Fun...

Over the years my husband and I have rescued many dogs of different ages. Being avid dog lovers, all of our dogs have been rescued from shelters and rescue organizations. For us, senior dogs have always been our favorites. Their gentle nature and no-nonsense attitudes have worked well for our busy schedules.

Remember, a dog that reaches the age of eight is considered a senior dog. What's nice about adopting a dog around this particular age is that they are generally calmer, but still fairly healthy and enjoy a little playtime as well. Unlike their younger counterparts, senior dogs don't demand your constant attention. That is not to be said that they don't enjoy a regular routine, because they do. Infact by keeping a schedule and following a routine for your dog no matter what the age, your dog will always be more relaxed knowing he can count on this. A daily walk, scheduled feeding times and cuddling up beside you while you're watching a movie or reading a book is heaven for your dog. Develop a daily routine that works well for you and your dog and you will be the owner of a very good dog. Since senior dogs aren't quite as energetic as puppies, they will sleep more often. This means that it's often up to the owners to provide a little push to make sure that their best friend gets the adequate exercise he needs to stay fit.

Kids And Senior Dogs...

If you are considering an older dog and you do have small children, there are some things to keep in mind. Just like older human beings, senior dogs have more aches and pains which means that they might not have the patience for kids climbing on them or tugging at them. We recommend that parents teach their children from a very early age the importance of respecting dogs and other animals. Teach them to be gentle, kind and treat them like they would like to be treated if they were "the dog". So, if you want to adopt an older dog and you do have small children we suggest observing the older dogs disposition carefully. Is he relaxed around kids or does he try and get away from them. If the dog tries to move away or backs off from the child, then chances are that he's uncomfortable with children. This doesn't mean that he's a "bad" dog, it just means that maybe he's lived with children before and wasn't treated so kindly or the sudden movements of kids scare him. For families with small children, we recommend looking for a dog that gently comes to the children on his own with a nice wag of his tail.

Senior Dogs Have Slim Chances For Rescue...

The one drawback to rescuing a senior dog is that we won't have as much time with them as we would like. With this in mind, if you do decide to rescue an older dog, you can feel good as a person knowing that "you have done a good thing" by putting aside your own feelings to make a difference for something less fortunate. We hope this article proves to be beneficial to your decision.

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