Why You Should Adopt an Older Dog

Dog Retirement Home in Upstate NY

Raising a dog from its very first weeks or months is a fulfilling experience, and there’s no denying that puppies are adorable. But if you stop for a moment to consider adopting an older or senior dog, you’ll find that their companionship is just as satisfying—and they’re just as cute — as a puppy!

Giving an older dog the joy and happiness they deserve is rewarding in a way that simply cannot be paralleled. If you’re still on the fence, check out a few of the other advantages of opening your heart and home to a senior pooch!

An older dog is already trained.

Training a puppy requires a lot of time, money, and patience. A dog with some years under their belt will already know the basics! Older dogs are house trained, well-mannered, and more obedient. All they want to do is make you happy and they know that listening to your commands is one of the best ways to do that. Plus, because of their experience, an older pup is also more likely to understand what you’re asking of them right away.

You know exactly what you’re getting.

Bringing home a fully-grown dog with a refined personality will guarantee there are no surprises in your future! You’ll be well-informed of the dog’s size, health conditions, and grooming requirements right away. An older dog’s fully developed personality also makes it easier to find a furry friend who will be the right fit for your home and family, since you already know what they’re like.

Save a life.

An unfortunate reality of the world is that senior dogs are less likely to be adopted and the first to be euthanized in overcrowded shelters. When you adopt an older dog—instead of a puppy who will have no trouble finding a home—you’re giving them a second chance at life! In return, you’ll experience unconditional love and devotion as you allow them to live out their golden years in happiness.

If unexpected life circumstances have put you in a position where you’re unable to care for your older pup, it’s important to know that there are alternatives to an overpopulated shelter. At Silver Streak Kennels, we will happily take in dogs of any age and treat them as if they were our own! Our experienced professionals are dedicated and constantly working to ensure the health and happiness of our furry friends.

Contact us today to learn more about providing your dog with the fresh air, freedom, top-quality care, and loving family at our spacious country farm in Upstate New York!