The rewards of sharing your home and heart with a senior dog
Did you know dogs are considered "senior citizens" at the age of just 7 years old? Because dogs have accelerated life spans, their bodies begin taking on geriatric characteristics around the age of 7 or 8. Most veterinarians will recommend annual senior check-ups beginning at age 7 and soon follow with senior diet recommendations as the dog gradually begins to slow down. Small breed dogs such as Miniature Schnauzers are blessed with sometimes very long life spans. The normal life expectancy of a Miniature Schnauzer is 12-16 years so even a dog of 8 or 9 or 10 can have many happy years remaining.
Rewards of a Senior Dog
Here are some of the rewards and benefits of adopting a senior dog that should not be overlooked when considering adoption
Companionship. . .
Senior dogs whose lives have been disrupted in their later years have so much love to give and like nothing better than giving it. They tend to rely heavily on their owner for companionship and therefore bond very quickly. The desire to reciprocate the companionship given to them is very strong.
Ease of Care. . .
Senior dogs, in most cases, do not have the same exercise requirements as their younger counterparts. They have experienced the chewing/destructive stage long ago, and want nothing more than a soft lap or couch to snuggle on. Their daily/weekly walks can be therapeutic for both dog and owner! Although some senior dogs may require more frequent veterinary visits, the joys of owning a senior dog will greatly outweigh the effort involved, as will the extra years of companionship gained.
Seniors for Seniors. . .
Matching seniors to seniors is an attractive concept used by many animal rescue/humane organizations. When an older dog can be successfully matched with a senior citizen it's a win / win situation, resulting in quality retirement companionship for both. The lifestyle requirements of an older person often mix nicely with the lifestyle of an older dog. Won't you consider sharing your retirement years with one of these older dogs?
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?. . .
You certainly can. While it may take an older dog a bit longer to adjust to new situations, they can; they will; they do. Their only requirement is to be given the opportunity. Generally, older dogs are calmer and therefore will focus much easier on what you are trying to teach them.
Spencer and his owner