Think adopting a senior dog might be right for you? It takes a special person that has the love and patience to open their home to an adult dog. We hope you seriously consider many factors before you take on this rewarding experience. There are many positives about adopting an older dog. For one, you won’t have to deal with all of that “puppy energy”, chewing and potty training. Most older dogs come very well house trained and are very content adjusting to your schedule. However, adopting an older dog does require some patience and understanding. Don’t set your expectations of your new pet too high. Expect there to be some hiccups along the way and a period of adjustment.
Some common misconceptions when it comes to senior dog adoption are:
- Expecting your new pet to act just like they did at Bob’s House
- Expecting your new pet to be house trained to your schedule right away
- Expecting an instant relationship with your new pet
- Expecting them to eat well right away
- Expecting them to understand all of your rules right away
Keep in mind that it will take time for your new pet to settle into your home and schedule. Expect some nervousness and confusion as they adjust to their new surroundings. It helps to be very consistent with potting, feeding schedules and enforcing any rules. Refrain from being angry or punitive with your new family member when they make a mistake. Reward positive behavior with praise and petting. Typically seniors are very eager to please.
Maintain a consistent routine and before too long we are sure you’ll find your new pet will soon act like a long time family member. Adopting a senior dog can be a very rewarding experience. The effort and patience shown initially will be met with unconditional love from your newest family member.
Nikki Heck, Adoption Coordinator, Bob’s House for Dogs