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Young at Heart: Adopting Senior Dogs!

Getting a Senior Dog home is the most fulfilling thing we say! When animals choose to adopt us, they don't look at how old we are, where we are based, and how we look, they simply love us. They expect the same love in return, and we can offer them exactly that. Let’s take a look at why a Senior Dog could be your next best choice as a furry friend for life!


When one decides to get a furry friend home, some pet parents don't consider Senior Dogs as their first choice. Have you ever wondered why?


The common phenomenon of 'watching a puppy grow' influences our decision and makes us connect with a breeder or look out for puppies available for adoption. But in all of this, we often forget that all dogs offer unconditional love and support, whether it is a 3-month-old pup or a 3-year-old dog.




Why sponsor a breeder to get you a young puppy when there are plenty of adult and senior dogs longing for loving families at animal shelters? When animals choose to adopt us, they don't look at how old we are, where we are based, and how we look, they simply love us. They expect the same love in return, and we can offer them exactly that.


There is a myth that says that old dogs cannot be trained, can’t adapt well with the family, and aren’t as loving. These misconceptions are truly baseless but our solutions are not. Older dogs are not necessarily “problem dogs” even though it has been portrayed like that.


At All Ears, we believe there is no specific age to train a dog. Training simply means offering your dog guidance and direction as a pack leader and making them independent of understanding what is desirable behavior and what is not. Hence, even when a senior dog moves into your house permanently, he looks up to you for support to help him learn the rules, he trusts the fact that you know better. This level of maturity can work well when you are a first-time pet parent or quite old yourself to handle a puppy.


SHARING OUR EXPERIENCE

Leading by example, our co-founder and head trainer, Divya Sanbhwani, decided to adopt a 5-year-old rescued dog from a local animal shelter, who was abandoned by her previous family 4 years ago and spent her prime years by herself, waiting for someone to take her home. When asked the reason behind this initiative, she said, “I have always wanted a dog as a part of my family, but because of work commitments and family restrictions, I was never allowed. The moment I saw Zoey, it was love at first sight. We had a connection and it’s like she waited all these years for me to take her home. I couldn’t bring home a pup because my parents are older and were not ready for the responsibility of a playful puppy. “




“With my dad retiring, I decided to get Zoey home and since then, our lives have changed for the better. She is gentle, understanding, and obedient, she knows what it’s like to live without a family, so she values and appreciates this second chance more than anything. She doesn’t bring the house down during play, rather sits by us and brings us solace. Her hopeful spirit teaches us to work for the betterment of animals, and even though I call myself a dog trainer, I strongly believe she’s trained me to train others”




BENEFITS OF ADOPTING A SENIOR DOG:


1. Temperament- They are generally calmer, more mature, and more focused than younger dogs. Furthermore, Senior Dogs are known to be just as affectionate and playful as any of the younger pups and extremely appreciative of the love you bring into their lives.


2. Independent of Humans- Furry oldies are comparatively more independent than puppies and require less attention unless you have adopted a dog with special needs which is as noble as bringing a senior home.


3. Training Ability- These Dogs have probably been trained, if not, they are quite receptive to learning something new. They are quick learners and don’t need treats as a source of reinforcement for commands, they trust us and listen almost instantly. Even when it comes to adjusting with other pets in the house, they are more open to sharing their space of love and don’t feel the need to be possessive about their things or people.


4. Adaptability- Senior dogs will not destroy your possessions. They adapt well to our lives and mold into our daily routines like adults would eventually do. Moreover, they have passed the teething and biting stage of their life and focus on safe play.


5. Developed Personalities- Older dogs have grown into their shape, size, temperament, and personality. You know exactly who you’re adopting, so there won’t be a ton of surprises like you might get with a puppy!



PERCEIVING THE WORLD FROM THEIR EYES

While Senior Dogs are accepting, loving, and adapt well into our lives, we must also learn to help them smoothen their transition into a new home by giving them the time, space, and emotional support that they need to settle in. As they learn, pet parents should learn alongside their pets to mold into their pet’s lives as well. They are not only a part of our families, but they are here on their individual journeys to accomplish and fulfill what is meant for them as well.


Let’s look at another beautiful story of Cutie, a 7-year-old rescued Labrador, who was adopted by a family of three, trained by All Ears, sharing their experience, ”When my family and I decided to adopt Cutie, we didn’t care about her past or focus on why she was abandoned, we simply wanted to make sure we give her a loving future. She became a therapy dog for my family and even gelled in well with my two senior cats. Training her was so easy I have been walking her off-leash since day 1 as she is mature and well-versed with the streets. She knows she has found a permanent home, in our hearts.”


Animals not only love, care, and support us in every way they can; they also protect, guide, and teach us to value the important things in our life that actually hold great significance.


IN CONCLUSION

Starting today, let’s support all kinds and extend our love unconditionally. After all, age is just a state of mind. Make a conscious choice of choosing a fur-ever friend with the aim of all dogs being loved equally, regardless of their breed, age or temperament.


Do not let your inhibitions or some myths hold you back, their lives are as valuable and beautiful as ours, so giving them an opportunity to spend it with us will only benefit us more than it will benefit them.


We urge you to consider adopting a senior dog or cat as they deserve loving homes as much as anyone else. It’s up to you to take the opportunity onto yourself to provide them with a beautiful life.



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