Why Daddy and other senior dogs make great companions!
By Cesar Millan
Been there, done that! That's the attitude of many senior dogs. As dogs age, they become calmer, their need for exercise (and even discipline) decreases, and they're more up for accepting affection! Senior dogs may be more relaxed, but their appreciation of a balanced human caretaker is the same.
Many people don't consider the benefits of adopting a senior dog, so when these pups make their way to shelters and rescues, they often have a hard time finding a home. But senior dogs can make great companions. They're often laid-back, lower energy, and housebroken! I would especially recommend them to humans who are in the same stage of life. You can relate to your dog's attitude - it's all about taking it easy! But you don't have to be a senior citizen to appreciate the easygoing and loving companionship of an older dog.
I would not recommend senior dogs for households with young children. The excitable energy of kids is completely opposite the relaxed energy of a senior dog. Also, many older dogs suffer from the aches and pains of age. Even a well-intentioned child can overwhelm or accidentally injure the dog, which may even provoke the dog to nip in defense. I also would not recommend an older dog for those who have a high energy lifestyle. These dogs may not be up to the physical challenge!
Before taking home a senior dog, it is important to consider where you stand financially. Some dogs may be too old to qualify for insurance. Can you handle the bills when a health problem strikes? As Daddy can attest, the benefits of an elderly canine companion far outweigh the challenges. If there's one being that knows me well, it's Daddy! He knows me better than my mom, my kids, my therapist, even my wife! And I am grateful for every moment I have with him.
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