You might have thought about rescuing a dog from a shelter, but have you considered that an older dog could be your perfect canine companion? Older dogs often find themselves looking for a new home in their twilight years because their owner may have died, moved away or welcomed a new baby into the house. Their ‘vintage’ means they are sometimes overlooked, which is such a shame as dogs make faithful friends at any age – and in fact may be a better fit for a prospective owner than a puppy.
Dog’s Trust looks after many of these old souls at Oakfield Old Dogs Home, a cosy old cottage complete with squidgy sofas, treats on hand and space to roam, where dogs that are struggling to adapt to kennel life can stay until they find their new home – no matter how long it takes.
Could there be a place in your heart and home for one of these golden oldies? We have teamed up with Dog’s Trust to give you seven good reasons why you should consider rescuing an older dog….
- BETTER BEHAVED
Older dogs tend to have better manners, come housetrained and are not as destructive as a puppy.
- CALMER & LESS DEMANDING
Older dogs are often calmer and more relaxing to be around. They also need less exercise leaving more time for yourself.
- LOVE & COMPANIONSHIP
Like all dogs, older dogs crave love and companionship. If they have lost their previous owner or had a traumatic separation, they will be happy and grateful to form a bond with their new owner.
- NO SURPRISES
When rehoming an older dog what you see is what you get. His personality has already been shaped, so there should be no surprises in the future.
- NEW TRICKS!
You can teach an old dog new tricks! Older dogs still enjoy mental stimulation and training as long as it is not too physically strenuous.
- AGE IS JUST A NUMBER
Dogs over the age of seven are considered by some to be old, but this depends a lot on the breed. The ‘average’ life expectancy of a dog is 13 years, however smaller breeds tend to live longer than larger breeds.
- FINANCIAL SUPPORT
You may think that older dogs are more likely to have been diagnosed with health problems and worry about the cost implications of rehoming an older dog. In some circumstances Dog’s Trust may offer financial support for identified conditions, so don’t let this put you off!