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Why You Should Consider Adopting a Senior Pug

Millions of pets end up in shelters each year and many of them never find a new forever home. Puppies, kittens, and younger pets tend to go quickly while older dogs often end up spending the final months or years of their life in the shelter system. If you are thinking about adopting a dog, consider bringing home a senior dog rather than a puppy or a young adult. Keep reading to learn the pros and cons of adopting a senior Pug and how to make the transition.

The Top 5 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog

When you step into a shelter, the sight of so many homeless dogs can be overwhelming. The shelter system can be scary for dogs, so many of them become withdrawn. Puppies and younger dogs are a little more resilient than older dogs, so they may be less affected by the shelter environment and more likely to play well with potential adopters. Older dogs are just as worthy of a loving home, however, so before you take home a puppy consider the top five reasons to adopt a senior dog:

  1. Older dogs are usually housetrained. When you bring home a puppy, one of your first challenges is housetraining. The benefit of older dogs is that they are already likely to be housetrained.
  2. Many senior dogs are trained for obedience. Many senior dogs enter the shelter system with some level of obedience training under their belts which makes your job easier.
  3. An older dog may have fewer behavioral problems. Many of the older dogs that end up in shelters are abandoned because their families simply couldn’t keep them any long, not because of behavior problems that are common in puppies and adolescent dogs.
  4. Senior dogs have already surpassed the puppy phase. A senior dog tends to be calmer and less excitable than a puppy, especially with a low-energy breed like the Pug.
  5. A senior dog’s personality is less likely to change. A puppy’s personality may change as he gets older but senior dogs are what they are, for the most part, which makes it easier to determine whether he might be a good fit for your family.

Tips for Adopting an Older Pug

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and adopt an older Pug, here are some tips for transitioning your new dog into the family:

  • Set up a space in your home for your Pug to call his own before you bring him home – it should include his crate, a comfy bed, his food and water dishes, as well as an assortment of toys.
  • When you first bring your Pug home, give him some time to rest by himself.
  • Let your Pug start to explore the house and interact with family members when he is ready – it could take a few days for your Pug to settle in and become comfortable.
  • Create a schedule for meal times, walks, and bed time then do your best to stick to it – a routine will help your Pug settle in more quickly.
  • If you decide to feed your Pug something different from what he ate in the shelter, transition him slowly onto the new diet over the course of at least a week.

Adopting a dog is a noble and wonderful thing. Depending what kind of shelter you adopt from, you could very well be saving a life. Though it is unclear just how much dogs truly understand, many dog owners say that their adopted dogs have a sense of understanding that they have been rescued and they are forever grateful. If you’re thinking about getting a Pug, consider adopting a senior dog over a puppy.

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