If you’re considering adopting a dog, you might be looking for puppy breeders in your local areas. Adopting a puppy can be an exciting adventure that will completely transform your life. However, adopting a senior dog can be just as beneficial and wonderful. Older dogs can form a deeper bond with their owners as you change their lives for the better. As a result, dogs are immediately appreciative of the person who adopts them.
Older dogs are also house-trained compared to puppies, so you’re unlikely to come back home to discovered accidental damages and chewing mishaps. They are also much calmer and quieter than puppies, making them a fantastic choice for a family. However, families also need to be prepared to meet the needs of their new companion. Here are some tips to help you get the house ready for a senior dog.
#1. Comfort is key
A senior dog requires a comfortable and accessible home. Staircases can be an issue for older dogs. So, if you have a bungalow home or if you can create a safe and cosy bedroom with luxury dog beds and blankets on the ground floor, you can welcome a senior dog at home. It’s worth buying a special dog mattress that will keep your pet comfortable at night. Sleeping on the floor can be cold and encourage rheumatism in older pets. You may also want to check that your dog’s room (if the dog doesn’t sleep in your bedroom) is temperature-regulated. As tempting as it can be to let your dog sleep in the utility room, you need to choose a spot that will be warm in winter and cool in summer.
#2. Socialise in an open environment
Older dogs are often better trained to socialise with people and other pets. If your pet doesn’t have any behavioural issues, socialisation is likely to be a breeze. However, make sure you introduce your dog to your friends and relatives in a safe and open environment. For example, you can throw a bbq party at home, so your dog can meet new people in a known environment. Additionally, access to the garden will give your pet plenty of space to relax in a quiet spot when there are too many people around.
#3. Take pet insurance
Unfortunately, older dogs are more likely to have health issues than puppies. As a result, if you are ready to rehome a senior dog, you will need to take pet insurance. Pet insurance will help you cover the cost of medical treatments as it can help with veterinary bills and the cost of damaged property that your pet might cause, medical treatments if your pet injures someone, and also loss of the pet. But, if you’ve never had a pet before, it can be tricky to know which insurer will provide the best cover. Check this Which article explaining what pet insurance means, what it includes and excludes.
#4. Don’t forget to play
Last but not least, older dogs may not be as energetic as p pups. But they are just as playful. Older dogs appreciate stimulating games, such as playing hide-and-seek or hiding treats. Some dogs also love puzzle toys that encourage them to stay mentally fit to earn a yummy reward.
Adopting a senior dog can transform your family for the better. Older dogs are loving with their family. They need their comfort and needs to be addressed, but they will repay you tenfold in attention and love.