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Behavior of Older Dogs

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: February 22, 2018
Behavior of Older Dogs

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When adopting a dog, most people prefer to go for a young dog or a puppy, and always avoid the elderly ones. On the other hand, there are many people who decide to make a dog's last years their best ones. The behavior of older dogs depends on each specific case but in general, they are quiet, affectionate and have lots of love to give.

This AnimalWised article will emphasize the qualities of older dogs. We recommend that you keep reading this article so you can find out about the behavior of older dogs and discover why you should adopt a senior dog.

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  1. Senior dogs are quieter
  2. Senior dogs know how to behave
  3. Senior dogs are more affectionate
  4. Do you want to know more about older dogs?

Senior dogs are quieter

If you are looking to adopt a new pet and you don't have a very active lifestyle, older dogs are the best option. Although many breeds such as Boxers retain enviable vitality and energy, most elderly dogs stand out for their quietness and serenity.

Senior dogs don't need to be exercised as much and, unlike puppies, they enjoy the warmth that you and your home provide. Eating, walking and sleeping is generally all they need. That's why you don't need to watch them 24 hours a day.

Elderly or disabled people can better enjoy the rhythm of life of an elderly dog.

Behavior of Older Dogs - Senior dogs are quieter

Senior dogs know how to behave

As your dog ages, your heart becomes softer. Adopting an elderly dog changes many people's lives. Older dogs' movements become slow and time consuming. However, that won't matter very much because they perfectly respect your space, they do their business where they should and they don't bite anything they shouldn't. In short, an elderly dog knows how to behave in the household.

Adopting an elderly dog and taking care of it in the way it deserves is an honor; it will fully satisfy your heart, something that many people are unaware of.

Behavior of Older Dogs - Senior dogs know how to behave

Senior dogs are more affectionate

People have always said that a dog is a man's best friend; most dogs are always willing and happy to receive our displays of affection. But this becomes even more noticeable in elderly dogs.

Elderly dogs don't really mind what happens in their environment nor what happens in the relationship with their human family. This means that while an older dog may seem absent on many occasions, it also becomes more docile more willing to simply receive love. If you like lapdogs, an elderly dog is an excellent choice.

Behavior of Older Dogs - Senior dogs are more affectionate

Do you want to know more about older dogs?

We love senior dogs! At AnimalWised we believe that when dogs get older, in some ways they go back to being a puppy again: tender, sweet and delicate.

That's why we love writing articles for them. Older dogs are somewhat forgotten but, like all dogs, they still need to be cared for. This is why we've written a guide on vitamins for older dogs, so that they feel always at their best.

Behavior of Older Dogs - Do you want to know more about older dogs?

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