You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. Well, at least that’s what 87% of Americans believe when it comes to pets, more specifically pet adoptions. It’s just one reason cited for considering so-called senior dogs and cats when looking to add a fury friend to your family. The new survey was conducted by OnePoll for Stella & Chewy’s. Sure younger pets have more energy and generally speaking, fewer health issues. However, they also carry frustrations and can cost money in other ways.
How many times have you had shoes, sunglasses and clothing destroyed by a dog satisfying his or her need to chew. Or perhaps a rug or floor damaged by potty training accidents. The chances of any of that happening with older dogs are pretty low. When you get that pet to a point you can travel with them, A lot of Florida cities are quite welcoming to pet families. Check it out here.
Older dogs and new tricks
The survey took into account the experiences of some 2000 dog and cat owners. Contrary to popular belief and cultural phrases, a majority of those surveyed believe old dogs can indeed learn new tricks or commands. They are apparently not as set in their ways as some humans are.
Shelters are full of older animals. Officials say that is because most people who are looking to adopt go straight for the cute little puppies and kittens first. Sadly, many of the older animals get overlooked and they are some of the best pets in the kennels. Many arrived at shelters from the homes of elderly residents who have moved into assisted living facilities or have passed away. These animals are looking for love and a good home.
According to this study, here are three of the top benefits of adopting a senior pet. It appears you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.