Is your dad lonely and in need of companionship? Well, November might be just the right month to take action. November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and a good, old dog might be just the solution to your dad’s loneliness. Aside from the fact that there’s nothing quite like the gray muzzle and soulful eyes, there are lots of reasons for your dad to adopt a senior dog. Here are just a few.
Senior Dogs Are a Bargain
If your dad likes a good bargain, you can’t beat a senior dog. Many shelters and rescues offer reduced fees for senior dogs, so they’re cheaper than puppies and young adults. Also, since the dog will probably already have been spayed or neutered and gotten all of its shots, the initial vet bills will be less. Also, some senior dogs eat less than their younger counterparts because they have slowed down and require less food to fuel their bodies.
Enjoy the Easy Life
Senior dogs typically aren’t as energetic as puppies or young dogs. They tend to be up for a quiet day on the couch or a slow walk around the block. They’re often content to snuggle quietly on a lap while your dad watches his favorite television program, or to lie at his feet. Of course, if he prefers a larger dog, a spot at his feet will do just as well.
Old, But Not Out
Just because a dog is older doesn’t mean they can’t learn new things or that they won’t enjoy some playtime. Lots of older dogs still like to chase a ball, they just won’t want to do it for quite as long. And, it’s not true that old dogs can’t learn new tricks. They can! Your dad can teach his old dog all kinds of things, or even take the dog to an obedience class. Some training facilities even offer classes just for teaching fancy tricks.
No Assembly Required
Unlike puppies, senior dogs are likely to be housetrained and past all of those naughty puppy behaviors, like chewing and jumping. So, there’s no need to spend time teaching him to behave – he’s already all set!
If your dad is thinking about getting a dog, you might be a little concerned about his ability to take care of it. If that’s the case, you should know that an in-home caregiver can help with pet care duties, like feeding and taking the dog outside. A professional caregiver can even help your parent to take the dog for walks.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Billings, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today at 406-839-2390.