An older dog may not have the same boundless energy of a puppy, but that can be a good thing. They can be far less demanding as some of their younger counterparts. Like any animal, they’ll require quality time in the form of attention and walks, but they’re likely to be more content just curling up at your feet to take nap. The nice thing about older animals is that they will prefer quiet walks to running or active play and will usually not pull you around on the leash or jump on you.
Nutritional requirements are important to an older dog. The caloric value needs to be less if they are to remain fit and trim. Heavier dogs will have a shorter lifespan and more health risks and problems than animals kept at their optimal weight. Rich foods, as a rule, should be avoided. Check with your veterinarian for the best nutritional options
In addition, you can have a great time with your older dog and you can train him new things, contrary to that old myth that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Training an older dog is different as they take longer to respond and their reactions are slower. However, they can learn and they usually like it. Just remember that they may be achy or slow and don’t tax them either mentally or physically.
On your next trip to the pound, be sure to consider adopting one of those older dogs. You’ll be saving a precious life and you’re sure to receive many years of love in return.