Wanting to adopt a Senior Golden Retriever in need is a wonderful idea. What makes this need so saddening though is the fact that ---- despite the positive attributes of older dogs plus the best efforts of many rescue organizations ---- senior dogs are frequently overlooked in favor of puppies and younger dogs.
The truth is the ageism that causes senior dogs to be passed over is a prejudice without merit. Many times, it’s an older dog that in fact is best suited for a specific household as they can make a long lasting bond with the right family environment.
And with a Senior Golden in particular, what you see is what you get ---- A smart, happy dog who truly just wants more than anything in the world to have a loving place to call home. And isn't that really what you want to provide for him?
An older dog has typically had some basic obedience training and is already familiar with the essential commands that will make life enjoyable for both of you. Equally important, he is more than likely to also be house-trained unlike his puppy counterpart.
And don’t believe the adage, “An old dog can’t learn new tricks.” It’s simply not true. If you are so inclined as to want to adopt a Senior Golden Retriever, these older dogs are eager to please and absolutely enjoy the attention and mental stimulation that your training sessions can provide.
Also, to anyone who has ever had a pair of favorite shoes, furniture items, an heirloom rug, or the baseboards of the house completely chewed-up with endless abandon ---- you can relax. This is typical puppy behavior and not at all what to expect from a well-adjusted Senior Golden.
As we age, we all slow down a bit. The very same goes for Goldens. You can expect an older dog to be much less frisky and rambunctious than his younger counterparts. In most cases, his requirement for exercise will be far less as well.
This attribute alone makes an older dog a great fit for many family situations and an ideal match for any aging adult. What better excuse to fire up the muscles and get outside than to walk your adopted Senior Golden around your neighborhood or local dog park. And who knows? Maybe you'll both make some new friends together.
You can expect that your Senior Golden’s confidence will blossom as he adjusts to his new surroundings. The past trauma of his loss will be replaced by the reassurance of knowing that you are there for him.
You are his new best friend now. And that's all he needs to know to immediately feel better and be happy for the rest of his life.
Please consider adopting a Senior Golden Retriever from GRRA. You'll be so glad you did!
Do you have any Senior Golden adoption stories you'd like to share? Any certain Senior Goldens that have changed your life for the better? Tell us about it. We'd love to hear from you.