1. You can teach old dogs new tricks
Adult dogs can focus on the task at hand, unlike many of their much younger counterparts. If your older pet needs to learn a few things in her new life with you, you definitely don't have to worry. Enroll her in an obedience class, contact a trainer, or go the do-it-yourself route. Older dogs are more attentive than puppies, and more eager to please their humans.
2. Senior pets are great company for senior citizens
Many elderly people find the calm presence of an older pet very comforting. They appreciate having a companion who is also 'getting up there' in age, don't mind hearing the same stories again and again, and is content to move through life at a slower speed.
3. Senior pets are less destructive
Older adoptive pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase. You don't need to worry so much about finding your favourite pair of shoes or a table leg chewed beyond recognition. Chances are your senior kitty has no urge to overturn your potted plant or shred the handmade quilt your grandma gave you.
4. Older dogs are more well-mannered
Unlike puppies, many grown-up dogs have spent years living with a family and being socialized to life with humans. They may have received obedience training and respond to commands like Sit, Stay, and Down.