Five dogs of different breeds are lined up, each showing various expressions. From left to right: a chocolate Labrador, a Jack Russell Terrier, a Bulldog, a Pug, and a Beagle.
20% Off
New Dog
Boarding Clients!
Valid 01/01/24 thru 02/28/24
Logo of fon jon pet care featuring a brown cartoon dog with a green tennis ball and text highlighting 70 years of pet care services in san diego.
old dog

Adopting Adult and Senior Pets

There is a natural tendency for people to prefer adopting puppies. Newly weaned dogs are thought to be easier to train. They can grow accustomed to their new homes quickly before they develop any bad habits or attachments to other people or animals. They are also incredibly sweet at that age.

Adult Dogs Might Be More Suitable for Homes Than Younger Pets

old dogUnlike puppies, adult and senior pets have a more difficult time finding forever homes. These dogs may languish in shelters or in foster care for months or longer before finding a new owner. This is unfortunate for many reasons. Adult dogs are in many ways more suitable as pets than their younger counterparts. They have often already been house trained, rarely chew or dig in the same way as puppies and, despite the old expression, it is actually quite easy to teach an old dog new tricks.

Adopting senior pets does take some preparation. Adult pets should be helped to feel comfortable in their new environment. If possible, remove any items that from the home that may pose a risk. This might include objects that are safety hazards, chemicals that are not properly stored or foods that are harmful to dogs. Something as simple as putting these items in difficult to find locations or behind locked doors should be sufficient.

You will also need to safeguard any prized possessions or breakables until the pets are familiar with their surroundings. A dog of any age will naturally be inquisitive, especially when faced with a new place. Rather than reprimanding your dog for inherent curiosity, allow adult pets to sniff and explore. Having your valuables safely stashed for the time being allows dogs to investigate your home while removing any fear of damage.

Senior Cat Adoption adopting an older cat

The adoption of a senior cat requires just as much preparation as a senior dog. Cats are often fearful, which can cause them to lash out in defense. Conversely, they may find a hiding place that is dangerous. In order to make the transition as easy as possible, provide a number of different safe alternatives. Cat caves are great choices. They offer warmth, comfort and solitude when a cat needs it the most. Place a cat cave near window or a place of warmth. Provide ample toys as well.

If possible, start this process before you adopt. Bring an item of yours to the shelter or kennel so the pet can become accustomed to your scent. He or she will then have a sense of familiarity despite being in a new spot. Likewise, after you adopt, try to bring an item from the pet’s previous location with you. The strong sense of smell in dogs and cats allows them to recognize your home as their home.

Preparing Your Existing Pets for New Company

The transition may be a bit more challenging if you already have pets in the home. It is important to introduce the new animals to each other in an appropriate manner. Start small. Give each of the animals their space, keeping both securely held or leashed when they are introduced. Do not leave the animals alone together at first either. Place them in separate rooms or have one outside and one inside. Allow them to spend more time with each other, little by little. It shouldn’t take long until they are best friends.

Adopting a senior pet is a wonderful choice. Providing a forever home to a dog or cat who has few remaining years will be an invaluable experience for you and them. Just a bit of advanced preparation is all it takes for your new, older pet to become a part of the family.

The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute veterinary advice. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information presented, it should not be considered as a substitute for professional veterinary guidance. Always consult a qualified veterinarian for specific advice tailored to your pet’s individual needs and health condition.

a group of dogs sitting next to each other.

20% Off
for New
Boarding Clients!
*not applicable during major holidays

a blue rectangle with a blue background.

Petcare articles

view all articles
A human hand gently holding a dog's paw, with green grass in the background.
June 7, 2024

How Hot Does the Weather Have to Be for Pavement to Burn My Dog’s Paws?

As the summer heats up, many dog owners are very aware of the risks that the heat can pose to their furry friends. We usually think about giving our dogs plenty of water and shade to stay cool, but the…

pet groomer shaving Maltese dog fur
June 4, 2024

Shaving Dogs for Summer – The Difference Between Double and Single Coated Dogs

Shaving Dogs for Summer – The Difference Between Double and Single Coated Dogs People who own dogs often wonder if shaving their dogs is the best way to keep them cool in the summer. There are, however, some things you…

staff of dog boarding facility welcoming dog
May 8, 2024

What to Expect When Dog Boarding for the First Time

You and your canine companion have taken a giant leap forward when you decide to board your dog for the very first time. It’s normal to have a range of feelings, from anticipation of your trip to worrying about your…

sad Cocker spaniel dog looks through wooden fences in dog boarding
May 7, 2024

Dog Boarding Red Flags, How to Choose the Right Place for Your Pup

Leaving our beloved pets behind, even for a brief period, can cause anxiety for any pet parent. Finding a reliable kennel for your dog is essential for their comfort, safety, and well-being whether you’re leaving for a weekend or a…

Two volunteers in matching t-shirts smile as they play with a pug in front of a house.
April 5, 2024

Pet-Friendly Evacuation Shelters in San Diego

Handling emergencies involving pets can be challenging. One way to help keep your pets safe during a natural disaster such as flooding or fires we recommend is having a list of pet friendly shelters in your pet’s emergency go bag…

dog being rescued by an old man
April 5, 2024

Tips for Finding a Lost Pet After a Natural Disaster

Finding a misplaced pet after a natural disaster might seem like a daunting task. However, there are effective strategies and resources that can increase the chances of a happy reunion. Our goal is to provide you with practical tips that…

A dog laying on a towel with a first aid kit.
March 6, 2024

Preparing for Disasters: Tips & Dog Emergency Kits

It is our responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of our pets during times of crisis or natural catastrophe. Many of us consider our beloved pets more than just animals; they are loved ones who complete our families and…

female owner carrying her orange cat
March 6, 2024

What is Positive Reinforcement Cat Training

Some folks claim that training a cat is impossible. They are completely mistaken. Cats are true experts when it comes to training; in fact, they have the whole concept nailed. Just consider how they’ve conditioned YOU to satisfy their every…

dog yoga with owner
February 2, 2024

Indoor Exercises for Dogs When the Weather is Bad

Guide on Indoor Exercises No matter how bad the weather gets, your beloved pet still needs their daily dose of play and exercise. It is our belief at Fon Jon Pet Care that your dog needs regular indoor exercise and…

A jack russell terrier sitting on a doormat with the word "home" written on it, looking directly at the camera.
February 2, 2024

Tips on How to Help with Separation Anxiety in Puppies

Puppy separation anxiety is a typical problem that many pet owners encounter. When a puppy is afraid of being alone, it may exhibit this behavioral problem. If you care about your pet’s health, you must learn about this issue and…

dalmation dog with happy new year headband
January 4, 2024

Dog Owner New Year Resolutions 2024: How to Make Your Dog Happy

With the arrival of the new year comes an ideal opportunity for dog owners to make resolutions that prioritize the happiness and health of their beloved pets. Both you and your dog will benefit from an uptick in the quality…

sick dog with ice pack on top of his head
January 4, 2024

Sick Dog Symptoms: Learn What to Watch For

If you are a dedicated dog owner, you have a responsibility to keep an eye on your pet’s vital signs. Being able to identify the signs of a sick dog goes beyond simply treating them when they’re sick; it also…

Have a

Get a response within 24 hours

Valid 01/01/24 thru 02/28/24

Don’t Miss Out on our New Specials!

20% OFF

new dog boarding clients

A small brown and white dog sitting on a white background.

50% OFF

new cat boarding clients

A tabby cat waving its paw in the air.

20% OFF

new dog daycare on first package purchased

Two dogs sitting next to each other on a white background.

50% Off For New Cat Boarding Clients!

Request Your Boarding Dates

20% Off For New Dog Boarding Clients!

Request Your Boarding Dates