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Adopting A Senior Dog


Senior Dog Adoption

Adopting a senior dog comes with numerous advantages. These wise and gentle companions often require less high-energy exercise, making them a better fit for individuals or families with a more relaxed lifestyle. Furthermore, when you adopt a senior dog, you give them a second chance at happiness and provide them with the love and care they deserve during their golden years.

Senior dog adoption is a beautiful act of compassion that brings immense joy to both the adopter and the dog. By following the 3/3/3 Rule, prioritizing the three C's (Comfort, Care, and Consistency), and understanding the specific needs of senior dogs, you can ensure a smooth transition and provide a loving forever home.

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3/3/3 Rule

3 Days, 3 Weeks, 3 Months

When adopting a senior dog, it's essential to understand the three stages of adjustment: the first 3 days, the first 3 weeks, and the first 3 months.

First three days, give your new companion time to decompress and settle into their new environment. Gradually introduce them to your household routine, providing a calm and predictable atmosphere.

For the next three weeks, focus on building trust, routine, and stability.

Finally, in the first three months, you will witness a more confident and comfortable dog as they adapt further to their new life.

The 3 C's

Comfort, Care, Consistency

Comfort: Senior dogs may have physical disabilities or medical needs. Ensure their living space is warm, cozy, and easily accessible. Orthopedic beds, ramps, and even non-slip mats can greatly improve your older companion's comfort. Regular grooming sessions and gentle massages can also provide comfort and bonding opportunities.

Care: Senior dogs might require specialized care, such as regular vet check-ups, medication, or a specific diet. Discuss your new pup's needs with a veterinarian to guarantee their well-being. Pay attention to their dental health, joint mobility, and weight management, as these factors can significantly impact their quality of life.

Consistency: Older dogs, especially those who have never experienced indoor living, might take longer to adjust. Establish a consistent routine and provide clear boundaries to help them feel secure. This could include regular mealtimes, walks, bathroom breaks, and socialization opportunities. By providing consistency, you will build trust and help your senior dog flourish.

Two Chihuahua dogs outside
Chihuahuas outside

Do's & Don'ts

Be Patient, Not Overwhelming


  1. Be patient and understanding if your senior dog needs extra time to adapt to their new surroundings.

  2. Gradually introduce activities, such as exercise or training sessions, keeping in mind that senior dogs may not be as agile as puppies.

  3. Provide mental stimulation through puzzle toys, gentle play, and positive reinforcement training.

  4. Consult a professional trainer or behaviorist to address any specific issues or concerns you may have.


  1. Overwhelm your senior dog with too many new experiences, people, or other animals immediately.

  2. Force them into physically demanding activities that may strain their joints or cause discomfort.

  3. Neglect signs of discomfort or pain; regular vet check-ups are crucial for their well-being.

  4. Give up on your senior dog too soon – with love, care, and patience, they will thrive in their forever home.

From Abandoned To Adopted

From abandoned senior dogs to happy, healthy, and whole family dogs, we've seen amazing transformations in every dog we rescue.


At True and Faithful Pet Rescue Mission, Inc., we're proud to do what we do, and we hope you will consider supporting us in our mission to provide senior dogs with the care and love they deserve.

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