Many people think that older dogs are “set in their ways” and can’t adjust to a new environment, but that is simply not true. Many senior dogs are more than able to adapt to a new home. What people are really saying is that they themselves are not able to adapt to the idea of a senior dog – even though older dogs are generally calmer, housebroken, trained and aren’t impressed by a lot of things that freak younger dogs out. For someone looking for a companion who enjoys leisurely walks and is content to relax most of the day, a senior Shiba is a lot better bet than a freakazoid 1 year old whose main ambitions are to chew through the living room wall.
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Shibas can live beyond 16 and there are plenty of dogs out there that need homes and are beyond the age that most dogs are easily adopted by. A training class and a regular schedule can speedily adapt a senior dog to a new lifestyle. This is a great idea to put into the heads of friends and family who are considering a new dog.