Barking Mad Dogs and Seniors
Dogs are man’s best friend and with age this becomes an even greater truth. These happy creatures can brighten up the gloomiest souls with their infectious and playful enthusiasm and their unwavering loyalty. Although they require constant care and attention, getting a dog can be one of the best decisions you’ll make in retirement.
The best part about owning a dog, including the smallest of canines, is the excuse they give you to go outdoors and breath in some fresh air. It can be tough to motivate yourself into a regular exercise routine but having a dog means daily walks in the park, on the beach, up the hill or just down the road to a friend’s place. Not only do they act as your personal trainer but also a vital companion when the grandkids are out of town.
No matter how crazy you sound talking to your dog, deep down an intelligent dog will understand you – it will understand your voice, changes in tone, respond to certain commands and actions and even take on your mood. Dogs essentially mould their schedule and personality to you. They can be cheeky, playful, grumpy, and at times you’ll want to strangle them, but without condition you’ll have a companion for life.
When they wake you up at 6am, barking to be fed you may have wished you owned a goldfish as a pet but the routine of looking after a dog can bring needed structure and purpose to daily life. Maybe you wanted to hit the snooze button but a dog wants you awake and active, and there’s nothing better than that for seniors.
Dogs are also incredibly social animals – sniffing butts, running around and having a good old jolly time is what they thrive on. You too may need some of this in the form of shared activities for dog owners. This could include communal walks, grooming activities, or volunteering to spend time with sick patients with your dog. Dogs are a fantastic icebreaker and always lead to spontaneous conversations and friendships forming.
And if small enough, your canine companion can go wherever you go in an appropriate sized handbag 😉 So what dogs are the best fit for older folk?
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Shih Tzu
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- French Bull Dog
- West Highland White Terrier