Friends for Life
Ask any dog owner and they’ll likely be happy to share with you just how much joy owning one can bring. Dogs can provide numerous mental and physical health benefits, no matter what your age. For lonely seniors, dogs can also be wonderful companions. But there are some things to think about before becoming a later-in-life dog owner.
“It is good to keep in mind several factors when choosing a dog for senior citizens. Factors such as energy level, size and temperament are all important things to consider,” says Lucy Saxton of Bark & Birch, a dog training company. “Some breeds require more exercise than others, which will work well if you are still fairly active, but if you don’t have as much stamina, then a breed that needs less exercise and has less of a desire to play may be a better option.” Read on for some suggestions for which type to make your next best friend.