Senior citizens benefit greatly from canine companionship. Pet owners show a decrease in stress and blood pressure, and an increase in exercise and happiness. Some studies even show a deceleration of some types of dementia. Having responsibilities, like taking care of a pet, keeps minds sharper longer.
However, choosing a dog can be overwhelming, there are so many different breeds each with their own list of attributes. The upside of there being so many options is that there is a dog for just about everybody, from young to old. Any one of any age considering a dog should think about their own constitution and habits and then search out a dog that best matches themselves. If you need help choosing the best breed for your family please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.
Once you choose a breed or two that seem like a good fit, check out local shelters to see if there are any adoptable dogs in your area. If the dog is older, even better. Older dogs tend to already be house broken and have some training, which makes bringing a dog home a little easier on an older owner. If an older dog appeals to you there are rescues that specialize in senior dogs and with a little patience you might be able to find your perfect fit that way.