If you are acting as the family caregiver, you may have some concerns regarding a dog your parent has expressed interest in. They miss the companionship dogs offer and, though your parent is unable to run, they can still set a good pace when they’re walking through the neighborhood they’ve loved for over twenty years.
It’s time, your parent says, to get a dog. You say, but wait a minute. I don’t know if I can take on one more responsibility. They say, “No, wait! They’ll be my responsibility.” You’re tempted to say that your parent can’t quite take care of themselves anymore, but something stops you. A look in their eyes. A fierce determination that you haven’t seen in years.
The Benefits of Seniors Owning Dogs
The benefits of dog ownership are numerous including motivation to exercise daily and enjoy the outdoors.
The companionship dogs offer is unarguably one of the most tremendous gifts they bring.
The American Heart Society has laid claims to dogs showing promise in the prevention of heart disease and it’s a known fact that they waylay the effects of stress and depression.
So, throwing caution to the wind, you acquiesce to your parent’s request for a dog. And it was one of the best decisions you have yet to make in your current life.
For those just delving into the world of dogs, here are the five top picks for seniors and the reasons why.
1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
If you’ve ever been up close and personal with one of these dogs, you understand the reason why they’re ranked in the top five. They are lap dog extraordinaires. They are calm and of good nature and are similar to their namesake: slightly regal with a touch of grace.
You’ve probably never met an unfriendly pug. They are social and active and love being the center of attention. Overwhelmingly happy little creatures, it’s hard not to smile when in the presence of a pug.
One of the brightest of the clan, they are easily trained and devoted to their family. Just don’t make them mad. If left alone for an extended length of time, they may decide to get even and pee on your pillow.
This tiniest of breeds announces: “Good things come in small packages!” They are the first to wake up by your side and the last to whisper goodnight. A companion, through and through. Keep in mind that they will require grooming or a good trim.
5. The Mutt
You may wonder why the neighborhood mutt that’s waiting for you at the local animal shelter made our list. Rescued dogs seem to sense that, though once abandoned or lost, they have found their true home. To this end, they will often go the extra mile for you and love you like no other. And knowing you have rescued a homeless pup does wonders for the heart.
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As a family caregiver, know that your parent may need some help adjusting to their newfound friend and the daily attention they require. But when the fit is good, it truly is a match made in heaven.