Many seniors, as they get older, find themselves lacking companionship. Here’s where man’s best friend can help—dogs are loving, affectionate and loyal companions for people of all ages. However, some breeds are better than others for older people.
Here’s why seniors should get a toy dog breed:
Small dogs love to snuggle
Some breeds, like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or the Maltese, are happiest when they’re cuddled up to their loving owners. For seniors looking for companionship while they read, knit or watch TV, this type of dog can be an excellent choice. Small dogs are perfect size for curling up with you on your couch or recliner.
They can keep you fit
Getting enough physical activity can be difficult for seniors. Walking a dog is a great way to get those steps in—people with dogs tend to walk one hour longer per day than people without them. Small breeds are good for walking with seniors as their exercise needs are often moderate. Avoid breeds that are too large or energetic for a senior to handle on walks.
Dogs reduce stress
Just being near a sweet little pup can lower levels of cortisol (the stress-producing hormone) and raise levels of serotonin (the feel-good hormone). Many seniors cope with stress and anxiety, so petting and snuggling a small dog could help.
If you’re a senior citizen in search of a small dog, check out Pauley’s Pups. You’ll enjoy meeting our wide variety of puppies and toy breeds. Contact us at 804-798-7877 to learn more about finding your new best friend.