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We know that senior citizens can benefit from having a dog, both emotionally and physically. Besides providing companionship, pets reduce depression and stress, lower blood pressure, encourage activity and increase the opportunity for social interaction. However, time and time again as dog trainers, we see seniors burdened with a dog or puppy they can't handle. It's really more about the training than the breed, but certain breeds may be easier for seniors based on their size and temperament.
Before we start talking about breeds, here are a few other suggestions other than size: consider the energy level, health history and kid-tolerance (especially if you have grandkids). Older dogs that have been trained are much easier than puppies. Puppies require a tremendous amount of time and they have limitless energy. Seniors need a dog that enjoys a life of being petted and cared for. In other words, your basic "lap dog" is ideal.
When choosing the best dog breeds for the elderly, it's important to compare the potential senior owner's residence, health status and physical strength with the pet's physical traits, personality and routine care requirements. We're happy to help seniors train their dogs so that owners and dogs are a good fit for each other.