- Breeds suitable for Retirees
Certain Breeds make great companions and require less exercise and training. Studies show that those that have interaction with animals on a regular basis live happier. healthier and longer lives. Health benefits that have been documented are for the heart & blood pressure. For many retiree's and/ or seniors living alone, the companion pet may be a source of exercise and reason to get out of bed in the morning thus decreasing depression and loneliness.
These are just among the many health benefits documented.
If you don't already have a pet for your retirement years and have decided to adopt a companion animal, a look at your lifestyle before making a decision is a good idea.
Some active seniors have the time and energy to exercise and train a dog but for others which for what ever reason are unable to manage a dog who requires a good amount of exercise, then a Toy or Terrier breed would be a good fit.
There are several things to consider when choosing a breed that would fit your lifestyle and housing arrangements is one.
How much space do you have to offer a dog? Toy breeds cope fine in small spaces or retirement homes, but a terrier or Daschund who is cooped up may become destructive or develope a barking habit which may annoy the neighbors.
You also don't need a big yard to keep your dog stimulated.
Food dispensing toys are one. A portion of the dog's food is placed in the toy and as they roll the yoy around the pellets fall out. The toy can also be hidden to let your dog to find them. Start with easy to find area's and then make it more difficult as they become better at the game.
keep you puppy on a lead as you go about you daily routine talking to them and using simple one word commands ans when you stop and they stop and sit give them lots of praise & treats as well as lots of positive talk and love. Talking Training will lay a good foundation as soon as you bring them home. Keep the training sessions short and fun and in no time you will have a well behaved loving companion. Good Luck and enjoy your new companion.
I wanted to touch base for the cat lovers and say that cats also make good companion and space is not an issue. Just remember that spaying and neutering with a cat as well as you dogs will need to be considered as with male cats at about 7-8 months will generally start to spray and mark their territory, and females at about 6 months will star going into heat and howl and want to get outdoors to explore the possibilities out side of the walls of your home.
I hope this article was helpful and gave you something to think about before adopting a new companion pet.
Written by Susan Reabe
Founder & Executive Director of H.O.P.E.