Benefits of Dog Ownership and the Best Dogs for Seniors

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As we age, companionship becomes a vital part of our daily lives. Having a best friend who is loyal and supportive can greatly improve our overall well-being. A remarkable source of unconditional love is owning a dog. Our furry companions provide not only companionship but also numerous health benefits throughout our lives. 

We’ll explore all dog ownership benefits for senior citizens and aging people. Two dog breeds, in particular, are well-suited for seniors, Schnoodles and Whoodles. These pups are easy to train, deeply devoted to their owners, and provide great emotional support. 

Emotional Well-being and Companionship

It’s essential to keep our minds and bodies healthy as we age. Emotional well-being affects everything in our day-to-day lives. Mental health plays a critical role in our routines and self-care. 

Unconditional Love

Dogs are non-judgmental and provide an endless source of love for their companion. You can tell how much your dog loves you when he greets you at the door or seeks your cuddles at night. Dogs love to listen to their owner’s voice, even if they don’t know what we’re saying. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing your pup wag its tail or give you a kiss when you need it the most. 

Reduced Stress and Anxiety

Playing, petting, and having a dog lowers stress levels. Anxiety disorder is often found among the elderly, and having a pet can support them. Emotional Support Dogs provide comfort for those who need extra help. Cuddling and feeling the dog’s breath pattern sways anxiety and lowers your heart rate. Dogs provide comfort, love, and support for their owners. 

Physical Health Benefits

It is recommended that adults, no matter their age, do physical activity for 150 minutes or more per week. Walking is the most common form of physical activity for people over 60. Walking is self-paced, low impact, and you can walk in groups or alone. Elderly people who exercise are less likely for heart disease and have a lower fall risk. 

Increased Physical Activity

Studies show that dog walking is linked with lower weight and fewer living restrictions. Additionally, fewer doctor visits, and more exercise. Strong bonds with dogs lead to more walking time. Dog owners do significantly more physical activity than non-dog owners. Having a puppy will motivate you to walk even in the winter when most people prefer staying inside.

If you are not someone who can go for a walk, your dog will encourage at-home play. Playing fetch, tug-of-war, and training are all part of everyday life with a pup. 

Lowered Blood Pressure and Heart Health

Studies have linked dog ownership to improved cardiovascular health. Reduced stress and more physical activity make dog owners healthier across the board. The simple act of petting your dog can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Owners of dogs are at a reduced risk of heart disease. 

Social Engagement and Community Involvement

For elderly people, staying social and connected to the community is so important. Loneliness and social isolation is a serious health risk. Serious medical conditions such as dementia have been linked to isolation.

Increased Social Interaction

Taking your dog for a walk opens up a door to a friendly community. Walking the neighborhood or park increases your chance of making new friends and having social interactions. Puppies are a great way to spark conversations. 

Dog owners often join dog-related clubs that meet at dog parks. There are volunteer and event opportunities for dog owners. Additionally, you can train your pup to be a therapy dog. This opens up possibilities of volunteering for hospitals, colleges, libraries, and schools. 

Sense of Purpose and Responsibility

Owning a dog is a big responsibility, but a sense of purpose comes with that. A pup encourages and demands a daily routine of outside time, feeding, walking, and playing. It helps you keep a sense of structure. Having a furry friend to care for is the highlight of any dog owner’s day. 

The Best Dogs for Seniors 

There are many great dog breeds to choose from when picking a fuzzy new friend, but here at Feathers and Fleece, these are our favorite pups that make the best dog breeds for seniors. 

Schnoodles

The Schnoodle is part Poodle and part Schnauzer. These easy-to-care-for pups are low-maintenance and hypoallergenic. They are brilliant and playful. Schnoodles are a very healthy breed and age well. 

Because Schnoodles are smart, they are an excellent service or therapy dog choice. They are eager to please and fun to train. 

Mini-Schnoodles weigh 15-20 lbs, making them great companions for the elderly who need a small friend. They are easy to walk and groom. Because of their coat, they are non-shedding and easy to clean up after. Schnoodles love to assist their owners with daily tasks. 

Whoodles

Our Teddy Bear Whoodles are non-shedding, clean, and non-drooling. A Whoodle is a mix between a Poodle and a Wheaten Terrier. Both parent dogs of a Whoodle are hypoallergenic, which makes this pup ideal for people with allergies. 

Whoodles are a great choice for elderly people who want a friendly and affectionate pup with moderate energy levels.

Mini Whoodles are around 35-40 lbs and feel deeply connected to their owners. They, like the Schoodle, are eager to please. Whoodles are also very intelligent and easy to train. 

The Best Dogs for Seniors: Final Thoughts

Owning a dog can bring incredible joy and numerous benefits to seniors. Dogs provide constant companionship and unconditional love, easing feelings of loneliness. They reduce stress and anxiety, bringing comfort and a sense of calm. Additionally, dogs encourage seniors to stay active, promoting physical well-being and cardiovascular health. 

Through dog ownership, seniors experience increased social interaction, make new friends, and feel more connected to their community. Caring for a dog gives seniors a sense of purpose and responsibility. Dogs provide structure and routine to our daily lives. 

A Schnoodle or a Whoodle is a great companion if you’re a senior considering dog ownership. Open your heart and home to a furry friend, and discover the joy, companionship, and countless benefits of owning a dog!