Dogs are amazing companions for different types of people across different age groups. Whether you are looking for a working dog, an emotional support animal, or just a furry friend, a dog can be the best bet for the emotional support you have been looking for. However, before you get down to picking a dog, it is important that you research what type of care it requires and if that is in line with your own needs and capabilities.
What Should You Consider When Choosing A Dog
Getting a dog is a really big decision. It is essentially like committing to having a child and caring for it for the next decade. The first thing to consider is your living condition. It is important to ensure that your family, landlord, or living community is okay with you getting a dog. You should also check if there are any restrictions in place. On top of this, having an accessible outdoor space or yard should also be factored into your choice as some breeds will require more space to romp around.
Next, finances are important as some breeds are more prone to certain health conditions. You must have the financial means to take care of them in the future.
Also, energy level is really important to consider. If you are someone who is more active and enjoys going for long walks daily, perhaps a more active dog like an Australian shepherd may be ideal. However, if you live in a smaller space, have mobility issues, or plan to mostly have a lapdog, it might be a better idea to have a less energetic dog. This will also play a part when you start to consider the age of the dog that you are picking. Puppies will tend to have higher energy levels as compared to older dogs.
Lastly, the disposition of your dog is extremely important. Regardless of whether you prefer a dog with a sunnier disposition like a Labrador or a more stubborn or independent dog like a Shiba Inu, it is important to choose a disposition that meshes well with yours. To help with this, make sure that you meet the dog and spend time together before bringing it home.
Best Breeds for Dogs
Here are some of the top dog breeds for older adults.
- Cocker Spaniel
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
- French Bulldog
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At Discovery Village At Deerwood, we firmly believe that everyone, especially our residents, deserves to have the best life possible that is full of purpose and happiness. This is why we offer many different amenities in our senior living community that not only cater to our residents but their pets as well! Within our grounds, you can expect to find beautiful walking paths and an enclosed courtyard for your furry friend to also enjoy a happy life alongside you.
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