Dogs and their needs in old age homes

basset_hound“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”

The extraordinary relationship between an owner and his dog adds immensely to the quality of life. They are constant loving, comforting and protective companion. They have the ability to bring happiness and laughter and lift depression. Isolation is a simple and sometimes depressing phase of life for most of the adults and senior citizens. They need a loving and caring one to communicate with. Dogs are so loving, sociable and cheerful to be around their owners.  They help reducing stress by providing emotional support and reassurance.

Physical Work & Routine

Due to lack of motivation in old age, people tend to get less involved in physical activities and are less likely to join gyms or other clubs. Dogs can certainly motivate people to get out of their houses and take a walk daily with their beloved puppies or dogs without challenging a person’s fitness level and athletic abilities. Dogs also help in maintaining regular routines for whole day which helps in mental cognition and memory.

Companionship & Social Interaction

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

Dogs are often used in therapy in old age homes to cheer up elder people. These dogs are trained to provide comfort and affection to people in stressful situations.  The unconditional love of dogs encourages positive emotional, social and health benefits. A dog can not replace true human interaction but the dogs can prove to be a great companion. Dogs often extend that link to social interaction, helping seniors to stay involved and active in the community and provide a sort of social networking community. In many cities, there are ‘dog parks’, where dogs can troll in the fenced area, while the owners can sit down and start interacting about their similar interests and can it also increasing possibilities of finding new friends.


Studies have shown that dogs can provide more than just affection. They help in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They help in decreasing feelings of loneliness and encourage activity in seniors. Also decrease the depression to a extent to ease the loss of a loved one. Also offer fun and entertainment.

Protective Mode

Another reason why dogs make a good companion is that they are quite protective of their owners. Many law enforcement agencies recommend people to have dogs in their home to shoo away potential intruders.

Choosing the best breed!

Compare the potential senior owner’s residence, health status and physical forte with the pet’s physical qualities, disposition and routine care necessities. For example, a puppy requires time, energy and training, while an adult pet is fully grown and is usually trained and can be best at its disposition. Usually, lap dogs make the best of their companions as they have lower activity levels; less exercise is needed and quite adaptable to human environment. Breeds like pugs, Schnauzer, Scottish terrier, Yorkshire terrier, Cocker Spaniel, Boston terrier, Chihuahua, Dachshund,  French Bull Dog, Italian Greyhound, Pomeranian, English toy spaniel, Welsh Corgi and Toy poodle


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