If your mom is having a hard time taking a walk by herself, owning an active dog may be difficult. At the same time, there are proven health benefits to owning a dog. According to the CDC, dogs lower blood pressure, help reduce feelings of loneliness, and can improve cholesterol levels. If you want your mom to have a dog, but need a dog suited to her lower mobility levels, here are five breeds that don't need a lot of exercise.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does have some energy, but it's friendly nature and small size make it perfect for a senior. Your mom can walk at her pace when taking the dog for a walk. Back home in a fenced yard or within the house, tossing a ball for the dog to fetch can burn off any additional energy.
Dachshunds are also very small dogs, but they're full of personality. The small size makes this breed very unlikely to pull your mom along. The breed is also known for being very loving.
An English Bulldog is very stocky and can weigh a little more than a small breed, but they're incredibly loving and friendly with children, too. Bulldogs aren't typically an active breed. They might like to chase a ball around in the house, but the dog won't need more than a short walk around the yard or neighborhood.
Italian Greyhounds are very playful dogs and do require a daily walk or two. Their small frame and short hair make them better indoor dogs. If your mom is in a cooler climate, the dog will need a coat or sweater when going outside. They're very loving, friendly little dogs that benefit your mom by needing very little grooming. Usually, running a soft brush over the dog's coat every few days is more than enough.
Rat Terriers are gaining ground as a family pet. They do have some energy and are very happy with short walks or chasing a ball. They also instinctively hunt rodents, so if your mom has mice or moles in or around her house, it's not surprising to see the dog end that issue.
Consider having a caregiver available to join your mom for walks. If it's hard for her to walk alone, she may do better with a sturdy arm supporting her. By hiring an elder care professional, your mom has the companionship she needs with her dog, but she also has help making sure she and her pet have the right amount of exercise.
If you or an aging loved one is considering elder care in Mesa, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.