What Dog Breeds Are Best for Seniors With Limited Mobility?


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What Dog Breeds Are Best for Seniors With Limited Mobility?

Your mom wants a dog. She doesn't move around fast, so you don't want to get a high-energy dog that needs long walks or runs. You also want a dog that is easier to train and is friendly. With people coming in and out of your mom's house, you don't want a dog that his highly possessive or known for aggression. These are some of the best dog breeds for seniors with limited mobility.

Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers love being social. As long as they're socialized from a young age, they'll get along well with all ages. They are intelligent and pick up new commands quickly if you reinforce the lessons with a lot of praise and love.

The biggest problem people have with Boston terriers is that they hate being left alone. Most want owners there 24/7 and may show signs of separation anxiety if they're left alone. A kennel can help with this. Boston Terriers don't need a lot of exercise, which makes them ideal for a senior with limited mobility.

French Bulldog

A French bulldog doesn't take up a lot of space. Most of these dogs weigh less than 30 pounds. They are loving dogs that want to be with their owners all day. This makes them perfect for older people with limited mobility. French bulldogs do need a moderate amount of exercise. They can get this through walks around the block and playing fetch in the house.

While they can have stubborn traits, they're not hard to train if you know what you're doing. Positive reinforcement goes a long way. If your mom is interested in this breed, she could also work with a dog trainer to make sure basic obedience training goes well.


Pugs are relatively easy to train. Positive reinforcement is the best way to train a pug. Like many dogs, they don't respond well to scolding.

They do require some exercise, but it doesn't have to include long walks. Your mom could throw a ball down a hallway or in a fenced yard. Too much exercise can actually be detrimental due to their facial structure and flattened nose.

The one thing that makes pugs fantastic companions for the elderly is that they love being around people. They don't like to be left alone for hours. The more time they have with their owners, the happier they are.

Dogs are great companions for seniors. Don't rely solely on a dog to make sure your mom is social. Caregivers offer companionship, but they also help with many of the activities that challenge your mom. If she can't cook meals or struggles to bring laundry to the laundry area, caregivers can help her. Call a home care agency to discuss these and other services and how much home care costs.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Denver, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.


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