Dogs make great companions for people young and old. It’s proven that owning and caring for a dog creates an overall positive mental and physical health impact. Being a pet owner can lower stress and depression and has even been shown to improve blood pressure.
Benefits of adopting an older dog
Most senior dogs are already well-trained and house broken, so there’s no need to worry about missing out on sleep in order to train a new puppy. Overall, the care for an older dog is far less demanding than a new puppy.
The age old saying of “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” isn’t exactly true, so if you love to teach your dog fun tricks, you don't need to shy away from getting an older dog. Older dogs are actually very receptive to new training.
Some larger dog breeds that are perfect fits for seniors include Poodles and Greyhounds. While both need exercise and can be runners when they have the space, both breeds also enjoy lazing about whenever they can and are fast learners.