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Four Small Dog Breeds That Suit Seniors With Limited Mobility

By Dawn Hill

The National Institute of Health and the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition teamed up to research the health benefits of owning a pet. They've found that interacting with a dog, a cat, or another small animal can lower levels of stress hormones. Other benefits include lower blood pressure, happier moods, and less risk of loneliness.

If your parent has limited mobility, owning a dog may seem unwise. The truth is that there are some dogs that are perfect companions to a parent with less mobility. Check out these four breeds.

#1 – Bichon Frise

A bichon frise is a small dog that likes to mix activity with naps. Generally, they don't get bigger than 11.5 inches high or weigh more than 18 pounds. This makes them easy to handle and pick-up when necessary. They're not hard to train. When it comes to exercise, a walk around the block or yard is often enough. Playing fetch in the house is also something a bichon loves to do.

#2 – Boston Terrier

The ideal weight of a Boston terrier is 12 to 25 pounds. These little dogs stand no more than 17 inches high, which makes them a small dog for a senior. They are eager to learn new tricks and usually love people of all ages. Their energy levels aren't excessive. Most are happy taking a couple walks a day or playing fetch and being a lap dog the rest of the time.

#3 - French Bulldog

The big ears on a French bulldog give it it's unique appearance. They're small dogs that stand up to 13 inches high. The ideal weight is 28 pounds or less. These are not energetic dogs usually. They are lap dogs that love attention and are happy with a single walk each day.

#4 – Pug

Pugs are also small dogs at no higher than 13 inches or more than 18 pounds in terms of weight. If your mom or dad needed to pick them up, they're not difficult to lift. They do like a little activity. They love taking a few short walks each day or playing fetch in the yard. They do not love being in the heat, so exercise in the summer should be carefully monitored.

Home Care Also Ensures Your Parents Enjoy the Benefits of a Companion

Your parent will also enjoy the benefits of companionship if you hire home care aides. In addition to companionship services, caregivers can help with housework, meal preparation, transportation, and scheduling appointments. Call a home care agency to learn more about rates and available services.

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