Getting older, accomplishing important milestones and retiring can be both liberating and lonely. As children start their own families, treasured friends pass away and mobility issues set in, it can all hinder the once exciting social life you used to enjoy. Owning a pet, especially dogs, is a great idea for anyone looking for a companion to keep them company.
Before buying a pet, consider whether you are physically and mentally capable to take on the responsibility. Make sure you also have all the essentials, like a sturdy and classy leather dog collar for your companion that is comfortable and keeps you both safe.
Here are some of the ways in which pet ownership can significantly improve life after retirement.
They Provide Constant Company
You can never feel alone with a cat or dog mooching around the house. Whether they’re sniffing around for a treat in the kitchen or curled up on your lap whilst you watch TV, pets are wonderful company and ask for nothing in return.
Animals live very much in the here and now. For seniors who are particularly anxious about the future, having a pet can lower stress levels as their pets’ immediate needs forces them to also focus on the present and give less airtime to future anxieties.
They Get You Outside More
This is especially true if you have a dog. As we get older, we are more inclined to stay indoors, but owning a dog will force you outside and give you a reason to exercise. This kind of responsibility will give seniors a sense of routine that is centred around taking the dog out and feeding times. In turn, this increases self-care. A senior is more likely eat regularly and complete tasks efficiently if they have other responsibilities. This sense of purpose also helps decrease feelings of worthlessness and helpless.
What’s more, you might meet other dog owners on your strolls! You’re likely to meet other owners at the groomers or the kennels, thus opening a new socialising opportunity with like-minded people.
They Increase Your Self Esteem
For any seniors who feel that they are not capable of caring for another living being anymore, owning a pet will enforce those feelings of worth and empowerment. Owning a pet also releases serotonin, the ‘feel good’ hormone that relives stress and increases self-confidence. Elderly people tend not to feel indispensable anymore, but having a four-legged friend who relies on you as caretaker is a great way to boost self-esteem.
They Make You Feel Safe
As well as bringing you providing endless love, dogs can also guarantee your safety from potential threats. If you’re worried that your house may be broken into, having a dog could be a great way to add a sense of security. However, make sure you choose the right companion if you’re specifically looking into guard dogs. Indeed, your new friend will have to be loyal and the right size to be able to scare away any housebreakers, German Shepard, Belgian Malinois or a Beagle could be a good choice.