Senior's Enjoy A PAWSitive Experience with Dogs!
It warms my heart to see how much enjoyment my father gets from visits with my golden retriever Maverick. It is also so amazing to see how my golden that is under 2 years old is normally a very busy (sometimes a little crazy) pup, but somehow when he is around my dad in his wheelchair he becomes a gentle giant, as if he knows that he needs to be calm for my father to enjoy his company. Immediately there is a bond between them that puts a smile on my dads face and I really feel my dog is smiling too!
We hope to encourage you if you have an aging parent that can't have their own dog to please provide pet therapy visits for them. Visits from dogs give seniors something to look forward to. Did you know that just petting a dog can release dopamine and oxytocin which are endorphins that make people feel happier.
Dogs can also lower blood pressure. Petting a dog for 15 minutes has been found to reduce blood pressure levels by as much as 10%.
Much of what keeps us healthy on a day to day basis is that simple feeling of connection. A visit from an affectionate and loving dog can create a point of connection between the senior and the dog.
We strive at Live Pawsitively to help people and their pets, regardless of their age to live the best life possible every day. We believe that the bond between dogs and humans is priceless and together we can live longer, healthier lives.