Recently I received a call from an 80 year old woman who had an 8 month old German Shepherd dog with great motivation. I have also received calls from other people, such as this 75 year old woman who can barely walk and needs help with a year old lab. You got it. Low energy dogs with low energy owners!
There are others, but you get the idea. In both of these cases, the dogs were given to them as gifts by their children.
What were they thinking about?
These ladies could not take care of these dogs. Even walking was a big problem. The ladies were knocked out, scratched and beaten so violently with their mouths that their arms were covered with cuts and scratches.
These are just two recent examples. Over the years, I have seen the same story over and over again.
So I asked the shepherd lady why she had a shepherd. She said she had owned three in the past and they were all big dogs. This happened in the very distant past when she was MUCH younger.
Big strong dogs need exercise and training. They also need an owner who has the strength and energy to handle, train and groom such a dog.
So what kind of dog needs a person with a weak drive? That depends entirely on your energy level. But let’s talk about those ladies in the 70’s and 80’s for simplicity.
Since these ladies don’t walk or jog every day, I think they need a dog that likes to sit on their lap. Yes, they need a dog that doesn’t need long walks.
These ladies each wanted a dog that would give them something to love and care for. A dog makes older people feel needed and loved. However, remember that we need to be smart when helping our elderly loved ones and we need to help them find a dog that is right for them when they grow up.
Just because you owned a large dog in the past doesn’t mean it’s the right dog for you today.
One more thing. You are probably wondering what happened to the two dogs we talked about in this article. I was able to help them find a new home for both dogs forever.