I work in a group home for the mentally chalenged and handicaped. i have been looking at alot of diffrent breeds. The dog needs to be medium sized, fine with cats as they have two. they need to be mellow as there is an elderly lady that lies there. two are in wheel chairs. Can anybody give me any ideas as to the right breed?
A BORDER COLLIE? Isn't that a wee bit high energy for the elderly? Why not something a bit more low key, such as a smaller Golden Retriever or a Beagle, or if you don't mind the larger side of medium (Read the breed standard before you jump my case here)a DOBERMAN? Yes people, these are considered MEDIUM sized dogs and alot of champion bitches (including one of mine) are about 24 inches at the shoulder. I did assisted living pet therapy with my big daddy, Duke, at 28 inches and 85 pounds, he was everyone's favorite because he was (is) so quiet and gentle natured. Unfortunately, we lost our time slot, the only one I could swing, but who knows maybe we'll get it back. And BTW, my Duke is not "certified" he does however have his CGC, that was all the center required. Good luck!
Most goldens I have seen come into the grooming shop lately have been just as high energy as a border collie.
I of course am going to say a mini aussie. There are plenty of them that are therapy dogs. Yes they can be high energy, but they calm down and love their people. They are not nearly as active as most people think, and usually run about 25-40lbs.
My ultimate suggestion is to looking into a shelter dog. There are plenty of shelter dogs that are of mid-age so they have already gone through there puppy and teenage stages. You could find a wonderful dog that is quiet enough to enjoy the elderly residents, and become a wonderful companion to you. Really consider a shelter dog.
A beagle they are one of the most curious and love to dig not a good dog border collies are very smart I have a border and he is very tame and sociable I love beagles but they are just to curious. Login the golden good dog too
my pick will be no shock to anyone a boston. i cant tell you from personal experance how they act as puppys because i got mine when he was 4. but his old ppl told me he was always calm. i have never met a dog who loved people as much, they are very smart, very loving, easy to train, and cute. my gram loves my boston she said the only way she would ever have another dog is if i let her take him (that will never happen lol) or if she found one like him.
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My in-laws had a bichon. Whenever my in-laws boarded her, the kennel would take her to care centers for visits. She was small enough to sit in someone's lap and was very soft. I think that made her especially soothing to the people she visited.
She was extra small for her breed, so even if she had a bout of "puppy crazies" she wasn't going to hurt anything.
I would say think about adopting a dog from the shelter. A mix might be the best thing here, lol. Other wise I would say a Bichon is a good breed, and possibly a retired Greyhound or Whippet. They are both nice calm breeds that do well with people, and are easy to groom and keep clean.
We should strive to be the kind of people our dogs think we are.
This is nice post. I want a Beagle and she wants a Schnauzer, then I said a labrador retriever and she says Pit Bull. Now we are just settling for a breed that can fit our life style and a dog to keep my wife company when I travel over seas. We have pretty long hours at work (7am to 5pm M-F only) but with the weekends off. Want want either a small or medium size dog that does well with kids (especially babies). We can give the dog at least 2 walks a day and groom it at least twice a week. Also we need a dog that doesn't bark or whine when we are not at home. So if you know a place where I can talk to someone about this, a website, or if your a dog expert; that'll be a huge help for us. Thanks. http://abdo.ca/