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Becoming an empty nester is never as easy as it sounds. Your home seems to have become bigger yet much quieter. Your children have gone to embark on their own familial journeys and dedicate themselves to their careers. The absence of companionship and care becomes apparent in daily life. So, many enjoy keeping dogs. Who needs children anyways!

Keeping a pet has positive effects on both physical and mental well-being:


With ample free time after retirement, being alone at home can feel particularly lonely when children and grandchildren are busy during the day. Having a dog as a constant companion brings a sense of security and alleviates loneliness. Regular outings and walks with your beloved canine foster a stronger bond between owner and pet.

Mental agility

Spending time with dogs can enhance the cognitive abilities of older adults. Dogs, generally quite lively and intelligent, engage seniors in interactive games that stimulate thinking and prevent them from spending their days idly watching television.


Increased motivation for outdoor activities

Going outside might seem such a daunting task, opting to confine oneself at home is a much more relaxing idea. However, owning a dog necessitates regular walks, and with pet parks available in all eighteen districts, you bet your dog will encourage you to venture outdoors. Taking the dog for a walk not only benefits the pet but also uplifts the owner's mood. Go get some fresh air!


Considerations for adopting or purchasing a pet:

If one intends to keep a dog, we strongly advise you to adopt rather than buy. Numerous animal welfare organisations offer abandoned ‘fur babies’ awaiting adoption. These organisations thoroughly examine the animals' health before placing them with new owners, ensuring a high level of assurance. Please note the following when when choosing a dog:


  1. Health condition: Learn about the dog's health condition before adoption to determine if it is suitable for care.
  1. Size and breed: Smaller dogs are generally more suitable for older individuals due to their lower physical demands. They are lighter and require less food, making them easier to manage. Examples include Schnauzers, Toy Poodles, and Shih Tzus.
  1. Gentle temperament: When selecting a dog for retirees, choose breeds that are known for their gentle, lively, and people-oriented temperament.
  1. Coat maintenance: Short-haired dogs are easier to clean and groom, making them more suitable for individuals who prefer less time spent on pet care. Long-haired dogs require regular bathing and meticulous grooming, which is better suited for patient individuals who derive satisfaction from such activities.


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Related websites:

Housing Authority Elderly Portal - Q&A on Pet Ownership