The barnboomer generation has just begun retirement. Born between 1946 and 1964, there are approximately 76 million baby boomers in the United States today, or about 28% of the American population. Baby boomers are healthier, richer and better educated than their parents, and they can expect to live well into the 80's. They have raised their children and now they are the empty nests the children have moved to their own lives.
To fill emptiness in the house when the children leave, many retirees get a pet or they inherit one from their children. In fact, baby boomers are more inclined than other age groups to own pets. However, according to several recent studies, baby boomers plan to travel extensively in their retirement, and many will face the dilemma of what to do with their dogs and cats while traveling.
Alternatives include hiring pets or leaving pets behind in kennels or pets. Interestingly, however, a survey conducted by a pet food company shows that more than half of all senior retirees prefer to bring their pets along with them while traveling. Traveling with a pet gives a more fulfilling vacation for many seniors.
So what's the best breed of dog to travel baby boomers? It depends on the type of person and type of trip. Physically suitable adventure seekers who like outdoor activities like camping and hiking may consider choosing a dog from the Sporting Group, which includes Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, English Springer Spaniels and Weimaraners. Although these dogs are usually good-natured, friendly dogs who enjoy outdoor activities, someone who thinks about this kind of pet must be ready to spend time and energy to work out and train their pets.
Traveling with a larger dog is also quite different from a smaller dog. The most comfortable way to travel with any dog over 15 pounds is by car or RV. This often makes it possible to walk and hydrate the dog. Of course, the animal must always be secured for safety.
For those who take trips that require air travel, there are many considerations when taking a large pet together. Without a doubt, your pet must travel in the cargo hold, and it must therefore have a uniform temperament. An IATA-compliant animal box will be required, which will be a health check by your veterinarian just before you fly.
For many retirees, and especially for residential and physical ones, a smaller dog may be a better choice. Even if they also have to be restrained when traveling in a car or RV, small pets make big travel companions. Most small pets enjoy the change in the landscape and are really happy to be with you in a new environment. Keep in mind, however, that no pet should ever be left in the car alone.
In addition, many traveling pet owners also think that their small dogs may be permitted to fly with them in the cabins on many commercial routes instead of the cargo container. Sniper-breeds like Pugs are not allowed in the cargo area because of their breathing problems. Be careful and be careful when selecting this breed if you want to travel a lot.
There are other reasons that smaller dogs may be a better choice for aging baby boomers. Larger dogs can be scary to strangers, and many pet-friendly hotels have size restrictions on dogs. Older baby boomers may also have difficulty coping with larger, more energetic, young dogs.
Minor dogs traveling baby boomers might want to consider are Miniature or Toy Poodles, Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, Pekinese, Maltese, Lhasa Apso, Pekinese and Yorkshire Terrier. All these breeds make great herd dogs and wonderful companions.
On a strict budget? Do not forget your local zoo !! They have wonderful pets for adoption and many of them have already been educated and mature. In many cases, these animals come from loving homes, which for many reasons could no longer care about them. In most cases, these animals are very grateful for a second chance and prove that they are loving and loyal pets.
If a baby boomer favors traveling by car or air, there are a few reasons why owning the right size or breed of pets would hinder their vacation. Traveling with a pet can add a dimension to a trip and make it more fun for both the pet and their owners.