Although it is true that changes older dogs experience are inevitable, dogs that get exercise, mental stimulation can avoid some of the physical and cognitive changes that can come along with age.
Alongside good nutrition, the following are some ways you can improve the quality of life for your senior dog:
Introduce new toys and activities
For an older dog, a new toy isn’t just fun and exciting – it can also offer your dog mental stimulation and encourage more interaction. It is advised that you contact a vet or a pet store to know what toys are suitable for older dogs.
Explore new environment
Whether it’s taking your dog to a new place to play, a dog park or even walking a completely new route, the novel experience of a different location can help provide your dog with mental stimulation. Staying in the same old cycle for years on end does not stimulate your dog as it grows older.
Keep it socially active
As long as your dog doesn’t show signs of aggression or anxiety, the chance to interact with other dogs will help keep your dog socially active. Keeping dogs socially active is important. It helps them stay socialized and reduces the risk of them developing behavioural problems as they age.
Teach new tricks.
The old cliché isn’t true – you can teach your old dog new tricks. Asking your dog to learn a new command will test his or her brain against a new challenge. This is good for mental stimulation.
Increase playtime with your dog
Now that your dog is past his prime, he still needs just as much care and attention as he did as a puppy. When you give them time and care, you can both enjoy the years you have left together.
Visit your veterinarian regularly
Your veterinarian is your best resource for making sure your dog stays healthy. During your dog’s senior years, you may want to consider more frequent veterinary appointments for your dog. And, if in doubt, call your veterinarian for advice about any issues or concerns you might have. Dogs, like humans, tend to develop age-related ailments as they grow older. It is best to be on top of every new development as it comes.
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