Tips for Owners of Senior Dogs
The saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is absolutely not true! As your dog ages, it is important to keep both his body and his mind active and healthy. Teaching tricks is a great way to maintain your dog’s cognitive and learning skills. Besides that, it’s just plain fun!
*Feeding- As dogs mature and age they can become less active than their adolescent counterparts! You may find the need to change the amount you feed your senior dog so that unhealthy weight gain doesn’t occur, especially when using food treats for training.
*Regular vet checks and a “baseline exam” can help your veterinarian determine the health needs of your senior pet as he ages. Often these exams can mean the difference in having a few extra years with your companion senior dog.
*Mental stimulation- teaching tricks and exploring new places can go a long way toward enriching the life of your new friend.