Tue Mar 12 Back to Blog Home

Golden Oldies.

Following on from our talk at the Lamppost café earlier this month about aging dogs, I just thought I would summarise my thoughts.

We spend a lot of time thinking about puppies, socialisation and training and do not talk enough about aging dogs.

Last night we talked about the importance of continued training, socialisation, enrichment and mental stimulation throughout the dog’s life. These things keep the brain working and can slow down the process of brain aging.

Things we can train our dogs when younger may help later in life, things like coming back to hand signals as well as voice cues, training your dog to use a ramp to get into the car, using their nose and walks in different places and environments.

From the veterinary side, we discussed the importance of getting senior health checks, for eyesight, hearing, weight problems, heart problems and very importantly dental problems.

We assume as our dogs age they will slow down and they do, but we can help them have a better quality of life if we can regularly provide regular training, exercise and stimulation on top of health checks.

With health we can make sure we do basic health checks like checking the teeth and gums, watch for changes in behaviour like movement not seeing too well or weight problems. If you are concerned do not ignore it, the vet could help you and your dog.

Let’s make sure we put the same effort into our senior dogs as we do our puppies.

Spend a little time weekly keeping our aging dogs as tip top as we can.

Robin


Keyword: Dog Training | Dog Health | Older Dogs | Top Tips | Enrichment for your Dog 

ref: 1 | Golden Oldies.