Tips To Improve Your Older Dog’s Life

As dogs age, it’s especially important to provide age-appropriate activities to keep them sharp and happy and to help them get around comfortably and safely. And don’t forget a cozy, joint-cushioning bed for those all-important power naps!
  • -Slower, shorter, and more frequent walks with more time allowed for scenting. For most older dogs, exercise is still a great option to prevent muscle atrophy, even if they can’t go as far as they used to. Shorter, more frequent walks can be very beneficial to a dog, not only physically, but mentally as well. For dogs that struggle to complete a short walk comfortably, a little support can go a long way.
  • Low impact playtime activities like foraging. Hide little treats for your dog to find. Choose treats with a strong, delicious smell so they’re easier to find for dogs with failing eyesight.
  • -Utilize runners to make floors less slippery, and ramps and stairs to help your dog access the bed or the couch. Dean Flooring’s attractive, non-slip carpet stair treads, runners, and rugs give older dogs much need traction.
  • Help your dog in and out of the car. A ramp designed to help dogs in and out of vehicles can be a godsend for both you and your dog.
  • -Shorter bouts of play. Be sure younger dogs aren’t allowed to pester old dogs to play when they don’t feel like it.
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