5 Ways To Keep Your Senior Dog Active
1. Maintain a routine
An active dog is a healthy dog. And a healthy dog is one that maintains an active lifestyle. However, a healthy lifestyle is nothing but a habit. You must get your dog habituated to certain activities like walking after meals, or playing a quick game of hide and seek consistently, at regular intervals during the day and/or week. By doing so, your dog will grow fond of spending this time with you and look forward to it even when mobility is strained. After all, ‘walking the dog’ as they say, is good for you and for your precious canine.
2. Plan outdoor activities
When it comes to dog activity, every dog is different. You can look up a list of outdoor activities for dogs such as a picnic, a dip in the pool or a short trek depending on what your dog has enjoyed through their growing years. This endeavour will not only trigger their past memories but will also help them improve joint mobility and their heart-beat normal. Outdoor activities are also a great way to bond with your geriatric pet in their sunset years and keep them happy and fulfilled. Don’t forget to encourage them along the way with delicious treats like Pedigree Biscrok Biscuits, Tasty Bites, or Tasty Minis.
3. Keep their mind active
If they can’t keep up with regular outdoor activity like they used to, work on keeping their mind active instead. Puzzle toys, nose/scent games and treat-dispensing toys are great ways to provide mental stimulation and entertainment.
4. Continue training them
While your senior dog may be way past the trainable stage, it is still possible to teach them new tricks using positive reinforcement. Challenge your dog’s mind by teaching them new commands or tricks they haven’t picked up yet.
5. Throw them a party
Who doesn’t love a party? Your pet surely does. Find a good occasion to invite their fur buddies over so that they can socialize and have a good time. Being around dogs can certainly motivate your pet to be more active and feel happier. It’s a win-win all around.
As your pet ages, it’s important to pay attention to their patterns of mobility and ensure they get regular exercise from time to time. Include regular exercise as a part of their routine, engage in activities they enjoy and nudge them to make an effort. However, if you notice hesitation or signs of pain, re-evaluate the activities and consult your veterinarian.