Activities for elderly dogs

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When a dog starts in its old age stage, its physiology changes, becoming slower and less active as a result of the deterioration suffered by its tissues and also its nervous system. But all these characteristics of old age will not prevent you from playing with it..

At AnimalWised we help you think about some activities for elderly dogs that will make your partner feel happy every day by your side, and the advantages of having an elderly dog ​​are endless.

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  1. Offer him massages
  2. Enjoy with him outdoors
  3. Reward him whenever he deserves it
  4. Walk with him every day
  5. Take him for a swim
  6. Play with him

Offer him massages

We enjoy massages, and ¿why wouldn't your dog enjoy too?

A good massage relax your dog and also encourages your bond it makes you feel loved, safe and comfortable. Do not think that these are the only benefits, massage also improves flexibility and the circulatory system among others.

The massage should be a gentle pressure that runs from the nape of the neck all the spine, around the ears and at the base of the legs. The head is also a pleasant area for them. See how they enjoy and do it too.

The elderly dog ​​needs special care, combining it with massages will promote their comfort and happiness.

Enjoy with him outdoors

¿Who said an old dog couldn't do things? Although your dog progressively reduces his activity level, what is certain is that keep enjoying being outdoors with you.

If he cannot walk long distances, take the car and drive him yourself to a meadow, forest or beach to spend a pleasant Saturday with him. Even if you do not run, you will continue to enjoy nature and the benefits of the sun, a great source of vitality.

Reward him whenever he deserves it

Contrary to what many believe, an elderly dog ​​is still happy every time he makes a correct order and you reward him. Make you feel useful It is an essential premise for the dog to always feel integrated into the family unit.

Use specific treats or snacks for him every time you think he deserves it, it is important that your elderly dog ​​does not feel displaced. However, remember that it is very important to prevent obesity, a very negative factor that can cause serious illness in an older dog. Vitamins are also important, ask your veterinarian what care your elderly dog ​​requires.

Walk with him every day

Elderly dogs also need a walk although they generally tend to get tired after a prolonged walking session. ¿What can you do? Take shorter but more frequent walks, an average of 30 minutes a day will be enough to prevent obesity and keep your muscles in shape.

Never forget that even if you live in a house with a garden, it is very important that your dog goes for a walk with you, for him the walk is relaxing and is full of information from those who live around him, do not turn his last stage of life into a prison.

Take him for a swim

Swimming is an activity that relaxes in addition to strengthening muscles. If your elderly dog ​​likes to swim, do not hesitate to take him to a special pool or a lake.

Avoid places with a lot of current so that your dog does not have to use excessive force against the current when trying to stay in one place. You should also be with him to enjoy this bath together and be attentive in case anything happens. Dry well with a large towel, as older dogs are more prone to hypothermia.

Plus, swimming is super good for dogs with hip dysplasia., ¡enjoy the summer with him and improve his quality of life!

Play with him

¿Doesn't it have the same vitality as before? It doesn't matter, your old dog still want to have fun and chase balls, because it is present in their nature.

Play with him whenever he asks you to, although always moderating the game and adapting it to the aging of his bones. Use shorter distances, not so much height, etc..

We also advise you to leave a toy for him when he is alone at home so that he can entertain himself and not feel alone. ¡Pamper your elderly dog, he deserves it!

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