Even elderly dogs need regular exercise
It is well known that dogs age at different rates, and life expectancy can vary greatly depending on the size of your dog and their specific breed. Whilst even elderly dogs need regular exercise, there are several things to take into consideration when taking a senior for a walk.
One of the main things to remember is that as your dog gets older, their walks will need to be shorter. As the walks get shorter, you should consider making these walks more frequent. This way your dog will be getting all of the exercise they need, but without getting too worn out.
You will often find that older dogs require much more rest after walks than their younger counterparts. Making sure that they recover well after exercise is very important, and you should make sure that they have the time and space needed to recuperate.
Reduced senses in elderly dogs
As your dog gets older, they may also become less alert and aware of their surroundings. You may notice that they become slower to react and that their senses begin to deteriorate. To make sure that they remain safe, you should try to keep a closer eye on them whilst out and about.
The weather may also take more of a toll on your canine friend as they get older. Whilst most elderly dogs don’t need to be kept in on cold or wet days, it may be worth investing in a warm, waterproof coat for them.
If you notice unexpected changes in your dog’s behaviour, or are worried about the effects of ageing, it is always best to consult your vet.