Living With a Senior Dog: 6 Tips for When Your Puppy Grows Old by Katie Sloan
My dog rescued me in 2006. Now, at 11 years old, he has playful moments but is definitely slowing down. This is a special time for us. You see, as much as I love him, I know that I am his everything; the main character in his life’s story.
There are many reasons to embrace the golden years. As a puppy, my dog was destructive. Now he has manners and is housebroken. He sleeps in and is content with a quiet walk. Sadly, many owners bail on senior dogs, so here are tips some from my own experience and the experts at DogTime.com and The Senior Dogs Project:
- See the vet. Checkups twice a year help your vet stay ahead of potential issues or discomfort.
- Keep your dog comfortable. An orthopedic bed is easier on achy joints.
- Pay attention to the temperature. Older dogs overheat or get cold easier.
- Keep the routine and be flexible. Dogs crave routine. Keep the schedule, but be flexible. Our dog developed a fear of the kennel so we have a dog sitter and added in extra potty breaks.
- Exercise is important – but don’t let your pup over-do it.
- Spend time together. Your dog craves love, comfort and security from you. Create lasting memories. It will do your heart good too.
Learn more by visiting DogTime.com.