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5 Ways To Keep Your Senior Dog Active

Watching a young energetic pet approach their senior years is not an easy sight for the eyes. Slowing metabolism and waning appetites can lead to a less-than-usual interest in outdoor activities and a general sense of listlessness in your pet. However, all these symptoms are interrelated; if regular mobility is not encouraged, it can lead to higher loss in muscle mass and increase their chances of growing obese as they age. In order to prevent unreasonable weight gain and all the ailments that come with it, it’s important to keep your canine healthy and active. We’ve enlisted 5 simple ways you can do that:

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 geriartic 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.

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