With their calm and mellow nature, senior dogs make great companions. However, this also means that they may not be able to indulge in the same kind of activities they did when they were younger. Here are some activities to do with your older dog that will keep him or her physically and mentally stimulated.
Caution: Choosing activities to do with your older dog
1. Make walks interesting
Change your route every now and then for variety. If your dog up for it, go on hikes with mild to moderate terrain.
2. Encourage safe swimming
Monitor your dog during the swim to ensure that he or she does not get exhausted. For safety, pick shallow depths, make your dog wear a life jacket and have portable steps or a ladder to help your dog get out of water easily.
3. Seek company
Be mindful of your dog’s preferences — some senior dogs like the company of younger dogs, whereas some might prefer to observe from a distance. Don’t force your dog into any interactions that he or she doesn’t enjoy.
4. Plan a road trip
5. Give a nice massage
Just like humans, dogs develop pain in the joints as they get older. Not just that, your dog may also be suffering from stress and anxiety. In these cases, some calming music and a soothing massage session can make your dog’s day! Plus, its a great way to spend time with your dog and bond.
Here’s a detailed guide on how to massage your dog.
6. Get the right senior dog toys
What dog toys top the list on how to entertain your senior dog? Balls that bounce lightly, soft chew ropes, plush toys etc. Puzzles that dispense dog's treats at the end are great too.
In case you can’t buy toys now, create a scent trail and make your dog sniff out treats hidden in the room for an interesting game.
Important tip: Choosing activities to do with your older dog
Smell is a dog’s sharpest sense. It is especially vital when he or she gets older and the other senses start to fade. So pick activities which stimulate your older dog’s sense of smell.
A few modifications to your older dog’s daily routine and lifestyle will ensure that he or she feels stays physically & mentally active. It might add a few years to their lives too!