5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Active at Any Age

5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Active at Any Age

As pet owners, one of our biggest anxieties is often our beloved pals ageing and starting to slow down. But luckily, just like humans, dogs can stay active well into their senior years—all it takes is the right nutrition and lifestyle. 

Whilst older dogs are more likely to develop mobility issues or other conditions that may limit how much they can exercise—it’s really important to keep them active and stimulated, for their overall health. 

If you’re looking for some advice on how to keep your senior dog fit and active, even if they can’t walk as far as they used to, try these Vetwell tips. 

  1. Try shorter but more frequent walks

    Whilst young dogs love a long walk, some senior dogs cope better with shorter bursts of exercise, with lots of rest in between. Try changing up your walking schedule to two or three short walks a day. Walk at their pace and don’t force them out if they’re tired or stiff. Take breaks on walks and stick to familiar routes.
  2. Switch up their exercise routine

    It doesn’t have to be all about walking. If your dog loves water, swimming can actually be easier on the joints. Be mindful of where they’re swimming and make sure that they can easily enter and exit the water. 

  3. Get a snuffle mat

    Snuffle mats or Kong cones filled with treats can be a great way to keep your dog stimulated during the day. They can be a great replacement activity for walks if your dog’s just not up for exercise, or can’t walk as far as they used to.

  4. Try some new training and tricks

    Senior dogs still love to learn! Just like the snuffle mats, spending time with your dog teaching them new tricks can be a great way to keep them active and engaged with something other than lots of exercise. 

  5. Try joint support supplements

    Doggy supplements with active ingredients like green lipped mussel can be excellent for improving your dog's mobility. They work by reducing stiffness and inflammation of canine joints, so your dog can stay active even in old age. 

Remember, with all of the tips above, it’s really important to observe your dog and respond to what they’re trying to tell you.

Try mixing and matching the tips above and see if you see any positive changes in your dog’s energy levels and overall well-being.