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Find out more about your dogs
Doesn't it seem like only yesterday that your dog was getting ready for his first day at puppy training school? Time sure does fly. And just like people, dogs begin to lose their memory, awareness, ability to learn, sight and hearing as they get older. Ageing also messes with their sleep-wake cycles, so they often become restless at night and sleepy during the day.
Here are a few signs that may suggest your dog is not as sprightly as he or she used to be:
While every dog changes in different ways, as they get older, some of the most common behaviours of ageing dogs are:
staring at objects wandering aimlessly barking and whining more losing their appetite not looking after themselves as well as they used to forgetting commands forgetting good habits such as house training being more anxious reacting aggressively becoming more clingy and dependent, or showing less interested in affection, petting and playing.
When you understand the changes your dog is going through, it can help you to compassionately and effectively deal with any behaviour problems that may arise in their senior years.
If your dog's behaviour does change significantly, you should see your veterinarian. Don't assume that it's just part of getting old and nothing can be done to help them. The behaviour may be the sign of a treatable medical disorder.
No. While the average age that dogs hit ‘senior’ is seven years, is varies from breed to breed. In general, giant breeds tend to age early, and their life expectancy is usually less than 10 years. Large and medium-sized breeds have a life expectancy of 11-14 years. Small dogs can live 15 years or more.