Aging Dogs: Functioning for Life

In this Session, Lori will provide information helpful to everyone living or working with older dogs. As dogs age, they slow down just as we do. Typically, dogs lose hind-end strength and proprioception. Mental and sensory functioning often decline as well. As the aging process continues, many dogs lose the ability to function in life’s daily activities, for example, going up and down stairs. This loss is partially due to muscle weakness, which can often be strengthened so dogs can regain function again. This Session will introduce bodywork, fitness exercises, useful equipment, and tips for everyday life with older dogs.

You will learn how to keep aging dogs active and how to keep them functioning. You’ll also learn what you can do to support aging dogs and help them regain confidence. This information is empowering in an area where we often feel helpless.

Applying these techniques will make life easier for your aging dog. It will also make caring for aging dogs easier, more joyful, and enriching for you.

Lori Stevens

Lori Stevens (CPDT-KA, SAMP, CCFT, CPBC) is a Senior Tellington TTouch practitioner for dogs, cats, and other animals. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a certified Small Animal Massage Practitioner, a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, and a Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant.

Lori uses humane and scientific methods to improve the health, behavior, and performance of animals. Her experience is holistic and incorporates respect for animals as teachers. She continually studies the interactions between animal behavior, movement, learning, and health, and this is reflected in her innovative approach. Lori has an established companion animal practice in Seattle, WA. She also teaches workshops and presents at conferences worldwide. Lori has three DVDs produced by Tawzer Dog Videos. The most recent of her DVDs is called Gift of a Gray Muzzle: Active Care for Senior Dogs and is co-presented with Kathy Sdao.

Lori teaches online classes on canine fitness, aging dogs, and massage for Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. She is the creator of the Balance Harness by Blue-9 Pet Products.