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.