Senior gymnastics is already very common among people. But does this also make sense for dogs? Should dogs still be challenged or encouraged in old age? And is there also training for dog-like “gray cells”? The answer to all of these questions is very clear: yes!
Gentle motor skills and gymnastics for dog seniors
“”My dog is already so old! He doesn’t learn anything anymore! “
You hear this phrase again and again in relation to older dogs. In order to be fit and healthy in old age, dog seniors are also happy about gentle movement exercises and age-appropriate thinking.
Light muscle exercises with the dog senior slow down muscle breakdown and maintain mobility. Conscious lifting and lowering of the limbs or gentle bending of the body help. There are numerous, safe motor skills exercises that are ideal for old dogs. Of course, a dog senior should no longer have to make jumps or quick sprints, because health comes first. But targeted gymnastics is good and not only fun for the dogs.
The owners also have a lot of fun seeing how mobile their dog senior can still be. Especially dogs with diseases of the musculoskeletal system (e.g. arthrosis, hip dysplasia, neurological problems, etc.) benefit from targeted training. The muscles are strengthened and the dogs gain safety again. However, positive and non-violent training is an elementary factor here.
Whoever stops rusting – this also applies to our dogs
A senior dog has a lot of fun, not only when it comes to motor skills. Age-appropriate thinking and search games also keep brain activity mobile and fit.
Unfortunately, the topic of headwork is often quickly neglected in old dogs. Especially tasks that can be mastered with the nose are not only species-appropriate, but most dogs also have a lot of fun into old age.
Short search games can be carried out both in the apartment and on the walk. These do not require a lot of preparation, are connected with little effort and have a consistently positive effect on the dog senior.
Last but not least, it is exactly the same as with humans: dogs that are challenged in an age-appropriate manner stay young longer. Last but not least, how fast dogs age depends on how quickly we let them age. A challenged senior feels left alone, superfluous and useless. If you want to see the pure zest for life in the eyes of your dog up to senior age, you should not underwhelm him, but rather challenge and promote it in a targeted and well-dosed manner.