Introduction

At four years old, your doggo is definitely passed the puppy stage. Since they are not yet old and gray, where does that leave them? In the woofderful adult stage! Adult dogs are a delight to have around. They know the ropes and understand the rules. Plus, their bodies are strong and healthy, so they are pawfect adventure companions. And they’ll gladly follow you to the ends of the earth! But after an afternoon of hiking or a pawsome trip to the park, your pooch is content to lounge around let you get some things done. Read on for some furrific information about your four year old fur baby!

Growth and Development

By the time your pooch reaches four, they don’t have the frenetic energy of a puppy. The days of them bouncing off the walls or tearing around in circles is over (phew!). This doesn’t mean your pup should be a couch potato, as exercise is still critical for their health. But just how much exercise does your pup need at this age? Well, this depends on their breed and energy level. Generally speaking, larger breeds and high energy dogs need as much as two hours of exercise a day. Older and smaller pups can do with around 20-30 minutes. To maximize the benefits, exercise needs to be paired with mental stimulation. Sticking your pup in the backyard for an hour isn’t the same as going for a stroll around the neighborhood. While walking around the block, your pup gets to take in dozens of new smells. On the other paw, they are probably pretty familiar with what’s in their own backyard.

Health

Hopefully, your pup has been having yearly checkups and vaccinations. By now they are experts at visiting the vet and are as cool as a cucumber when they walk through the clinic door. Rabies vaccines are administered in one or three year increments. If your pup received the three year vaccine when they were a year old, it’s time for them to get another rabies shot. Since your pup is just a few years away from falling into the “senior” category, it’s the pawfect time to get them as healthy and fit as pawssible. Ask your vet to take some baseline blood tests so you know what your doggo’s "normal" looks like. The test results can help your vet detect, manage, and prevent illness. If pawssible, stick with one vet clinic and one veterinarian. Developing a relationship with their doctor, can help your pal deal with the stress of a vet visit.

Training

Agility training is a pawsome way to keep your dog fit and mentally stimulated. Agility training is a set of obstacles that create a course. Obstacles include weave poles, dogwalk, standard jumps, pause table, tunnel, tire jump, and a teeter board. Like any other training, teaching your dog agility takes patience and perseverance. If your pup gets really into it and excels, consider entering competitions. It can also be just a hobby and a fun activity that you and your pup can bond over!
Sleep
Sleep

14-18 Hours a Day

Catching zzz's is a regular part of your dog's life.
Training
Training

New Tricks

Teach your dog a fun trick like 'shake' or 'speak.'
Toys
Toys

Tug Toys

Get a rope or knot toy and play tug-of-war with your pooch!
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