Introduction

When it comes to being a dog, turning eight is pawstively great! And as their parent, you get to appreciate this pawsome age as well. By this time, your pup is mellower than they were a few years back. Even though naps and lounging around are a part of their daily schedule, most dogs at this age still have some pep in their step. One of the best things you can do for your pooch now (and at any age) is to keep up on the daily walks. What else can you do to help them be their happiest and healthiest? Read on to find out!

Growth and Development

As your pooch gets older, their lungs lose elasticity and may not be able to oxygenate blood at full capacity. As a result, your pooch starts to slow down. Whether they are just moseying around the house or out on a walk, their speed noticeably decreases. If you have a large breed, this slow down happens around this age. Since they live a few years longer than their heftier peers, small breeds may not experience this for a couple more years. Either way, pay attention to your pup’s mobility and don’t push them to do more activity or move at a faster pace than what they are comfortable with. This doesn’t mean walks are out the window. Quite the opposite. Taking your pooch for a walk, no matter how short and slow it may be, is a puptacular way to boost their spirit and health. So grab the leash and get walking!

Health

Say the words ‘hip displaysia’ and any dog within earshot will shutter. It is every large (and some small) dog’s worst nightmare. What is this nasty condition? It occurs when the ball and socket hip joint does not develop correctly. Eventually the bones rub against one another. While hip displaysia can manifest as early as four months, it typically shows up in older dogs. It is hereditary and some large breeds are more prone to it than others. If you notice your dog struggling to get up, limping, or having a hard time climbing stairs ask your vet to take some X-rays. If your pal is diagnosed, don’t despair. There are several things you can do to help them. Weight loss, anti-inflammatory medications, and joint supplements are all beneficial. If your pal’s condition worsens and they are in unbearable pain, consider a total hip replacement or one of the other surgical strategies.

Training

It’s been said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Well, whoever came to this conclusion was not a pet parent. It’s entirely pawssible to add new commands and tricks to your pup’s well established repertoire. There is a catch though. Older dogs need some additional time to learn and may not pick up on new tricks as quickly as they once did. Have patience and keep at it. They’ll love the new challenge!
Food
Food

Senior Dog Food

Transition your dog from adult kibble to senior food.
Sleep
Sleep

Sleepy Head

Don't be surprised if your older dog sleeps most of the day.
Toys
Toys

Softer Chews

Skip the hard bones and opt for softer chew toys.
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