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  • Writer's pictureJuliana Leschinsky

FOREVER YOUNG: FIVE FUN GAMES FOR YOUR SENIOR DOG'S MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

Playing games with your aging dog can provide important physical and mental stimulation, and can help improve their overall well-being. Here are 5 games you can play with your aging dog:


Photo by Juliana Leschinsky

HIDE AND SEEK

This game is great for mental stimulation and can be modified to suit your dog's abilities. Start by hiding a treat or a toy in an easy-to-find spot and encourage your dog to search for it. Once your dog has found the item, praise them and give them a treat. Gradually increase the difficulty of the hiding spot to keep your dog challenged.


PUZZLE TOYS

Puzzle toys are a great way to keep your dog mentally stimulated. There are many different types of puzzle toys on the market, ranging from simple to complex. Choose one that is appropriate for your dog's age and skill level. Puzzle toys often require your dog to manipulate objects in order to retrieve a treat or toy, providing both physical and mental stimulation.


FETCH

Fetch is a classic game that can provide great physical exercise for your aging dog. Choose a soft ball or toy that is easy for your dog to carry in their mouth. Start by throwing the ball a short distance and gradually increase the distance as your dog becomes more comfortable. Be sure to take breaks and give your dog plenty of water during playtime.


TUG OF WAR

Tug of War is a great game for strengthening your dog's jaw and neck muscles. Choose a soft rope or toy and play in a safe, open area. Be sure to let your dog win occasionally to keep the game fun and engaging.


NOSE WORK

Nose work is a fun and challenging game that requires your dog to use their sense of smell. Start by hiding a treat or toy in an easy-to-find location and encourage your dog to search for it using their nose. Once your dog has found the item, praise them and give them a treat. Gradually increase the difficulty of the hiding spot to keep your dog challenged. Nose work is a great way to provide mental stimulation for your aging dog, and can be modified to suit their individual abilities.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juliana Leschinsky specializes in capturing the deep connections between pets and their owners through stunning and artistic photography. Her style effortlessly reflects the natural emotions and personalities of both the pet and owner, resulting in timeless images that showcase their special bond.



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