Part 2: Why Play Is So Important For Your Older Dog!
When our old cocker spaniel, Cotton, got old, I noticed that he was less interested in his old toys and the games he used to love to play. You may have noticed this with your old dog as well. But you know what, if I got down on the floor with an old favorite toy and started up one of his favorite games, like tug of war, he was all of a sudden back to being a puppy! He seemed energized and ready to play…and had a happy look on his face.
I think that sometimes we, as owners, are the ones to blame for them not playing. They don’t initiate it, so we assume they aren’t interested. But half the fun is having you involved in the play and your attention, especially if you are down on their level.
Studies have shown that dogs that don’t engage in a lot of play suffer from behavioral issues such as anxiety or aggression. Less playtime can also lead to an increase in whining, jumping up, and not coming when called. Read More…