I wanted to share some fun games for older dogs in an effort to keep those furry seniors thinking!
Just because your dog is older, doesn’t mean he doesn’t enjoy “fun” anymore.
In fact, it’s the complete opposite. Although it may take a little more effort on your part, you should really try to stimulate your older dog by including some fun in his daily life.
I’ve always tried to play at least one game with my dogs daily. I try and make their play time something that includes a little bit of mental challenge and includes a little physical exercise as well.
Including fun games for older dogs helps to keep your senior’s brain sharp. I like to think of it as being similar to a senior citizen doing a crossword puzzle. It’s a challenge and requires thinking.
This is no different for your old dog. He or she also needs that mental stimulation included into their daily regimen. Since crossword puzzles probably won’t work for your older dog – here’s some other ideas and things that I’ve done over the years with my old fur babies:
Fun Games For Older Dogs #1
Food can be a great motivator. Place your dog’s favorite treat (or 2) in a bag or a box filled with newspaper and let your dog find it. You might have to first let her sniff it a little and then let her sniff the bag a little so she knows it’s in there. Her nose isn’t as young as it used to be.
It’s best to use a treat that really has a smell to it. If your dog has a difficult time smelling it, she might become bored and quit. Once she’s on to what you’re doing, get creative and let her smell the treat, smell the bag and then hide the bag and have her find it!
Fun Games For Older Dogs #2
Another fun game for older dogs is to simply toss some of their treats or kibble (sparingly folks – managing weight for senior dogs is critical) around and let them find it. Let him see you toss it, but toss it in different directions so that he has to go to different parts of the room to get it. Again, get creative and make a trail with kibbles that lead up to a bigger treat.
These games are by no means the only exercise your older dog should get. It’s critical that you walk your old timer daily. Even it’s short walks – it’s a MUST!
Do you have any games that you play with your older dog that you can share? I would love to hear what you’re doing!
Does your older dog need a boost? Often times if dogs are lacking nutritionally, they will perk right up when they receive their nutritional needs.