Changes in your dog’s behaviour
Be aware that older dogs are more sensitive to loud or sudden noises and tend to sleep more. Make time to play calm games with them such as scent exercises to help them remain mentally active. Many behavioural changes in older dogs are due to an underlying medical disorder. They can be a little less tolerant of being picked up or receiving lots of attention. They can become a little grumpy if they are disturbed when resting owing to sore joints so children need to be advised to treat them with more care and respect – seek advice from a vet if you have any concerns.
There is never a shortage of older dogs at our rehoming centres looking for a new place to call their own, with many years of life left to enjoy.
Unfortunately, older dogs are more difficult to rehome. By offering one of our senior residents a loving new home you will be making a personal contribution to animal welfare. Take a look at all of our older dogs currently looking for homes.
Still looking for advice?
If you have any questions about your pet, please don’t hesitate to contact us.