How to Walk an Old Dog

Old DogYou have to be careful when you are walking an older dog because old dogs are not always active and in full health. They could have health problems such as arthritis that make it very hard for them to walk for long distances. Therefore, the first thing to keep in mind is that you should take an old dog on a short walk. Do not take it too far from your home so that you can head back if the dog seems to be laboring or having trouble.

One good trick is just to walk on a small area near your home that you can traverse multiple times. This way, you can keep going if the dog is enjoying it but you will never be too far away if the dog has trouble — remember, the dog will have to walk all of the way back if you go a long ways from your home and then it begins to struggle.

Along similar lines, be ready to take frequent breaks. Many times an old dog will just need to rest its joints and catch its breath. You should only take it for a walk when you have enough time to take these breaks.

If you want to take an older dog to the dog park or dog run, you’ll want to make sure there’s a shady area to rest. Your dog probably won’t want to run around and play with the younger dogs. You should also make sure you have water for your dog to drink. If your dog looks overly tired and gets snippy, it’s probably time to go home.

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