Your Geriatric Dogs Needs Mental Needs

Mental needs at this stage of life are • lower than in the other stages of life, but they are still there. Using obedience training at this stage of life keeps your dog's mind clear and alert. If a dog spends too much time alone, her mind can become "mushy" just like when older people spend too much time alone. Small training sessions will keep her happy and mentally alert.

Small training sessions will also

• help your dog remain feeling valuable to you. If she can't jog or hike with you like she used to, she can at least do her teamwork exercises with you to receive your praise and admiration. This is critical in keeping her spirits up and preventing her from becoming depressed.

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