Senior dogs have just as much fun as puppies. Stimulating games and puzzle toys are perfect for most dogs, but for senior dogs, they are especially great for dogs who are less active and perhaps have underlying health conditions that make mobility difficult.
Walks can still be fun for many senior dogs, albeit a shorter distance and slower, dogs of all ages may enjoy sniffing the environment and exploring the terrain. But when you’re playing with a senior dog, consider some things you may not have thought about when they were 3 years old, like:
• Fragile bones – may make him prone to injury
• Muscle weakness – means he could be less coordinated
• Diminishing eyesight or hearing – may make games like fetch a bit more difficult
• Mental capacity – decreasing cognitive dysfunction may make throwing a ball 2 feet unnoticeable
• Joint pain or arthritis – may make movement difficult and uncomfortable
For instance, a bit of arthritis or joint pain may make your older dog get sore after an enthusiastic hike and may need to be encouraged to rest the next day. That’s why it’s important to choose the proper toys when deciding which games fit the needs of your senior dog.
Hero Treat N Play toys are perfect for senior dogs!
A game of Hide-and-Seek may be one of the best games to play with your senior dog. Depending on your dog’s health and interests, this game can take many forms, but one thing is certain – he needs to find something he can’t see. Hero Treat ‘N Play toys stimulate his mind while satisfying his need to hunt, and may also aid in cleaning teeth and soothing gums. Simply fill the toy with your dog’s favorite kibble or treat, and he’ll be self-entertained for hours of mind-bending hunting and treating fun. Hero Treat ‘N Play toys also allow for slow feeding to aid in digestion and weight management.