Senior Dog Behavior Changes: What to Expect

By: Orvis Staff

Photo by Stacy

In addition to their grey whiskers and slower pace, the behavior of senior dogs changes as they age. These behavior changes in your BFF can range from minor, such as slight shifts in sleep habits, to severe issues that require medical care. Often they are related to the cognitive decline, pain, and other ailments common in older dogs.

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How to Tell If Your Dog Is Too Cold

By: Orvis Staff

Photo by Erin, Forked River

Clear signs your dog is too cold include shivering, whimpering, curling in a ball, and balking at walks outside on a frosty day. But there are other signs your dog needs protection from the cold, and may require immediate warming up or even emergency medical attention. We have the answers to questions you may have about your chilly dog so you can take steps to keep him toasty warm and comfortable throughout the winter, and all year long.

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Is Your Dog a Senior?

Older dogs have a lot to offer.
Photos by Jane Sobel Klonsky, Project Unconditional

Just like people, dogs slow down with age. But how do you know if your dog is a senior? And what can you expect as he gets older? Similar to people, aging in dogs is highly variable based on dog breed, size, health, and environment. But there are some . . .

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Can You Train Old Dogs?

Make sure you give your older dog time to rest and recoup.
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You can indeed train old dogs, and there are good reasons to make obedience training a lifelong endeavor. After adopting a senior dog, for example, you may discover her previous owners weren’t particular about leash training only after she drags you around the neighborhood on walks. Or, your older dog simply needs a refresher course in Obedience 101. Plus, training old dogs is good for them. It offers critical mental stimulation that can delay cognitive decline in senior dogs, and helps prevent obesity by keeping them physically active.

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The Benefits of Adopting a Senior Dog

Written by: Catherine Joslin

Older dogs have a lot to offer.
Photos by Jane Sobel Klonsky

Adding a new dog to the family is an exciting occasion. You click through the list of adoptable animals at your local animal shelter and ooh and aah over the adorably round, fluffy . . .

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New Research Aims to Help Our Dogs Live Longer

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have more time together?
Photo by Kristi, Shrewsbury

In most of the animal kingdom, larger animals live longer than smaller ones: humans live longer than chimpanzees, tigers live longer than housecats, and so on. But, as most dog owners. . .

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Project Unconditional Photo 34: “The Squirrel Wrangler”

Written by: Jane Sobel Klonsky, Project Unconditional

Mariah and Weslie share a moment on a chilly Vermont day, when the squirrels were in hiding.
Photo by Jane Sobel Klonsky

Manchester, Vermont—Weslie knows Mariah was a bane to the local fauna, making a sport of squirrel-chasing and crow-stalking, sneaking up on the noisy birds with a degree of stealth. . .

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