B is for BOREDOM
If your dog is slowing down a bit in their senior years, you can hide the ball that finds its way under the sofa and introduce some Mind Games. Again, you can find all sorts to buy or make one with tennis balls in a muffin tin with treats hidden underneath. The dogs will spend ages picking out the balls to get to the treats.
Snuffle Mats, perhaps hiding low calorie treats, can encourage mind stimulation
C is for CARPETS... or lack of
This is the top way to keep your dog injury free according to Natalie Lenton of the Canine Massage Therapy Centre (http://www.k9-massageguild.co.uk/the-number-1-way-to-keep-your-dog-injury-free/). I know, laminate floors are easy to look after, but they can be very tricky to navigate if you’ve got aging joints or small paws.
You don’t need to completely carpet your house, just provide islands of runners and mats so the dogs can get safely from their bed, to the door, to their food bowl. Otherwise, to the dog, it can be like walking over a glacier. I always carry a number of carpet runners in my car for visits for demonstration. Every time the dogs, walk straight to it and on it.
About AchyPaw - Home to Supple Dogs
We offer a one to one physical therapy treatment session for the needs of your dog. This includes massage, exercise advice, home adaptation advice and individualised reference workbooks.
We also deliver classes and workshops on a group or individual basis teaching you how to massage your own dog at home.
We use specialised knowledge and training from both canine and human massage skills and experience to detect and target troublesome areas in your dog. Regular physical therapy for your dog offers a drug free form of pain relief that can help to prevent recurrence of the conditions that caused the pain, keep your pet in top condition, help to maintain their health and comfort and improve their quality of life.
By being able to offer this multi-modal approach of massage, complementary therapy, myotherapy, exercise and advice, we offer an integrative and affordable holistic mode of care for your dog.
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