As dogs age, they may spend more time sleeping and less time participating in activities that were so common in their youth. Sometimes, guardians decrease or even stop playing, walking, training and engaging in other activities their dogs enjoy. The change in guardian engagement is sometimes due to less positive feelings by people towards their aging dogs. Sometimes it’s just because people assume that the golden years of their dogs should be spent quietly relaxing. However, the efforts to maintain a high quality of life for older dogs as well as a strong bond with their people that are an important piece of helping dogs age well often involve an active lifestyle for the mind and body.
Source: FS – Dogs – TBM