Just because your pooch is getting older, doesn’t mean playtime is over. If your furry friend enjoyed playing fetch as a pup, chances are, they’ll still enjoy it now. You just have to be careful not to overdo it. And, while it’s true that older dogs don’t need as much exercise as a youngster does, it’s important to keep your canine active, so he or she stays healthy for longer.
In this post, we’ve picked out 5 of our favourite toys for older dogs…
The AgriChew™ was originally a piece of farming equipment, but its inventor saw just how much his pooch loved chewing it, and decided to recreate it to share the joy with dogs everywhere! It’s made from a rubber-like material – tough and sturdy for chewing, but flexible enough to suit older teeth and gums. You can stuff the centre of it with tasty treats, too.
As your canine gets older, you might notice that they’re snoozing a lot more than they used to. It’s a completely natural part of the aging process, with some senior pooches clocking up 12 to 14 hours of shut-eye a in a 24-hour period, if they need the rest. Make sure they’ve got a favourite nap partner to snuggle up to. This super-cute character also comes with a squeaker.
Just like humans, canines can experience sight and hearing loss as they grow older, which can be disorientating and put them off playing. This two-in-one rubber ball pack features eye-popping colours to aid visibility, and the balls have the added bonus of whistles which sound as they travel.
Another chewy favourite, this berry-hued toy from Kong is especially designer for older teeth and gums. It bounces, so it can double up for gentle games of fetch. Plus, in the summer months, you can pop it in the freezer and use it as a cooling aid.
Mental stimulation is so important for a senior pooch, and this fun puzzle encourages your dog to problem-solve to find the treats. Arrange the bones so they’re flat and your canine has to capture and lift them, or elevate them for an easier brain-busting challenge.
Here at YuMOVE, we know a playful, active dog is a healthy dog, and it’s our mission to keep your canine energetic and mobile for as long as possible. Shop the YuMOVE range here, and don’t forget to share your pet’s play snaps with us on Instagram and Facebook!