Senior Dogs Acting Out – What To Know And What To Do

We’ve already seen that dogs can go through a teenage “rebellious” stage, but what about senior dogs?

Yep! Senior dogs can develop behavior problems later in life. And why is this?

Their behavior is a direct result of the behavior of their owners. Always. No exceptions.

As our dogs age, we tend to get a bit slack. We give in to their pleading faces and give them extra treats, food from the table and let them get away with stealing our socks and shoes because hey, they’re old right?

We are not saying to become an Army sergeant with your senior dog, but if you let your dog steal whatever he wants and get away with anything because he’s old, then you are going to end up with a dog that is a household dictator! 

So, you still have rules. But be willing to modify those rules depending on your dog’s physical condition.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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