The above body language from Alex signals to me that she is ready to go around me making a circle while on a retractable leash a couple of times. Oh boy, every time she does that I am dizzy, but I know she loves it.
Alex is 11 1/2 years old, and even at that age she is a very active senior dog. After she got over her sprain, I started to walk her a little more each time and lately we have been taking walks 45 – 60 minutes long. And you know what? When we come home she runs around the house like the walk did nothing to her. This past weekend she ran around me at full speed and fell down hard. Yes, you guessed it. She sprained her leg again, therefore she’ll be out of commission for a couple of weeks, yes, again.
Alex, to me, is the epitome of what an active dog is all about, but I know that she should not run like she used to so I’ll do my best to stop her from running at full speed, and I’ll start looking for places that offer canine hydrotherapy.
I am a huge advocate for keeping dogs active, but make sure that your canine companion is not overdoing it, like in Alex’s case. Even dogs that are very active will slow down as they age. The goal is to fulfill your dog by tailoring exercise, diet, naps, etc., according to his age and needs.