An active dog is a happy dog. Regular exercise keeps your dog’s joints limber and muscles strong, helps control weight and engages the brain — all of which slow the aging process and boost your dog’s quality of life. Not only do active dogs live longer, they live better, and your bond will grow. Here are five ideas on how to make your dog’s senior years the best years of their lives.

Walk

The senior years can bring a golden age of walking — not only does walking get your dog moving, the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the world activate his brain.

Older dogs have more trouble regulating their body temperature, so avoid exercising when it’s very hot or cold. Keep an eye on your dog for signs of fatigue or overheating.

While you want to avoid steep hills, walking up gradual hills strengthens your dog’s hindquarters. If your route includes a steep downhill, consider…

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