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Recently I shared some awesome memories with our family dog, Chopper, and some of our concerns and hopes for him as he gets a little older. We’ve recently made the switch to Purina® Pro Plan® BRIGHT MIND dog food for large breed dogs, and we were looking forward to seeing visible results within 30 days. So we’ve been playing close attention to Chopper and have been noticing little differences in his day to day activities.
Back when we first got Chopper we used to always play with him. We’d hold a toy or a rope up high and he would jump up high and get it every time. He loved to jump and tear through the house full speed. We’d all gather around to watch in a safe distance because he’s so fast but for the last few years we’ve noticed that his age is catching up to him. Sure, when it’s time to go for a walk he’ll run to the door or be excited at the beginning of his walk, but he wasn’t as interested or engaged in playing and jumping quite as often. I don’t blame him, as I’ve gotten older I don’t want to run around either! However, we remember how much he used to love it, so when we began noticing little changes like being more alert and seeing a bit more sharpness, we started taking notice. Not only does he seem to be more engaged on a daily level, he also seems to be sleeping a bit more soundly at night. There’s no better feeling than being well rested, so a few days ago we decided to see if Chopper could hang doing some of the old tricks he used to do as a puppy. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying about teaching an old dog new tricks, but what about teaching an old dog about his old tricks!?
There was this one exercise we used to always do, we’d hide some treats or a few pieces of dog food under plastic cups and show him. Then as he would watch we’d mix them up, then let him go to the cups and find the cup with the treat. He’d always go straight for the right one, so we thought we’d try that game again to see if he remembered. He did! We even got it on the video I included at the end, along with some of his other activities like tearing through the house, jumping for his ball and playing catch! He’s been having so much fun lately, and the younger kids get to see him being a little more active and sharp, doing some things that they have never even seen him do! We’ve definitely been having a lot of fun.
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You may be unsure, but dogs are considered “senior” by the time they reach age seven. There’s approximately 87 million dogs in the U.S. and an estimated 44% of them are seniors! That’s a lot of dogs, and what these owners will notice if they begin feeding their dogs Purina Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND as a part of their daily diet may begin to notice differences in owner-dog interaction. Differences like interest in play, and the ability to adapt and cope with change. Purina Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND also includes EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid, and glucosamine that helps support joint health and mobility. All of this means more fun for your senior dog!
Do you have a senior dog?
What are some of your dietary concerns for your dog?