Everything In Moderation
Taking it easy is the key to exercising your older dog. Walking is ideal for your senior dog because it keeps his muscles toned and his joints moving. If he hasn't been active recently, start gradually with short walks. The length of a walk is dependent on the dog's condition, age and breed. Two brief walks a day are better than one long walk. Establish a routine but don't take him out in extreme temperatures or weather.
Playing with your dog - indoors or outdoors - is a great way to get him moving. But keep things light: when playing fetch, don't throw the ball as far as you did when he was younger. Keep the tosses short so he doesn't overexert himself. Hide-and-seek is another fun way to hone his scenting abilities - since he's always "it", you can't lose!
Before and After Exercise
Feed him the best quality food.
Exercise him before he eats and then wait 30 minutes before feeding him.
Give him a comfortable place to rest, such as an orthopedic bed.
Offer small amounts of water frequently after exercise, instead of allowing him to gulp a large bowl full.
A few extra tips to keep in mind when considering your older dog and exercise: