There are so many ways older dogs add value to our lives. In fact, you may not even realize it but they're actually setting a very good example as to how we could live our own lives.
Here are just a few of the wonderful life lessons we can learn from an older dog:
Slow down. Your dog may not be able to run circles around you or chase balls endlessly like he used to, but that's okay. His slowed-down pace can allow you to slow down, as well. The next time you're taking your dog for a walk and he's just toddling along, don't get impatient. Instead, take a closer look at your surroundings and appreciate those things you might have missed when you were too busy trying to keep up with your dog. Stop and smell the proverbial flowers. And, while you're at it, smell the real ones, too.
Pamper yourself. It's great when you can spoil your dog with a few extra minutes of grooming, a muscle-soothing massage, or a special treat just for being good. It feels great and you deserve a little pampering yourself. Enjoy.
Maintain a healthy weight. One of the most important health issues in aging dogs is obesity, which can lead to and/or complicate other conditions and diseases. Studies have shown that dogs who are overweight tend to have owners who are overweight. So if you're currently working on helping your dog to lose weight, set a healthy weight goal for yourself.
Get regular checkups. As a responsible dog owner, you've made sure to book your dog's semi-annual checkups—but have you done the same for yourself?
Spend quality time with loved ones. There's nothing that makes your dog happier than spending time with you. He doesn't care whether you're playing a game, going for a ride in the car, or just hanging out in front of the TV. He just wants to be near you. If your dog could talk, he'd tell you that you don't have to go out for dinner or dress up in your best clothes to spend quality time with the people you care about. You just have to be there.