Dogs can actually live longer than 12 years, but it’s time to start looking out for signs and making them feel that little bit more comfortable. You want to ensure that your four legged friend remains happy and healthier in their more mature years.

Your older dog will need more rest, somewhere where they won’t be disturbed as much, especially if you have another, younger dog, or children. Find a place that is cosy, and away from draughts, they’ll appreciate this.

It’s best if everything is easily accessible, such as food, water, bed etc, as well as helping them go to the toilet a lot more times than they usually would.

As a dog ages, they dietary requirements will change, it will vary depending on their breed and size but they recommend that at around 7 years they move onto ‘senior’ food. If you’re not too sure and what you’re doing about their food, speak to a vet.

A vet will also be able to guide you to monitor how much water and food they are consuming, as there may be a underlying medical reason for it.

Just because they’re a little bit older doesn’t mean that they don’t need exercise. It doesn’t mean you have to take them for long walks, but stimulating them and giving them exercise, little and often, will help to keep their weight down.

A great way to spend time with your older dog is grooming them, whilst it gives you that quality time, it also is a great way to check for any odd bumps and lumps, or aches and pains.

If you start to notice that they have trouble getting out of bed or going up the stairs talk to your vet to see the best way forward.

Other things you may notice with your dog’s old age is sight and hearing. The best way to help this is to not be too loud around the dog, and don’t just think that they’re ignoring you.

When every you see signs of your dog changing in any which way, or how we’ve mentioned above it may not be down to ‘old age’, just check with your vet because it’s better to be safe and for them to be happy.

If you look around you may find a local center that specialises in looking after senior dogs, which you may find a lot more useful.

The Gencon® All-in-1 and Headcollars are made from soft yet durable fabric and are specifically designed not to pull up into your dog’s eyes or uncomfortably turn their head, making them the perfect lead training accessories for grown dogs and puppy walking. The Gencon consists of two simple loops that apply gentle pressure when your dog pulls, the lead gently but effectively stops your dog pulling forwards.

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Hudson is incredible on his Gencon and over the months his confidence has increased and his anxiety lessened. The Gencon ensures no pulling and no lunges. Our walks are an absolute pleasure. I have complete confidence in the Gencon and have recommended it to a number of people.

Ali Lewis

Max, my ESS is still a puppy but weighs 16kg already so walking him is a struggle. A lady recommended I buy a Gencon lead. She has an active Cocker Spaniel and it was an “Instant” relief walking her dog. Oh my goodness, I cannot believe how true her words are of “Instant”. We’ve been on a walk & I’ve come back with my arms in their sockets still! This will make a huge difference for both Max & myself. This is a massive game changer!

Mrs Jayne Booth

Here at Woodside, we use the Gencon all-in-1 with clip to collar. We have found them simple to use and very effective at controlling any size dog. Most dogs accept the Gencon quickly with little fuss, making training so much easier. Gencon’s are now part of our uniform and we recommend them to any new owner taking home one of our four legged friends.


RSPCA Advisor

The Gencon extra wide head collar is a brilliant piece of kit. Using it has transformed my headstrong flatcoat into a manageable dog who walks demurely by my side. There is no pressure and just the lightest contact, so we can enjoy on lead walking instead of an unseemly battle.

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The Gencon dog head collar is recommended by The Guild of Dog Trainers