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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 28 June 2019 2:14 PM
Teaching old dogs new tricks

The phrase ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ is definitely not true!! Although set in their ways, old dogs are having to learn new tricks regularly as their health deteriorates and routines change. For example, as an old dog loses his/her hearing or vision, he/she will learn to ‘listen’ or ‘hear’ in other ways, like hand signals and body gestures. Or as arthritis sets in, your dog will learn new daily routes around the house and yard that are easier for him/her.  

When training puppies, their brains are designed to absorb knowledge and experiences. You are starting their training with a ‘blank slate’, so they come across easier to train and more eager to learn than an older dog.

Often a dog’s ‘bad habits’ are learned from previous repetitions being rewarded or not being corrected. When teaching alternate behaviours that you would rather your dog be doing, it may take as long as what your dog has been doing the unwanted behaviour, for the new behaviour...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Saturday, 1 June 2019 3:36 PM
Hello everyone!  - the clinic has been a busy place with both pets and the renovations happening in the client waiting room! | How cold is it getting now though? It’s definitely getting chilly now- and I bet some of our older pets are starting to feel it.

Do you have a pet who is 7 years or older? Did you know that dogs and cats are considered a senior pet from the age of 7?  As our pets grow old it is important that we give them a little extra love and care, as their bodies and immune systems are not what they used to be. Simple day to day things like; a good diet, gentle and regular exercise, comfort and warmth during the cooler months and disease prevention will help your pet live a long and happy life.

Here are some things to think about with your senior pet to help keep them comfortable...

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