It’s called “Canine Cognitive Dysfunction”
And, it’s actually a pretty fancy way of saying your dog is senile. Their brains (just like ours) go through changes as they age … some of these changes can be heartbreaking:
- Loss of interest in activities and/or people
- Wandering, pacing or looking ‘lost’ in their own familiar homes
- Loss of house-training
- General confusion
What can we do?
Canine cognitive dysfunction is not understood at the cellular level and there currently are no specific strategies that will prevent CCDS, but keeping your dog mentally stimulated may help slow its development.
Things like puzzles, scent work, food-dispensing toys (here’s a cheap one!) and of course, daily outside walks and exercise will go a long way in keeping your dog bright and alert in the years to come.