Nose Work Is Scentsational for Dogs

Nose Work Is Scentsational for Dogs

Exercise & Enrichment, Senior Pets

Everyone knows dogs love to sniff, but we tend to think of it as a distraction, that walks should be for exercise, not wasting time dawdling and sniffing. But exercising an animal’s mind is important too, and a substantial part of the dog brain is devoted to smells. A study–“Let me sniff! Nosework induces positive […]

Anxiety Often Accompanies Cognitive Dysfunction

Anxiety Often Accompanies Cognitive Dysfunction

Senior Pets

If your pet has cognitive dysfunction—canine or feline dementia—you may have noticed that he seems to be more anxious than in the past. That’s a common side effect of the condition, but there are ways to manage it. Aging dogs and cats have problems similar to those of elderly humans, and not just physical ones: […]

Pets Plus Seniors Equals Happiness

Pets Plus Seniors Equals Happiness

Exercise & Enrichment, Senior Pets

When Robert Hampton recently moved into the Brookdale Memory Care Center in Dallas, his wife, Marilyn, knew exactly what he needed to boost his spirits and to encourage him to be social with other residents. She brought in four friendly cats from a local pet rescue group into her husband’s room and said, “Pick one.” […]