|Barked: Sun Sep 18, '11 5:55pm PST |
|age 8 seems to be a pretty significant time in a dog's life. WHen I look at dogs to guess their age, I can usually tell immendiately that a dog is around 8 because there is a change in muscle tone, body carriage, and There is a change in the cornea that turns a dog's irises kind of greenish-bluish due to aging corneas, the teeth are usually yellowed almost always dullled. This is all progressive stuff. Even tiny dogs show these signs of aging. It's all normal, and dogs do slow down a bit. I like to say "mellowing into a wise dog phase"
Age 8 is about age 55 in dog-human comparison, so he's done maturing, and he's had a healthy adulthood, and now he's entering late middle age. Bitches should be retired for sure, as midlife pregnancies are as risky for dogs as for humans, studs are usually retired from breeding and showing, all the craziness of hormone driven youth is done, because hormone activity decreases, metabolism is slowing down so he shouldn't need to eat as much calorie-wise, and because of that his stamina and overall energy level goes down. he's also psychologically done maturing and has a pretty concrete view on life from his doggie perspective. Just like with humans now it is time for middle-aged dog to really enjoy life in stride. With luck, love, care, good diet, and good genetics, your dog can be expected to have another wonderful 8-10 years.
Edited by author Sun Sep 18, '11 5:57pm PST
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