The realization that Kamahi and Tosca are climbing higher by the year into 'senior-hood' only grows stronger when I see how hard they're crashing after a 30-45-minute lake excursion.
I'm worried I may be putting too much on them, because higher drive dogs getting old is a completely different animal than any other breed, (in my experience) and this will quite honestly be my first rodeo. Our older dogs go on regular (short) hikes throughout the week, but haven't been swimming since last year. I'd love to be able to get them back into it, especially because I know they love those outings (and it's good for muscle tone), but I don't want to cause more harm than good. (And as for judging when to stop the exercise based on how they're acting....they're Shepherds. Not even remotely possible.
lol.) What do you all do with your senior Shepherds? Throw in the towel and limit their activity, or...?
Any info is greatly appreciated!