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Could Brain Training For Dogs Help Prevent CCD?

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Brain Training For Dogs… Is It The Answer To Preventing CCD?

Most dogs, are generally considered to be “senior” or “mature” from the age of 7 years old (of course, this is dependent on their breed or size). And, with the progression of years comes the typical side effects of aging - just like with us humans! Some dogs may experience joint stiffness or arthritis, their eyesight or hearing may deteriorate, andthe length they choose to sleep, and rest may grow longer.

Some dogs, as they grow older, may even start to show signs of diminished cognitive functioning and ability too. Around 23% of dogs between the ages of 12-14, and up to 41% of dogs 14 years +, experience a decline in their cognitive capability as they move into the latter chapters of their life. 

The condition is called Canine Cognitive Dysfunction orCCD. Some people also refer to the condition as “doggy dementia”, although it is completely different to what happens in humans.

CCD In Dogs: What Are The Signs?

If your pup normally greets you at the door, bringing you toys to play with, or insisting on being petted, but has suddenly stopped, then these may be the first signs of CCD. Other symptoms of CCD in dogs include:

  • Disturbed sleeping patterns (perhaps they’re more tired during the day than at night)
  • Vocalising during the night
  • Disorientation or confusion (e.g. getting stuck in corners or wandering aimlessly)
  • Pacing
  • Not responding to their name
  • Not responding to commands
  • Soiling in the house, despite being house trained

If you notice any of the symptoms of CCD in your dog, make sure to have them assessed by their veterinarian as soon as possible. But remember, there is no need for complete alarm – CCD in dogs is manageable and can be supported. If your dog has CCD, you can help them via:

  • Keeping to a routine (e.g. feeding and walking at the same time, and taking similar routes each day)
  • Keep exercising them to maintain fitness and healthy blood flow
  • Avoid stressful situations (e.g. placing in kennels or hosting loud parties)
  • Rewarding them when they toilet outside, but never punishing them for having an accident inside
  • Consider medication, if this is something your vet advises

When a dog is displaying signs of CCD, it’s worth remembering that it’s the condition that’s altering their behavior – they still love you just as they’ve always done. They have no idea they’re causing you distress, worry, or even annoyance. They just need some extra tender love, patience, and care from you now CCD is present. Never get cross at a dog with CCD – they’re already a little confused. Scolding them won’t help, but praise when they do get things right will.

CCD In Dogs: How Can You Prevent CCD?

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It’s never too early to start supporting your dog’s brain health and function, which in turn will help prevent CCD in dogs from developing as they mature. So, what can you do as a responsible pet parent when it comes to the preservation of your dog’s brain and cognitive abilities?

Brain Training For Dogs Can Help Prevent CCD

Toys that are interactive can help your dog’s brain stay stimulated and engaged even when playtime, socializing and walkies are over. 

Try puzzle games, like hide & seek, where your pooch has to work out how to find and release stuffed toys or treats from specially designed holders. Alternatively, you can hide a treat or food paste (like peanut butter!) in a sturdy toy where they have to dig at it to get the food!

Get creative or research online on how to challenge your dog’s mental capabilities using toys and treats as incentives!

Brain Supplements Can Help Prevent CCD In Dogs

That’s right – there are specific nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that fuel the brain and keep it properly nourished… Like Petlab Co.’s Brain Support Chews!

The specially-optimized, targeted ingredients used in these chews, like Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil and Gingko Biloba, work together to promote your dog’s brain functioning and health. This unique formula is packed with well researched, scientifically proven ingredients that have been shown to promote healthy cognitive functioning, and include essential proteins and vital vitamins. Our Brain Support Chews are a tasty, chicken flavor and can help support your pooch’s concentration, sustain their focus, aid their learning, and maintain optimal cognitive functioning throughout their life, as well as promote their overall immune health. They’ll help give your beloved dog a zest for life back in their maturer years and prevent conditions like CCD in dogs from developing.

Packed with multiple antioxidants like Grapeseed Extract and Vitamin C (Via Ascorbic Acid), the Petlab Co. Brain Support Chewschews can help prevent damage caused by free radicals, reduce inflammation, diminish oxidative stress, improve blood flow, and ultimately slow cognitive aging.Try them today!

Petlab Co. Pro Tip: As well as adding the Brain Support Chews as a supplement to your doggo’s feeding regime, studies have show that diets rich in antioxidants are great for preserving brain health. Try treating with bits of carrot, or adding a few blueberries and raspberries to their dinner to boost their antioxidant levels!

Spending Time Together Can Help Prevent CCD In Dogs

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Playing and interacting with your dog is great for stimulating their body and mind. A round of Tug-O-War, belly rubs, and petting, sweet-talking and positive walks will keep your dog engaged, calm and help remind them they are loved and safe which is important for all dog’s health and wellbeing, not just those experiencing CCD.

Remember, you won’t be able to ward off every age-related decline in your dog – aging is a fact of life in all animals and humans alike. But, you can preserve their youth by keeping on top of their health, fitness, and maintaining a good diet. You’ll certainly be making their older years more comfortable for both of you by doing so.

Related Read

8 Heartbreaking Signs Of Aging In Dogs

MEET THE AUTHOR

Sarah Milton

Comes from a family of animal lovers and got to grow up with a menagerie of pets! I believe owning a pet is a privilege and I love researching and creating informative, fun content for fellow pet owners to help their furry friends have the happiest and healthiest lives. When I’m not writing blogs, you can find me sharing a walk with my pet dachshund or at a yoga class!



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