As much as you’d love to have a puppy for forever, the fact is dogs age. It’s no surprise then that the process of managing and taking care of older dogs versus one in their youth are two entirely different things. But just like your little puppy needed your guidance, mentorship, and love, so too does your senior dog.

When is My Dog a Senior?

This is a breed-specific answer, as dogs age at different speeds. As a general rule of thumb: older dogs come into their seniority quicker than smaller dogs.

For instance, a toy breed might not be considered a senior until 10-12 years of age, whereas a larger breed (Great Dane