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The above video details the signs and symptoms old dogs show when ageing and what you can do to help.

Signs and Symptoms in Old Dog Behaviour

As dogs age, they show changes in their brains similar to people with Alzheimer's. When these changes occur the symptoms often seen in dogs are:

Appearing disorientated and confused

Changes in how they interact with you, other people and/ or animals in the home.

They may not sleep well at night, and pace around.

They may forget their house training and soil indoors

However, these signs can also be symptoms of several treatable medical disorders so if you do notice these changes in your dog, please seek veterinary advice.

Older dogs may find everyday events more challenging than they did before, especially if they experience a visual and hearing decline or changes in ability to move around.

Old dogs may become anxious and worried with changes in normal daily routines and household composition.

Adaptil can help old dogs to cope with these changes and challenges by creating a sense of safety and security in the environment. Here is some further advice to help your older dog cope.

Advice on How to Help Dogs Cope with Old Age


Keep to a routine. This helps your dog to predict what will happen next.


Plug an Adaptil Diffuser in the room where your dog spends most of its time.


Take your dog for shorter and more frequent walks and allow sniffing and exploration (this will help them to sleep at night).


Short training or play sessions can help exercise their minds and help them concentrate.


Hide food or use activity feeders.


Dietary changes or supplements which provide more nutrition to protect the brain and may help to slow brain ageing.

Your vet can prescribe further medications to help your dog with more severe signs.