Dog owners who have experience with old dogs can tell you a thing or two about it:
“My dog stayed home alone for 13 years and always without any problems until a year before she died. Then, from one day to the next, she decided, I don't want to be alone anymore, she doesn't do that anymore ... "
Your old dog shows similar behavior? Does he bark, howl or just make a racket when you leave him alone for a short time to go shopping?
Why can my old dog suddenly no longer be alone?
Older dogs can react very differently to when their owners leave. There are dogs who suddenly feel scared of being alone - even if they used to have no problem with it. If that is the case, think about whether you can take your dog with you or look for a dog sitter (ideally someone your dog already knows) who takes care of him on a regular basis. You can watch your dog and decide what is good for your dog senior.
When asked why this is so, there is the following attempted explanation. Your dog is old. The aging process is natural and begins in animals between the ages of 7 and 11. Here are a few signs your dog is getting old?
- Grey fur
- Eyesight diminishes
- He no longer hears well or not at all
- Urine is difficult to hold
- Muscles become weaker
- Other dogs are no longer so interesting
- Does your dog seem disoriented?
In old age there are changes in the central nervous system (neurotransmitters = "messenger substances" in the brain - change their balance, free radicals, amyloid plaques, and meningeal fibroses form and, as so-called cell poisons, lead to nerve damage and degeneration). This breakdown process in the brain is similar to that of Alzheimer's patients.
In addition, there is the increasing and extremely long-lasting barking out of nowhere, long sleep times, hardly any interest in playing or other conspecifics and ignoring the owner. These and other symptoms are signs of cognitive dysfunction (CD). This CD is an Alzheimer's disease in dogs, which can lead to behavior changes, especially in older animals. Often these symptoms are interpreted as signs of aging. If your dog exhibits this behavior, it does not mean that he has CD. So go to the vet regularly.
Patience, patience, patience
Unfortunately, as much as we want, we cannot stop the aging process. The best thing you can do is take care of your dog and be patient with him. We all get a little weird in old age.