OAP Dog Care

Enrich your older dog's life, he deserves it!

You’ve no doubt heard the phrase, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” If you have an older dog, you’ll be relieved to know that for the most part it’s false. Older dogs are perfectly capable of learning.


Ruff provides tailored training to help you and your dog during during the older years. This might be in the form of achievable training tasks, indoor enrichment for less mobile dogs, 'bed rest' training games or maybe you'd just like some ideas on how to make your older dog's life more comfortable and fulfilling. When meeting your older dog the following will be taken into consideration:

1. Your dog’s training and behavior history

2. Physical conditions that limit his mobility

3. Your skill as a handler and commitment to your dog’s training/enrichment goals

4. What you are trying to teach him/help him with

5. What methods you have used – and are using – to teach him

6. Mental conditions that limit his cognitive abilities.

Who counts as a senior dog?

Veterinarians generally consider small dogs to be senior citizens at about 12 years of age, while large dogs reach the senior stage at 6 to 8 years of age.

Initial Consultation
The first step in your Ruff training journey!



+ mileage depending on location.

Approximately 1.5 hours.

Most dogs are highly reinforced by the opportunity to learn. Taking this opportunity away from them in their senior years can be an unintended cruelty. Training keeps their minds and bodies active, and enriches their lives, even as other opportunities for enrichment diminish with advancing age and frailty. Training and learning with you should be one of your dog’s greatest joys in life – one that he can enjoy to the very end of his days.