It is natural for pet owners to become concerned with behavioral changes in their dogs, such as when their usually playful canine friends are no longer as playful as before, or if they stop showing interest in playing altogether.
Here are three possible reasons, and what you can do about it:
Playfulness in dogs naturally declines as they grow older, especially for less active breeds such as the Basset Hound and English Bulldog. Senior dogs that remain in good health can also be excused for preferring a more relaxed lifestyle.
For puppies and adult dogs, provide a stimulating environment with a variety of play activities and social interactions.
According to veterinarians, a decrease in canine playfulness may be an indication of health issues. To ease your worries, take your dog to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis.
Dental problems, such as a gum infection and toothache, can affect your dog’s ability to carry and chew toys with his mouth.
Overweight or obesity can cause painful joints and respiratory problems. Dogs burdened by excessive weight have less energy to play than healthy dogs.
Senior dogs can be afflicted with arthritis and cognitive impairment that limit their movements, resulting in less playfulness.
After ruling out health issues, depression in dogs can manifest as changes in eating and sleeping habits, a decreased interest in things that usually cause excitement, and reduced playfulness.
Although research into canine depression is still ongoing, dogs do have emotions, feelings, and moods. For example, in the case of a household with two or more pets, the loss of one pet may cause the one left behind to show signs of missing his animal companion by refusing to leave his crate or venture outside.
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