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    I have a relative who has a 14 year old unknown cross. She's a small dog and has always been kept in the backyard for 14 years of her life. I've taken Milo to play with her twice so far when he was about 6 months old. They chase each other and roll around with each other (but not as much as Milo does with other puppies). They got on well, simply put.

    But now, my relatives are not letting me bring my dog over because they said if she runs a lot she will die eariler. I know that this is a concern for them as she is getting fairly old. She's never had walks, met any other dogs and is not trained.

    Is it really a bad thing for their dog to play with Milo because of her age? I thought I was helping by letting her at least enjoy her almost last years of life.

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    To put it nicely, some people are really stupid.

    That said, your relatives care about their dog and her health and obviously want to prolong it (not going on a rant here about people whose 'pets' live separate in the backyard but I want to!) People forget that dogs have a way of telling each other to back off when they've had enough, and I'm sure if the older dog was annoyed by the puppy she will tell him.

    I am a firm believer that no dog is ever too old, and that a younger dog can influence them in a positive way and even prolong their life. We got a puppy when our dog was about 7, and she completely changed. She was a mongrel of a dog, quite nasty, but after the pup came, butter wouldn't melt! She lived to be 16, and said pup lived to be 12 but passed from cancer.

    Exercise is a good thing for dogs, I personally don't see the harm in letting her play and enjoy herself. Unfortunately we're not the dogs owners!

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    Quality of life!!
    give the poor isolated lonely dog locked in its back yard world a bit of fun now and then.

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    this pic is tessa my 15 year old silky x launching an attack on Harley my 18 month old rottie

    as said in a previous post older dogs have a way of saying slow down to the young ones.

    tessa will go play when it suits her and when it doesnt the puppies just leave her alone

    i believe tessa is much happier now she has some company
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    Their dog, their choice. At 14, the dog is well into its senior years. I assume they know their dog best.
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    I know.. I respected their request so I have not brought Milo over since. They said it's a bad thing that their dog gets tired after running around with mine. Oh well.

    So to clarify, a senior dog CAN still run around and they would know when their limit is?

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    No, dogs do not neccessarily know where their limit is. A dog lives for the here and now, they don't plan and so they would not be thinking "if I run around now, I'm going to be exhausted later".

    Dogs are also very stoic and mask pain well, so it can be hard for owners to pick up when enough is enough too.

    Besides, pups can be a little too playful. Iknow you said your dog was not being rough, but sometimes they do not know their strength and they do not neccessarily have a 'soft' spot for older and weaker animals in their minds.
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    I partly agree with you Anne. But... Dogs need to be dogs. And play and interact with other dogs no matter what age they are. Having a dog in your back yard for 14 years and not allowing it to play, explore, interact with other dogs is simply - cruel.

    Kaer, maybe you can suggest an easy walk and easy play, where you can control the intensity of the game and stop the game when and if it gets too rough or too long.
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    I agree Fedra, but it isn't fair to claim cruelty either given no-one knows the circumstances. In fact, it is plain wrong to assume they are cruel and to judge them in such a way on the scant information given. They obviously care for the dog and are worried about it being injured or dying because of the robust nature of play with a much, much younger juvenile dog.

    The younger dog is a teenager and most here know how much they can push boundaries, in all animal forms.

    The owner of the dog has the right to say and do as they choose.
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    Yeh I left it as it is and haven't visited them again yet. Though they asked me to walk their dog because they're too lazy to... I don't think I can handle one dog currently still being trained to walk loose leash, and one do that will pull from all the excitement of leaving the garden for the first time (never been to the vet too so I'm worried she might catch some diseases). So I kindly said no to walking their dog.

    I suppose how Milo plays now would be quite different to 2 months ago being bigger and a tad stronger. Maybe I should ask to bring him over again when my own dog is settled.

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