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    Default When is Old - Too Old?

    I'm an older dog owner/carer. When is it that you become too old. At the moment, although nearly 70, I'm able to take my dog for walks, which she enjoys, play soccer in the backyard and keep her stimulated by teaching her tricks. I know she'd love to have the extra stimulation of going to agility classes, but I wouldn't be able to keep up. Just wondering, when is the owner/carer too old? She's a six year old Border Collie/Kelpie/Australian Cattle Dog cross and I've had her since she was 9 weeks old. Is she too old for me to make the extra effort to go to the agility classes, or am I? We went though all the puppy classes/ obedience training classes when both of us were younger.

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    This has to be answer only like this.
    You are the only one who knows how you feel.

    In that this will determine what you can or can't do.
    If you feel you are up to agility then go and do it.
    If you feel that you csn't keep up then stop or find a member of your family that is young enough to take the dog through the agility trail.

    I myself can't take my boy to agility when this time comes as I have a bad back.
    So when the time comes I will let the wife take him and if she is working I will just miss that session.

    So it is only you who knows and I do think you knew this when you posted it, but you just wanted comformation on it.
    What ever way you go I hope that you both enjoy it and then have a snuggle up at the end of the day. Dogs are great for that.

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    Hey Gold Dog...

    Great question.

    I guess when you can no longer give them what they need, like exercise, love and companionship.


    My GM is a tad over 90, has a Cavi and now a Maltese (See my siggy below), she dotes on them like two small children.

    She has just started using a pet walker as she finds it difficult on longer walks now. The dogs love it, come back mentally refreshed, physically worked out and a tad more obedient for her

    Having a working dog would be a bigger challenge for sure, so perhaps look at a similar help when you feel she starts to need it.

    BTW, what's her name?

    Good luck.
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    I think Rid's suggestion of having a back-up person to do some of the agility work is a good one. I actually might remember that if I ever end up starting with my dog because I'm only 41 but have arthritis and a bad back too.

    I regularly meet an older guy using two crutches when he walks his dog. That's commitment! His dog doesn't seem to mind at all that he's so slow. That's love.

    So I do not think there is a 'too old' either. Even younger people may encounter circumstances in which they might have to ask other people for help in caring for their pets. You can get sick at any age.

    You look better after your dog than some dog owners in their 20s I know!

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    My girl is Jorjie - she's as bright as a button, even though I know she's middled age for a dog, I want to do the right thing by her. I'm not so bad that I can't walk her, or give her some of the stimulation I think she needs. I just wonder if it's enough for her, or if I should go that extra mile for her. I guess it's love of a dog that makes me ask.

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    Only you can know that. If she seems happy and doesn't get upto misschief as soon as you turn your back, I'd say she's getting what she needs.

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    My Mum is 86, she has a small dog, cavalier, I promised I would take her dog if ever anything happened to her..........She still walks her dog twice a day and her dog keeps her fit. We as a family have always had a dog or two or three, so my mum cannot imagine life without one........
    Pets are forever

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    I am a nurse in the public health system- and I admit I think there is a "too old"...
    I recently looked after a man in his 90s who has a 7 mth old kelpie- never walked, and now he is ill a big problem to find a "carer" (he refuses to rehome the dog in case he suddenly is well enough to go home and look after it.)
    This is not an isolated story.
    Pets are fantastic and give great companionship- however owners need to be realistic about their ability to care for the animal and be open to getting help to walk them etc.

    The op sounds like their dog is exercised and cared for and a loved companion who they have had for 6 yrs. Sounds like a good setup, there are many dogs that live boring lives forever in their backyard who would much prefer an older owner who has the time and ability to care for them.
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    She's happy enough - still a bit of a bugger at times. This morning on our walk she picked up one of those little tabs you use to close up the bread package, walked along with it hanging out of the corner of her mouth. Wouldn't give it to me until we got home and I offered her a swap. She handed it over straight away - swap means a bit of a bikkie. She's still a bit of a smartass.

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