Your pooch may be past their bonkers, extra squishable puppy years, but you’d better believe us, there’s plenty coming up to look forward to. That’s right, welcome to adulthood!
During this time, you’ll hopefully be in a great position to keep up all the good habits they’ve learned in their younger years. If things still need a little improvement, don’t worry – the phrase ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ isn’t true!
Adulthood will be your dog’s longest life stage before they enter their senior years. It’s important to know how to best take care of your furry friend during this time so you can keep them happy and healthy over the years to come.
Read on to check out our top tips on how to support your dog in their adulthood!
At what age does a dog become an adult?
If you have a small-medium pooch, you can expect their adulthood to span from 3 years old, right up to 10 years old. For large-extra large dogs, adulthood starts at 3 years old and extends to 8 years of age, at which point they tip into their senior years.
How can I keep my dog in great shape throughout their adult years?
Keep up the flea & worm treatment
Fleas can hop onto your pet from any of their favourite places – the garden, the park, the pub… nowhere is safe! These pests are opportunists who will do anything they can to hitchhike a ride on your pet.
Did you know 5 fleas on an untreated pooch can lead to more than 1 million eggs infesting your home in only 4 weeks. Yikes!
Protect your pet against fleas, ticks and biting lice by receiving a monthly treatment of Itch Flea through your letterbox. Itch Flea will eradicate any pesky fleas on your pet within just 24 hours and kill ticks within 48 hours.
Let’s not forget about worms either. These wrigglers will ‘worm’ their way in when your pet accidentally eats worm eggs or larvae. The really gross part? It’s usually because another animal which had worms living in their gut, has already pooped them out! Got a furry friend who can’t walk past a poo without angling for a nibble? Or maybe scavenging is their guilty pleasure? If they’re not protected against worms already, get started now!
The worrying thing about worms is at the early stages of infestation, your pet might not be showing any outward symptoms. By the time you start to pick up on the signs your pooch isn’t very well, the infestation in their guts can be quite advanced. Be sure to add Itch Wormer to your furry friend’s delivery to protect against roundworms and tapeworms, as well as their larvae.
Keep up your dog’s booster schedule
It’s recommended that all dogs receive a primary course of core vaccines to help protect them from a range of canine illnesses, such as Parvovirus, Distemper, Infectious Hepatitis, and Leptospirosis. If your dog has an active social life and likes to mix with their pals at doggy day care or with their dog walker, your vet may also recommend a kennel cough vaccination.
Your furry companion will then need to receive regular booster injections throughout adulthood to keep them protected and prevent their immunity from decreasing. Some diseases will need to be vaccinated against annually, and others every three years. Your vet will be able to let you know when these vaccines are due.
Support your adult dog with a high quality, all-round supplement
Providing your adult pooch with a high-quality, all-round supplement is the easiest way to ensure you’re covering all bases and helping to keep them in tip top shape. Best in Show has been created by vets and pet-loving experts to deliver the finest blend of clinically proven ingredients, formulated to support your dog in 10 key wellness areas, including…
- Skin & coat
- Stress & anxiety
- Gut health
- Immune system
- Eye health
- Brain development
- Heart health
- Oral health
- All-round wellness
Best in Show is easy to administer. No hard to swallow pills or gloopy oils. Simply mix the recommended dose of Best in Show powder into their food and watch them tuck in.
Give your dog the right nutrition
Your adult dog will need to receive the correct balance of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to help keep them in great shape. A high-quality, protein-rich diet should help them stay fueled throughout the day. Clean Bowls provides tailored nutrition to help your pooch stay happy and healthy.
After giving your furry friend a taste test, we’re pawsitive it’ll be clean bowls all-round. So confident in fact, we’ll refund you if your pet turns their nose up at it!*
Always check out the feeding guide which comes with your dog’s food to make sure you’re giving them the correct amount. As with us humans, our pet’s metabolisms will slow as they age so as they progress through their adult years and start approaching their senior years, keep an eye on their weight and adjust their portions accordingly.
Protect your adult dog’s teeth
It’s never too late to get into a good oral hygiene routine with your adult dog! Not looking after your dog’s teeth can leave them at risk of painful dental disease and expensive dental treatment.
Be sure to use a dental toothpaste for dogs on your furry companion as part of their oral hygiene routine. Itch Dental Toothpaste is easy to use and specially formulated to break down dental plaque and tartar. Simply apply with the nozzle of the dental finger brush provided for clean teeth and fresh breath.
In addition to toothpaste, we also offer tasty Itch Dental Treats. These contain peppermint to help neutralise whiffy breath and activated charcoal to help maintain white teeth, as well as added vitamins and minerals to support your dog’s overall health.
Regular exercise for adult dogs
A good exercise regime is essential for keeping your adult dog in tip top shape! Whether they’re enjoying a gentle trot or having the zoomiest of zoomies, exercise is great for their cardiovascular system. It helps to build and maintain muscle mass and strengthen their joints. Regular exercise is also beneficial for their gut health – it stimulates their intestines and helps to produce healthy bowel movements.
Not all the benefits of exercise are physical. Much like with us humans, the release of pent up energy can have calming benefits and help with behavioural problems such as excessive vocalisation and destructive behaviour.
Different breeds have different requirements when it comes to their recommended daily amount of exercise. If you’re unsure, you can either search online or ask your vet for their recommendation.
Keeping your adult dog mentally stimulated
Keeping your dog’s mind healthy can be as important as keeping them physically healthy! There are plenty of ways to add more mental stimulation to your dog’s day.
We all know how powerful dog’s noses are. So why not put that boopable snoot to good use? Dig out some puzzle feeders to really get them using their brain. When you venture out on walks, give them time to stop and sniff. They’ll be decoding so many different scents, many of which us humans wouldn’t have a chance of sniffing out!.
Training isn’t just for the puppy stage – this should continue throughout your dog’s life and is a great way to reinforce good manners, as well as provide mental stimulation. Why not try teaching your adult dog some new tricks? For example, spinning around, rolling over or giving you their paw. Don’t forget lots of praise (and treats go a long way, too).
Socialisation for adult dogs
Socialisation helps dogs to learn what behaviour is acceptable and what behaviour isn’t, as well as developing the skills they need to communicate effectively with other dogs.
If your adult dog is well-socialised and enjoys the company of other canine friends, this can provide high levels of stimulation, not to mention heaps of fun. As you can imagine, the benefits of this are both physical and mental!
However, not all adult dogs are well-socialised or know how to behave around other dogs, and there can be many reasons for this. If your dog isn’t currently very social and you want to encourage more pooch-on-pooch interactions, it could be worth reaching out to a local dog trainer who can provide guidance to help your no.1 canine become more social with other dogs.
We’re here to help
If you follow all of these tips, you can feel confident you’re giving your pooch the best possible support throughout their adult years to help them stay as happy and healthy as possible.
And we’re here to help you along the way. Our personalised pet wellness plans are packed full of vet-approved products, tailored to your dog’s unique needs. Everything you need will be delivered to your door, exactly when you need it. That’s one less thing to remember!
If you have any questions at all, the pet wellness pro’s in our customer service team are here to help. Feel free to drop our team a message 8am-10pm or call them on 020 3370 0905 Mon to Fri 8am-4pm. We’d love to hear from you!