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Behavior Support for Senior Dogs

To love and care for a senior dog is an extra special privilege. We help owners provide their grey-muzzled friends with the Nature-Driven Nurture they need to feel safe, loved, and fulfilled throughout their golden years. Because they deserve nothing less.

Programs Specially Designed for Senior Dogs

The behavioral needs of our dogs will naturally change as they age into their senior years. Our canine behavior experts help you focus on a few key areas especially important to the happiness and wellbeing of senior dogs:

Age-Appropriate Daily Routines. Senior dogs may require more frequent bathroom breaks, quieter/comfier resting places, less time spent alone, adjusted social experiences with people and other dogs, and more. We help you design a daily routine that allows your senior dog to navigate peacefully and happily through everyday life.

Age-Appropriate Exercise & Cognitive Stimulation. As dogs age, their physical and mental abilities change. With input from your veterinarian, we help you provide age-appropriate exercise and cognitive enrichment to keep your senior dog’s brain and body feeling good. 

Behavior Therapy for Senior Dogs. Sometimes, our senior dogs can develop age-related behavior issues such as separation anxiety, handling sensitivities, cognitive dysfunction, and more. Your veterinarian or veterinary behaviorist will often play an important role in such cases; we work alongside them to provide supportive behavior therapy.

Success Stories

Behavior Therapy, Fear + Anxiety, Instinct East Harlem, Private Coaching, Veterinary Behavior Collaboration

Sofrito was having a very hard time settling into life in an urban environment. Noises such as bus breaks, fireworks, motorcycles and revving engines terrified her outside and she had a hard time settling in her apartment if she heard noises from the street. To help Sofrito build a strong, positive relationship with her mom, Natasha, and to use that relationship to help grow Sofrito’s confidence in other areas of her life.
Behavior Therapy, Fear + Anxiety, Instinct East Harlem, Private Coaching, Senior Dog Support, Veterinary Behavior Collaboration

Jacky displayed significant fear-based behaviors in a variety of situations, from cowering and baring his teeth if someone reached too quickly to pet him, to freezing in place and urinating in response to simple obedience cues. He also struggled with impulsivity and separation anxiety. Our goal was to help Jacky regain his confidence as he aged.

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The first step is booking a kickoff consultation  to start working toward your goals for your senior dog.


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Our flexible, custom programs are individually designed to help you achieve your goals, while meeting your dog’s unique behavioral health needs.

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Behavior change science is a process. It can be applied to all breeds, ages, and behavior issues to create positive, life-changing outcomes for humans and their dogs.

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