Vision and Hearing Changes
It is a normal process of aging that vision and hearing abilities will be decreased. Because of this, an older Poodle does best when routines are kept and changes are not made. One of the most important things that you can do is not to rearrange the furniture in your home and keep all toys and food and water bowls in the same place.
An older Poodle does well when commands are given both vocally and by hand signals. It helps to begin this well before your senior Poodle has any hearing loss. Approaching your dog from the side, as so not to startle him or her is also recommended.
While it does not occur with all Poodles, dog of any breed can develop gray hairs, very much as we do as we grow older. While grooming is important at all stages of your dog’s life, do be sure to always use conditioner when bathing your older Poodle. Skin will be much more sensitive now and having exposed skin can cause skin to dry out quickly and can lead to sores. It is recommended to allow your Poodle to have a simple Puppy Clip, Utility Clip or Lamp Clip when in their senior years. See also: