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Few people want to admit that their beloved puppy is approaching his twilight years. While it is possible for dogs to live into their 30s, like the Australian cattle dog Chilla who died at age 32, a more likely estimate of your canine's life span ranges from almost 7 years to 13 ½. Here are some changes to expect as your dog enters his golden years. Credit: carterse/Flickr 1. More Talkative Excessive vocalizing as he ages doesn't mean he's becoming more conversational, but it could indicate that he's disoriented due to cognitive dysfunction, he's becoming deaf, or he's in pain, perhaps from arthritis. Have him thoroughly examined to rule out any medical condition. If there's no physical c...

Obedience is skill that some dogs thrive at, while others simply don't. They do what they want, and no amount of coaxing or commanding is going to stop them. This Golden Retriever, for example, couldn't care less about an obedience competition. It has a very different set of priorities. Share this on Facebook? MORE ON PAWNATION: Dolphin Is Fascinated by Girl's Acrobatics Cat Is a Total Paper Pusher Owl Receives Awesome Massage...

I Want You...To Want Me

Dogs need to interact with us in order to have a healthy life with us. They really only repeat behaviors that work out for them. If we want them to be well-behaved dogs, we have to reward the appropriate behaviors. That is why it's so important to make our dogs want to spend time with us. If we spend fun time with our dogs, we can catch them doing things we like. Credit: Getty Creative If you want to make your dog want to be with you, food isn't the only way to reward or motivate your dog. Pick something that motivates your dog; a toy, a tug, a tennis ball, a flirt pole. Don't expect them to play with it on their own, playing is a two way street. RELATED: The Power of Play - Train Your Do...

Most dog owners would love a well-trained pooch. To achieve this, it is best to start the training while your dog is still a puppy and much more malleable. This will mean fewer accidents for you to clean up, multiple pairs of shoes that won't be chewed, and not to mention that it reflects well on you when your dog is well-behaved. Credit: Getty Creative 10. Be Patient Remember that your puppy is just a baby and you are training him because he truly doesn't know any better. There will be accidents in the beginning and you need to stay patient with him if you want to achieve success. 9. Be Consistent Consistency is the key to keeping your puppy from becoming confused. If you tell him one ...