Have a Yard Hangout
Even though many older dogs don’t have the same drive to run, chase, and wrestle with their peers, a casual backyard visit with a canine friend or two can grow your dog’s social life. Find a dog of a similar age and temperament, introduce them on neutral turf, and then bring them to a safe yard space. Then, let the dogs set the pace for the play date. Even if there’s no paw-to-paw play between them, sometimes just ambling around the space and exploring together is enough to grow a friendly relationship. Praise any positive interactions between the dogs, like appropriate sniffs, tail wags, or play overtures, and allow the friendship to grow on its own time.