Q. I have a 14 year old husky, akita mix male dog. Sometimes when he comes in from a walk he just stands there and stares.

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A. If the behavior is new or unusual for him, your dog may benefit from a senior wellness check at your local vet. Like humans, dogs can suffer from aging-related cognitive changes and dementia, which may be causing the strange staring behavior you are seeing. Chang to a brain-healthy senior diet, and checking for any underlying illnesses may help him return to normal.

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