Supporting A Sad Dog
Like people, dogs are emotional and a sad dog is one more way that they let us know just how emotional they really are. There are many circumstances for causing sadness in our best friends and these are the most common reasons:
- Losing a furry family member such as another dog or the family cat
- Losing their master
- Moving to a new home
- Being left alone too much
- Lack of exercise (boredom)
- Family dysfunction
Since abuse and neglect aren’t something that responsible, caring dog owners typically do; the other reasons would be the most common.
What Can You Do For A Sad Dog
Nobody knows your dog better than you do. So after observing the above causes, try and identify what could be causing your dog to be sad.
- Did your sad dog lose his furry companion?
Think about rescuing another companion for him. However, the best way to do this is by taking your dog to the shelter with you to meet the new dog on neutral terms. Plus, you can check out different dogs to see which one your dog likes best.
- Did she lose her master or someone she was close to?
Well, this is a hard one and by understanding how we feel when we lose someone close to us — we can better support our fur babies. Keep her busy by taking her for walks and spending quality time with her. Walking helps to minimize anxiety and release bottled energy. Keep a close eye on her.
- Is your sad dog dealing with any physical sickness or disease?
Other physical problems or disease can bring on sadness and depression in dogs, just like humans. Again, if your dog is capable and not limited in any way, exercise helps tremendously. If he is limited by some sort of physical condition such as severe hip dysplasia or arthritis — take him for several short walks daily. Cuddle with him and just provide lots of LOVE.
- Moving to a new home
This is hard on animals. Our domestic pets are very territorial and by uprooting them from everything they currently know can cause devastating results for them. Be sympathetic to this and upbeat in the new home. Spend time with him walking through the new house and showing him around. Don’t just throw his bed in a corner somewhere and expect him to be happy. Walk him through the new neighborhood allowing him to sniff out his fellow canine friends (the can do this by sniffing the grass, poles, etc.). Introduce him to his neighbors and make his new home a fun experience for him too.
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