Undergoing the loss of a pet can be a difficult situation. You love your pets like another family member, and you are greatly affected by their loss.
But along with your own suffering, you need to understand that other animals in the house are also grieving the loss of the other pet, and this confusion could cause your dog to behave differently over the next few days or weeks.
There are certain things you can do to help your dog overcome the loss of another pet in the home, and the following are a few tips to help.
Do fun things with the dog.
One of the best ways to help your dog deal with the loss of another pet is to start doing more fun things with the dog. Take them for more walks throughout the week, bring them to a dog park, or even take them for a ride in the car to a fun pet shop. This will help them feel more special, and it will also help you to bond with the other dog. Plus, doing something fun can help your dog take their mind off the other animal, which is a great help.
Buy them activity toys.
There are plenty of dog toys on the market today that can keep your dog entertained for longer periods of time. Buy a Kong ball and stick a treat or peanut butter inside to make your dog attracted to the toy for a longer period of time. Or buy a toy that has different components to it that your dog will love, such as the Bristle Bone. This way, your dog will be entertained for more hours during the day, which means they won’t be thinking about the other pet.
Start a daily activity with your dog.
Another way to help your dog grieve is to provide them with a daily activity that they can look forward to. For example, you can start talking your dog for a walk everyday after work. This way, your dog will start to look forward to your daily walks together when you get home from work. This is easily something that can help them keep their mind off the other pet.
Invest in a dog walker or daycare.
If you leave your dog home alone while you go to work, you may want to invest in a special dog walker or a doggy daycare for your dog to help them grieve. When your dog is home alone, the realization that their companion is gone will be much stronger. If you invest in a dog walker or a doggy daycare, your dog will have someone come to the house to play with them, or they’ll have a building full of other dogs to play with and keep them entertained. This can help keep your dog from feeling lonely, especially for the first few days after the other pet has passed.
Get another dog.
Some people help the dog grieve by getting another dog. While this can work, it’s important that you don’t try to replace the other pet right away. Instead, give your dog some time to try to process the information that the other pet is not coming home before introducing someone new. Then, if your dog and your family seem ready, you can invest in another dog for your home.
Danielle Nottingham is an avid blogger for www.DogTrainingCollars.com who often writes about the world of pets in an attempt to better educate pet owners.