Dogs grieve. Their grief may be perceived as something different than the grief experienced by humans but when someone with whom Fido has become attached is no longer there, he will let you know his feelings.
When a close member of Fido’s pack passes away he may act lethargic, whine and seem to be looking for the beloved person or animal, or stop eating. Be comforted in knowing that this behavior will recede in time.
Give the dog extra attention. Allow Fido to sleep on the belongings of the deceased so he is surrounded by familiar smells. Be gentle if he suddenly begins marking in the house—it’s all a part of the canine bereavement process.
If you have questions about this or any other dog-related issue, please contact me at 856.981.8957. There is never a fee for phone or email consultation.
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