What To Do When Your Dog Feel Sad?
Even dogs can get the blues. Learn how you can treat dog depression: here are few tips you can try.
If you can take your dog for a walk in the morning, when the sun is shining, it should help him throughout the day. If this is not something you do, set your alarm a half hour earlier in the morning. Your dog´s well being is worth those few minutes of sleep.
Spend extra time with him. This should really be efficient, even if it is only in the normal times and areas.
Take your dog away to a new place. This needs to be a walk, a long walk if you both can handle it (this is not always easy with a depressed dog), so that he gets plenty of exercise and comes home and sleeps normally.
Take some special treats with you when you go for a walk. When your dog is playing ball, give him some of those treats. It is possible that your dog will associate acting normal with rewards.
Bring him home a new toy. As well as distracting him, a new toy might make your dog happy. This should be the kind of toy that you both will interact with.
Play music for your dog. This is a controversial topic and some behaviorists think it has no effect whatsoever. Maybe not, but it will not hurt.
Dogs are social animals. If you really are not able to take much time away from your regular schedule, sometimes a new puppy helps. This is not always a solution, however, and if you do get a second dog and your older dog becomes more depressed you should be sure you can take him back to the breeder if you have to rehome him.
Keep daily routines as consistent as possible. Pets do best when they know what to expect from one day to the next. Try to keep mealtimes, exercise, walks, playtime, grooming, bedtime and other daily activities on a consistent schedule.
Keep your dog’s diet and mealtimes the same and spice up what’s on the menu. It is important to continue to offer him the same food he is used to, at the same time each day, but if you find your dog is not interested in eating much, consider offering a yummy knucklebone for dessert, or make a tasty treat for training time that he has not had before.
Store what he does not eat in the fridge, and offer it to him again at his next regularly scheduled mealtime. Use his hunger to help him get his appetite back by resisting the urge to entice him with unhealthy food toppers.
A better idea is to try to distract him with healthy, fun activities that provide opportunities for positive behavior reinforcement. This can be a walk, short training sessions, a game of fetch, nose work or offering her a food puzzle toy or recreational bone.
Be careful not to inadvertently reward your dog’s depression. It’s only natural to want to comfort your sad pet, but unfortunately, giving attention to a dog who is displaying an undesirable behavior can reinforce the behavior.
And reward them when they show signs of happiness. If the only thing that still gets a little tail wag out of your dog is a car ride, then take him for a series of short rides each day, praising and rewarding him when he appears happier.
Give it time. Your dog’s depression may take a few days or even weeks to blow over, but eventually most pets return to their normal lively selves.