How do you console a dog who is grieving? A friend of mine lost 2 of her dogs in the last 8 months, the most recent was her little crested who had to be put to sleep last week. Her dog Boomer is now lying around the house, not moving much and refusing to eat much. I have never had a dog that grieved the loss of their companions so I don't know what to tell her to do. I suggested getting him a friend but she cannot afford another dog right now.
I am hoping that this is all it is, grieving. After thousands spent at a specialist hospital, they could never figure out what was wrong with her crested so I hope it was nothing contagious.
I used to have only two dogs (wow, has time changed!), one rottie and one shepherd. They were both about 8 years old and one day we got up and my rottie had passed - no idea why, complete shock, still haven't figured it out. Anyway, my shepherd was horribly depressed. They had spent 24/7 together from the time I got them both at 8 weeks old only 2 weeks apart. She would hardly eat, wouldn't move, just laid there with the saddest look ever. I made it a point to spend as much time as possible with her, just petting her letting her know it was ok. I would try to play with her a little and she might play for a minute and then quit which was ok. I also spoiled her quite a bit for a while. She finally came around and perked back up but it took about 3 weeks before she was back to normal. I would tell your friend to just be with their dog, pet them as much as possible, try to play but if they don't want to don't make them and do something a little special - buy them a new toy or some special treats that they don't normally get. Dogs are just like people and need some time to grieve, eventually they will get over it though.
Thank you. That's kind of what I told her. Spoil him for awhile. I just didn't know if there was anything else that either could or shouldn't be done. We have never experienced this ourselves even when we only had 2 dogs in the house. We haven't had only 2 dogs in such a long time that I guess my guys never really felt the loss of their friend and then being all alone. I have a feeling that we will eventually experience this though because Max is soo attached to Scout, he cannot do anything without her. So this thread will be informative for the future for me as well. Thanks again!