When their favorite human disappears, some dogs can show subtle mood changes, sometimes evolving into depression.
Signs of grief in dogs can manifest themselves in symptoms such as loss of appetite, lack of drive, fatigue, sleep disturbances, incontinence and excessive licking. He may also express his sadness through barking and crying.
How should you deal with a dog in mourning?
For a dog to feel good, he needs a stable routine and environment. That's why it's essential not to disrupt his habits after his master's death.
To do this, feed and walk him at the same times as his previous owner. If possible, don't change his diet either. To encourage him to go out, vary the routes of your walks by visiting places rich in sounds and new scents.
Bear in mind that a dog in mourning may need more love and attention. To comfort him and distract him from the loss of his master, make sure you spend more time with him and share playtime, which will be all the more important for his physical and mental balance. Petting, brushing and soothing words will also help strengthen your bond.
It's important to be patient and understanding, but not too indulgent. It's essential to maintain the rules of life and education previously established.
In most cases, the dog will eventually get over the loss of its owner. However, if grief-related symptoms persist after several months, it's advisable to consult your vet.