Is your dog feeling under the weather? Don’t be too quick to judge that they may be sick or feeling bad. It could be that your dog is just feeling sad. This post will help you deal with it.
Your dog could be sad if he’s showing the following signs:
1. Change in sleeping pattern
2. Change in appetite
3. Lack of enthusiasm in doing things
4. Excessive grooming – too much licking on one area of their body
5. No interest in interacting with people
Possible reasons as to why your dog feels sad:
1. Change in environment
2. Someone in the family moves out
3. Someone in the family passes away
4. Having a new addition to the family – baby or pet
Studies showed that dogs and two-year-old kids share the same emotional range. As two-year-old kids get sad, so do dogs. Here’s what you can do to cheer your dog up:
Cuddling is best as it will not require much energy from your dog. You could simply cuddle them and make them feel how loved and special they are.
Playing with them will also cheer up your dog. They will love that you want to interact with them and bond with them. They will feel that nothing is wrong after all.
Walking your dog is also an effective pick-me-upper. It will excite their senses and even provide a solid exercise.
4. Socializing with other dogs
Mingling with other dogs will also cheer them up. Their dog friends will remind them how all things are truly still fun and exciting.
You can never go wrong with treats. It could be through food, their favorite toy, or their favorite pastime. If your dog enjoys car rides, going on one will surely cheer them up!
Be aware though that the show of the following symptoms can mean more than sadness and will require that they be brought to the vet:
1. Weight loss
2. Dog does not greet you enthusiastically when you get home
Credits: Acoma Animal Clinic