Staffy missing mate
We have just had to put down one of our 2 dogs and we are wondering how we should interact with our dog as he misses his mate. Do they tend to suffer from grief or become agitated without their long term mate? Both dogs 10 years old.
Reply: Staffy missing mate
Yes dogs very much grief like humans and the best way to handle is NOT to molly coddle the dog, but give it back some self confidence to move on and show leadership. Keep the routine as normal as possible, so there is something still 'normal' for them to hold on to. You may find your dog may sleep on the deceased dog's bed - and all that is fine, don't make too many changes in the short time. In a fortnight or so by all means see what is used and retain that. Also if the dog is eating less do not worry, stick to the normal feeding pattern and good ? things will normalise. Normally there should be no issue with agitation, however - from my own experience - some dogs do not accept a new mate easily. Above all take time with that and don't be disappointed if they do not really want another dog to join them.... Stay strong, consistent and loving and it will settle down.