Dog Grieving Due to Loss Of Sister?

I actually had two dogs, a Golden Retriever (female) and German Shepherd (male). They actually really get along well, play together, share foods, sleep together and explored places together with our neighbor's dog. My female dog suddenly got really ill and died. After that, my male dog changed. He used to eat a lot, being playful and energetic which is now completely opposite. He became timid, he sleeps a lot, eat less and doesn't want to play with other dog like he used to do.


I actually don't what should I do to bring him back to his original state. I've tried playing with him but he's not really interested. I tried taking him out for a walk 3-4 times a week and make him associate with other dogs sometimes but it doesn't seem to work. Can anyone give me advice on what should I do?

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December 16, 20201 found this helpful

The process could take several weeks or even a couple months. It sounds like you're doing the right things: comfort, stimulation, etc. You might try letting the dog sleep or nap with you too. Be sure to keep them on a routine for play, feeding, and exercise. With a little luck they will soon turn a corner.

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December 16, 20201 found this helpful

Have you thought about getting another dog? Sometimes that makes a grieving pet snap right back.....and the shelters are FULL of animals just waiting to find forever homes.

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December 17, 20201 found this helpful

Grieving takes time I would let your dog do his grieving and not worry.

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December 17, 20200 found this helpful

They are very much like humans and grieve.

My first thought is always have the vet check him out because he may have a physical issue. If he gets a clean bill of health, you may want to talk to the vet about a medical treatment (pheromones or anti depressants) or just let it work the grief through.


It is so hard. When we lost our older dog, our younger one moped for about 1 minute and then was fine. Others mope for months.

Prayers for your pup and for you. May your girl pup's memory always be a blessing!

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December 18, 20200 found this helpful

Sorry for your loss, This is a sad time for the family , and more so for your dog. Your pet will need time to adjust. There are a few tips that specialist say. To start , try not to get to emotional around your pet. The loss just reminds them. Keep your pet entertained with activities, walks, etc. The extra attention is most needed to get pass the grieving. - -

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