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@savypat (20247)
United States
November 1, 2008 3:58pm CST
My daughter's dog is staying with us and he is so depressed, he misses her so much. Usually we can get him excited with the other dogs but he's just not willing to play today. Any suggestions?
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@uwiniwin (61)
• India
2 Nov 08
Hi savypat, I have written an article about dogs that miss their previous owners/friends. Please read it at http://gooddogfood.org/dog-behavior/separation-anxiety-in-dogs-tips-for-effective-management/. I hope the write-up is of help to you.
@savypat (20247)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Thank you for that information, I'll give it to my daughter and keep a copy for myself, we also have a seperation-anxiety dog. Thank you for your response
• India
3 Nov 08
Hi Im sure you too will find some topics of interest on this site http://www.gooddogfood.org and also on http://dogcarereviews.com. Both sites are compeletel;y devoted to dog care information. On the latter you can also download for free, dog care books. Any suggestions you may have for improvement of this site are most welcome.
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2 Nov 08
the other of mylot have more than likly said this already but have you tryed to cuddle him/her when we had a dog many years now she was missing my mum so my son just sat with her a talked to her she slowly came round but it took time and have you something of your daughters that you can let the dog have so he can smell her cent.
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Thanks for your advise, I got her on the phone so she could talk to him and he cheered up right away. So we know it's just depression and this will go away as soon as she comes back. Today I hope.
2 Nov 08
l am so glad that it has been cleared up. so now he is going to be a happy dog
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• United States
1 Nov 08
Oh, poor thing. Maybe try playing with him? Do you have dog toys? A good game of tug-of-war or fetch should get a dog in a better mood.
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
1 Nov 08
Thanks for your idea, we tried but all he does is lay around, He's ninety pounds so we can't even do the lap dog thing with hiem. Thanks for your response.
@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
1 Nov 08
Well, I think that if he wants to lay around and be sad, you can't really stop him. I mean, it's a dog. You can try to play, but if he doesn't want to, he won't. Maybe you can cheer him up with some food.
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
1 Nov 08
He didn't even eat his breakfast. He did go for a walk and do his business so I know nothing's wrong there. And it won't hurt him to skip a few meals, I just wish I could talk dog talk and tell him she'll be back soon. thanks for yur response
@kaka135 (13989)
• Malaysia
6 Nov 08
How about giving him some treats or toys to play? Or he likes to play with human beings instead of dogs? Besides leaving my dog with the vet, I haven't leave my dog with any one else yet, I don't know if she will miss me a lot when she doesn't see me.
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6 Nov 08
Talk to him and assure him that his master will return. Whenever I leave town for 15-20 days, I have a friend come over and check on my cats. But, cats don't care! However, when I do return, there is a brief period when they ignore me...then all of them are in my lap. I'm covered with cats. Just talk to him, and if your daughter has a phone, have her call the dog and talk to him! He needs to hear her voice.
@trixyteddy (1072)
• India
2 Nov 08
You can't do much. He actually misses your daughter. Since when is he with you and for how much longer. One or two days it okay, after that they get depressed. I think you better check with a Vet how to handle the situation. I had this experience with my neighbour's dog. She loves me, but then loves them more. When they go for a holiday (its normally three or four days), she's okay the first two days. After that she goes all quiet and then refuses to eat. Once they are back, she is all thrilled and gobbles down everything.
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• United States
2 Nov 08
Anytime and of my dogs were looking or acting sad I would take them outside for a long walk, or just let them run around and play. Show the dog lots of attention, maybe give the dog a treat and take the dog outside to play. Hope this helps some.
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@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
1 Nov 08
Ahh, poor guy. My sister's dog is the opposite, he's just like a kid going to grandma's house. He doesn't want to leave! I would try taking him for a car ride if he likes them. Maybe take him to a park and let him run. You could also give him his favorite treats and maybe a taste or two of his favorite 'people food'. Other than that I would just suggest loving him lots - lots of pets and cuddles and scratched behind the ears. Hopefully he'll come around.
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
1 Nov 08
I would just take him out for extra walks. That way he'll get comfortable with his new surroundings. Maybe you can buy him a little dog toy or bone.
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