Canine Depression – 10 Common Signs and 10 Simple Suggestion Of What You Can Do, To Help Your Dog

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Absolutely!  Dogs do get depressed.  There are a number of sources that can ebb the life out of your canine buddy.

  1. Loneliness…you may be too busy, or they may have lost a dear human or animal friend.
  2. Sudden changes in routines and schedules.
  3. More than usual tension in the home.  Your dog could be sensing YOUR moods.
  4. Illness, yours or your dog’s.
  5. Ageing.  They can no longer physically do, what they were once capable of doing.
  6. Dietary problems (wrong food)


  1. Weight loss
  2. Lack of thirst
  3. Lack of sociability
  4. Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
  5. Anxious
  6. Impulsive aggression
  7. Phobic
  8. Nervous
  9. Grief
  10. Chemical imbalance


  1. Have your vet determine if there is a physical or chemical problem causing your dog’s mood change.
  2. Talk to your vet about your dog’s diet.  A simple change of diet may help.
  3. Talk to your dog!  Many owners rarely talk to their dogs…other than to scold them.  They love the sound of your voice…be up beat.  Praise them as many times a day as possible.
  4. As much as possible, stay on a scheduled routine.   It offers your dog a sense of security.
  5. If your dog has lost a human or animal friend, socialize them.  Take them where they can interact with other dogs, preferably daily.  Dogs need dogs.
  6. Enroll in a positive reinforcement, punishment-free obedience dog training class. You will benefit by toning up your leadership skills, and your dog will benefit from the socialization with new people and dogs, not to mention the added bonus of spending quality time with his or her best friend, YOU!  Make the commitment, you will both enjoy it…and it works!
  7. Have an adventure with your dog…do something fun, new, and different.  Keep it short and keep it fun.  Keep them interested, so they will be open for new challenges.
  8. Walk him or her in a new location.  Change can spark life back into your friend.
  9. Take your dog with you when possible.  Include him or her in your activities outside the home.  Take him or her to work with you if you can.  Take them with you when you visit friends.
  10. If the time is right for you, consider getting him or her a canine companion.  Let your dog pick out their new friend! If you are not ready to assume the responsibilities of another dog…don’t get one!

The most important thing you can do to help your dog over this bump in the road…let them know how much you love them.  They need to see it in your eyes, hear it in your voice, and feel it with your actions.  It doesn’t take much, to make them happy!


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