Cue the David Bowie song – changes can be just as hard on your dog as they are on you.
New environments, new people in (or out) of the house, and changing schedules can really put your dog off and give them something to worry about. Figuring out what in your dog’s life has changed and how you can help your dog adjust to those changes is key. Hiring a dog walker if you’re working longer days, or giving your dog some quiet time in a new house full of children could really ease your pup’s mind.
Treatment of canine depression entirely depends on the cause. If it’s something medical related, your veterinarian will guide you in the right direction. If it’s behavioral, there are several options:
Option 1: Consult a Behaviorist
Reaching out and getting an assessment from a behaviorist can be extremely beneficial in situations like this. Having someone outside of your canine-human relation evaluate your relationship might give you valuable tools and other ways to stimulate your dog to get them through their depression.
Option 2: Exercise
Let your dog run free!
Just like humans, dogs get a buzz from being active. Increasing walks, play dates and dog park time could make a positive impact on your dog’s depression.
Option 3: Diet
Changing your dog’s diet might be worth examining. Some research suggests that dogs who aren’t the healthiest of eaters might be more prone to weight issues and depression. Cutting back on treats or human snacks could make a great impact.