Adopt a puppy after the death of a dog

Posted on October 07 2018

Adopt a puppy after the death of a dog

Like the loss of a parent, the dog's death is a tragedy for his family. The adoption of a new puppy allows some to overcome this ordeal, but it can go wrong if it is hasty or thoughtless.

Whether it has occurred following an accident, illness or old age, the death of his pet is never a trivial event in family life , on the contrary. The feelings of emptiness and the sadness it engenders are quite comparable to what one feels after having lost a loved one . If this is your case and if you plan to take a puppy after the death of your pet, here are some tips to ensure that the adoption takes place in good conditions.

Give yourself time to overcome the loss and mourn

There is nothing more human than feeling pain and sorrow after the loss of your pet. Dogs are members of the family . They grow up with us, share our joys and worries, do everything to please us and help us on a daily basis, attach themselves to our children (and vice versa).

So it is a huge void that is created at home and in our lives with their disappearance. This emptiness, everyone reacts in his own way: some decide never to adopt a dog again to avoid reliving this painful episode, while others immediately project to welcome another animal. Between the two, there are those who prefer to wait a moment before starting to build links with a dog.

The key is to mourn well before considering a new adoption. It is indeed important to take the time to "digest" his grief and know if he is ready to welcome a puppy. To help you mourn, do not accumulatematerial memories of the deceased dog. Limit yourself to one or two items, in addition to photos and videos that will allow you to remember the beautiful moments spent with him.

It is not a question of forgetting your beloved dog, but rather not to remain prisoner of the sadness associated with its disappearance.

Errors to avoid

Want a dog similar to the one who has disappeared  : do not try to make your puppy a copy of the deceased dog, even if he is of the same race. Whatever you do in this way, it will never behave the same way and react differently to different situations, which does not mean that it has less value.

Transposing your sadness on the puppy  : It is quite natural to be sad or depressed after the loss of a loved one, but your puppy needs all your attention. He can certainly help you overcome your sorrow, but he is not just a sponge to feelings. If you "imprint" him on your lack of affection, you risk encouraging him to develop behavioral problems that are difficult to correct.

Reject the puppy if he is too different  : the newcomer may be less good guardian, less demonstrative (or on the contrary less calm), less inclined to report objects or less player. Which does not mean that he will not put forward other qualities in different fields. In addition, he will need time to learn all these things.

A new family member

When you are about to welcome a new pup, keep in mind that this is a unique being you will adopt. He is not the substitute for the dead dog, let alone his clone. He will have his own character , his own habits , his qualities and his faults. The puppy is expected to occupy a place within the family of which he will become a full member.

Give him as much time and affection as possible, without spoiling him too much. Take care in a fair and balanced way to give yourself the opportunity to thrive in your new environment. Give him everything a puppy needs to build his personality, grow well and stay healthy.

Take advantage of the experience you had with your deceased dog, without trying to reproduce exactly the same relationship you had with your dog.

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