How Long After The Death Of My Dog Should I Get A New Dog Home?

09 Apr 2016 | by | Posted in: Wag News

To begin with, in complete honesty, it is really a personal choice. Your heart knows the pain of you lost dog, it'll best guide you through the journey from maximum pain to bearable acceptance. Some people wait days to weeks, while others hold out for months to years. Some people even decide they no longer wish to have dogs. The situation is different for everyone.

However, here are some guidelines that might help you make the decision that's right for you:

1. Feel the grief, don't run away from it.

It's normal to be sad, angry or lonely for a while. It's also okay to feel relieved and sad at the same time, especially in cases when your recently deceased dog suffered from a long and/or serious illness. 

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2. Consult all family members, take a group decision.

Are they ready to welcome a new dog into the home? Are they still grieving? The decision to get a new dog should be one you make as a group. Have "house meetings" to discuss what is on the minds of everyone in the home. 



3. Take your time, don't hurry.

new dog when you have not processed your feelings over the loss of your last dog. You might end up projecting negative feelings onto your new dog or having unreasonable expectations. Wait until you feel a sense of peace about your previous dog's death. Yes, you may still be grieving, but you should be at a place where you are processing your grief but it does not dominate your life.



4. Check with your other dog at home too.

Dogs grieve too. Your dog (other pet) may feel sad and lonely without his companion, but that doesn't mean a new dog will help. In some cases, bringing a new dog in the home before your dog is ready can cause quite a disruption.



5. If needed, change your lifestyle.

It's better to make any lifestyle changes before adding a new dog to your life. Are there goals or plans that you put off because of the care your previous dog needed? Maybe now is the time to take that sabbatical or simply a long, exotic vacation. 



In the end, take your time and one day a new baby will find you. It won't mean you're replacing your dog. Your new pet will be a companion with whom you build an entirely new set of memories and experiences. 

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