Post # 1
Last Thursday our Black Lab passed away after finding out about two weeks ago that she had a tumour on her Spleen. Aparently this is common in larger breeds.
At the advise of the vet we opted to have her spleen removed hoping she would be with us a few more months or a few more years but after a week she passed away, the Cancer had spread to her heart. We had her for 9.5 years and she was my first ever dog. She was fully of energy and gave us so much joy! It’s amazing how much you love them and how much losing them hurts. We got her about 6 months after we started dating and she turned us into a family. It feels like our house is so empty 🙁
We also have a mix breed that was with her for almost 9 years, he is really depressed and searching for her. We have been trying to keep him busy with long walks and my husband has been taking him to work with him. He was attacked by two dogs the day after she passed away and since then has been acting really aggressive towards other dogs, he is fine with dogs that he knows but when a strange dog approaches him he give a low grunt/growl but his tail is still up and wagging slowly. Anyone have any idea how we can work with him to get over this? We don’t have a lot of dog trainers in our area that we can reach out to.
Thanks so much!! And because I love seeing other people’s dogs here are two pics 🙂
Post # 4
I am so sorry for your loss. I know how heartbreaking it is to lose a pet.
I am not sure how to help with your problem thouggh. prehaps if you have any firends with non agressive dogs. prehaps do a few doggie play dates? start slow and keep a close eye on the interactions?
Post # 5
No advice here. Just wanted to say ((hugs)), I’m so sorry for your loss.
Post # 6
I have to words of wisdom, but just wanted to say that I am so, so sorry for your loss.
Post # 7
Sorry for your loss 🙁
Your other pup is in a rough patch right now, too (animals definitely grieve), so I wouldn’t freak out too much about behavior changes in the moment. I’d just give him plenty of space around other dogs for now, and carry treats on walks so you can reward the behaviors you DO want (checking in with you when other dogs are around, for example, or just ignoring the other dog). Do you have any friends with dogs he knows who could have him over for a play date?
Post # 8
=( I’m so sorry for your loss!
Post # 9
Aww I’m so, so sorry. For my 5th grade graduation gift my mom took me to the ASPCA and I got to adopt a dog. She was a black lab puppy and she became a big part of our family. She lived to be 15 and it broke our hearts when we had to put her down (she needed a blood transfusion and the vet said due to her age she probably wouldn’t make it through the procedure). Afterward my parents’ other dog, who had been with our lab for 7 years, was so lost and depressed. He looked for her constantly and always stared at her bed. It was heartbreaking. He did this until he passed away the next year 🙁
Post # 10
No advice here either, but I am so sorry for your loss.
Post # 11
I am so sorry for your loss. I know how painful it is to say goodbye to a fur baby 🙁 *HUGS* and as far as your other dog, try talking to your vet, they usually have great advice on this kind of situations. GL and again sorry for your loss 🙁
Post # 12
Thank you all so much for your advise!! We are all really struggling right now and I can’t imangins how he feels. Rewarding his positive behaviour is a great idea.
I have heard people talk about how hard it is to loose a pet but I had no idea it would feel this crappy.
Post # 13
SO sorry for your loss.. <3
Post # 14
@Lily2323: I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your fur baby 🙁 It must be absolutely awful.
I would do what other PPs mentioned. Taking him out slowly around other dogs and keeping treats at the ready to reward his good behavior is the best way to start. If there’s an opportunity for a play date with a dog he is familiar with, jump on it. It might take him a while since they grew up together, but you guys are doing everything you can right now. I hope the pain passes quickly. Good luck to you.
Post # 15
So sorry for your loss 🙁
When our puppy got scared by two golden retrievers we had to create a positive association between goldens and good stuff. You could start small by giving him a cookie whenever he looks at a strange dog without reaction, or practice your leave it command by having him ignore the other dogs?
Post # 16
Oh thats so sad =( Loosing a pet is awful. My chihuahua died at 12 of renal failure and it was quick. We had his daughte too and she was depressed, looking all over for him and crying at night because she wasn’t used to sleeping alone. We ended up moving a couple months later and putting her in a new environment really saved her (she’s 16 now). Clearly your not going to move for your dog, but I would take opportunity to explore new places with him whenever you can.
Also, it may hurt but you should get rid of anything that is reminiscent of your lab (toys, bed, food bowls, leashes). Even if you box it and put it in storage. Just so its not in sight/smellable to the other one.