Some dogs are visibly lethargic after the death of their owner, explains Addy. “They stop eating, they don’t want to go out anymore,” she says.
For such affected dogs, it’s first and foremost important to stick to their usual daily routine. “Distraction, going on walks, motivation” – these are helpful during this time.
If the owner has no family or no one is able to take on the animal, bring it to an animal shelter. “Generallly speaking, the shelters try to find homes for these dogs right away,” she says.
They also try to ensure that the new family is a good fit, for example that an old dog doesn’t end up in a home with young children. – dpa