Sometimes dogs can become depressed and they need to be cheered up. Depression in dog may be an everyday occurrence, as some dogs suffer from separation anxiety and will become depressed and stressed every time they realize that their owners are not with them. Some unusual happenings (hopefully once in a lifetime) may also depress your dog like the death of a special playmate, or even a human family member.
How to know whether my dog is depressed?
If your canine companion is depressed, you will most likely notice the below mentioned signs:
No interest in going for walks
No interest in playing with a ball or old toys
Eating much less or more than normal
What can be done to cheer up my dog?
If your canine companion is showing various clinical signs of depression, then you should take him to the vet for proper examination. He may diagnose your dog to make sure there are no internal organ problems with him. Some of the depression symptoms are similar to the arthritis; therefore, your vet may want to do x-rays. If no abnormalities are found in the diagnosis, you can try following six things:
You should spend some extra time with your dog. This should be walking, even if it is in the normal areas
You should take your dog away to the new places. This needs to be a long walk if you both can handle it, so that your dog gets plenty of exercise and comes home and gets good sleep
You should try to take your dog for a walk in the morning, when the sun is shining, as it will help him throughout the day
You can take some special treats with you when you both go for a walk and when your pooch is playing or acting normal praise him lavishly, and give him the treats. It may be possible that your pooch will associate acting normal with the treat.
You can bring home a new toy for your dog which might make your dog happy.
You can play music for your canine companion. However, it is a controversial topic and some dog behaviourists think that it has no effect whatsoever. Maybe not, but it will also not hurt your dog.
A new puppy or pet at your home can also help to correct the depression issue in your canine companion.