Like humans, some dogs can occasionally suffer from bouts of depression and melancholy. And if your dog’s behavior changes, even if you suspect you know why, it’s a good idea to first of all check in with your vet and make sure your dog’s sad mood does not signal a medical problem. Read more to find out what to do next.

The good news is, dog sadness usually doesn’t last long!

If your dog has a temporary case of the blues, you can comfort them and help change their mood by doing something positive together. For example:

  • Play with a favorite toy
  • Go for a brisk walk
  • Set up a doggy playdate with another canine friend
  • Go for a ride in the car
  • Offer a special treat