Am I making my dog depressed?
December 7, 2011 1:41 PM Subscribe
Am I harming my dog by not walking it every day? And why won't she play with her ball anymore?
posted by kanata to pets & animals (53 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've had my dog Annie for a month and I love her lots. I asked previously about mental illness and pet ownership and she's been a life saver. I'm finding though that about once a week my depression is so bad I can't walk her. She usually gets an hour walk in the morning and 45 mins in the afternoon. However, that one day a week I just can't seem to get out of bed. Is this harming her? She just sits around the house on the back of the couch on these days staring out the window and sighing. Am I making her depressed?
(I looked for dog walkers in my town but no one is listed on any local sites and I know no one who could do it).
I still take her out in the yard on these days and that's where my second question comes in. She used to love chasing tennis balls and bouncing around the yard. Now she just ignores them or if she runs after it she brings it to the door and drops it as if she is hiding them from me. Is there anything I can do to instill play in her again?
I tried one of those balls that dispenses treats when you push it around but she just tries to chew it (like the 1,000 chew toys she has).
I'm a first time dog owner and just worried that my depression is harming her.