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How To Create a Contingency Plan for Your Dog

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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When we bring a new dog into our home we place a great deal of emphasis on forming a bond with it. If we have a partner and children it’s important that our dog becomes familiar with them, too. But what if we live alone?



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We may have family members and friends that come and go, and your dog will get used to them over time, but it’s also necessary – and healthy – for your dog to form a bond with others that are a part of your life. The same thing is true of other animals that might live in your household as well.



Dog and Owner Walking on Beach
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Consider your dog as you would a child. An only-child that lives with a single parent can become very lonely and dependent unless he can form relationships with others besides his parent. The same goes for your dog.



Dog and Owner Walking on Beach
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But there is another reason why your dog needs other people in his life. You may not like to think about it, but if something were to happen to you, you need to ensure that your dog will have someone else who loves him and will take care of him when you’re gone.

Animals experience grief as much as we do, and they have no way of understanding what has happened when you’re suddenly not there. Having someone who is familiar and who understands your dog’s needs will make the experience a little easier.

It’s a good idea to have a conversation with family or friends about who would be willing to take your dog. Make sure it’s a good match, and that your dog gets to visit with them to get used to them, their family and their home.

Dogs are fairly resilient, but if the worst should happen, you need to make the transition to a new life for him as easy and stress-free as possible.

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