How Long to Wait Before Getting a Next Dog?


What is the right amount of time to wait before getting a new dog after a beloved pet dies? One Month? Two? Six?

The answer is the amount of time that feels right. Most people don’t want to bring home a next dog while they are in the throes of grief. But grief plays out differently in different people. For some, it lasts a few weeks, for others, months — or longer. Wait until the grief doesn’t sting anymore.

One thing we do feel strongly about is that you should not bring home another dog once you learn your dog is dying. At that stage, the dog you have and love is the one that needs your undivided attention. And nothing will draw attention away like a new dog, even if it’s not a puppy.


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