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    Is it wise to show the remaining dog the dog once it has been put down so she knows it has died? My thinking was that the remaining dog can grieve and know that her friend has gone and why she has gone.

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    We have always shown our other pets, and sometimes they stay for the burial. (The cats don't.) They can smell death, so I'm sure it gives them understanding.

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    I answered in the other thread.

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    I've never had the opportunity to do that with my past dogs..
    Would be interested to know how dogs behave given that scenario..
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    I don't think it makes any difference. Dogs are not humans. Gone - dead or gone - new home - doesn't make any difference to the dog left behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I don't think it makes any difference. Dogs are not humans. Gone - dead or gone - new home - doesn't make any difference to the dog left behind.
    I do know for a fact that Keesie fretted from the day Kosmo died. She was never the same dog after that and she died 6 months later ..
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    I do not think dogs know "death" but think they understand "not right". Then again it is your dog and doing some sort of closure as a whole can not be a bad idea. just a thought..
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    Hi Mitte

    I didn't mean the dog won't greive for its friend - it will but it doesn't care why the other dog is gone. Just that it's gone. Although for a dog that was bullied - they might find this a relief and improve but if they were great friends the dog left behind will be sad.

    Ie I don't see the point in showing the dog left behind - the other dog.

    Based on how my horse was - some of his friends died in the paddock and some were relocated - he fussed just the same either way. For him he usually fussed for about 3 weeks to a month and then he got over it. He lived an extremely long time for a horse (39yo hence seeing lots of other horses come and go for various reasons).

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    Rightly or wrongly, I have always allowed my dogs to sniff and 'see' the deceased dog's body. My dogs have also been present when we have buried the body. It is the only time I have ever seen my remaining dogs sit together and howl- and this has occurred across many dogs and dog combinations. It has seemed to me they fret less then than when one dog has been taken away for any other reason.

    I think they understand death, as do many animals. I've always perceived it as helping them understand why their canine companion has gone.

    But that's just my opinion and observation... As a human observer.

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    I always have and always will.........I have answered it more completely in the other thread
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