Here are some simple tips for having a Dog-Friendly Divorce or Break-up:
- Dogs thrive on routine, so try to keep your dog's schedule as normal as possible. Regular exercise, feeding the same food at the same time, and minimizing changes to the time that you spend together will help alleviate stress in your dog.
- Communicate with your ex about the dog in a calm, compromising manner. Remember that your dog is not property, even if things are strained you can still work together to do what is best for your dog.
- Focus on the big stuff first, like who the dog will live with and where, but don't forget to discuss how things like finances, training, grooming and healthcare will be handled.
- Make the most of the time you and your dog spend together. Explore new parks, try a dog sport like Agility, learn doggie massage, or just snuggle up with your own personal therapy dog.
- Get help from a professional if you need it! Dog Trainers, Animal Behaviorists, Lawyers and Psychologists know their stuff and there is no substitute for their services.