You and your spouse have decided to call it quits. You’re probably busy divvying up your possessions, making claims on shared friends and sorting out your alimony. What you probably aren’t doing, however, is considering how this major turn of events is impacting your dog.

It’s worth remembering that a divorce is traumatic for every member of your household—including your pet. In today’s post, we discuss why it’s important to consider your furry friend’s wellbeing when you and your ex part ways.

Something’s off at home.

Dogs are creatures of habit. Routine gives them comfort. If your spouse always got up at 6:00 a.m. and took your dog for a run, your dog will have a rough time coping when this reliable constant suddenly vanishes. Other changes of ambiance that may not be obvious to humans can also cause your dog distress. Even the missing smell of your ex can make your dog depressed.

Something’s off with you.

Dogs are incredibly intuitive animals. They can sense if you’re angry or gloomy—and your emotional state impacts their own peace of mind. If there is negative energy in the home, your dog may act out. They may start to pace nervously or whine. They could become reclusive or even destructive.

If your dog suddenly develops behavioral problems, it’s probably for a reason. It’s worth examining what’s changed in the household and how the atmosphere is at home. If you’re recently separated from your spouse, it’s important to understand that your dog’s poor behavior is probably a form a grieving. Once your dog adjusts to the new routine without your ex—and once your emotional state calms down—you can expect your dog’s behavior to return to normal.