Dogs provide complete, uncomplicated love, while human relationships can be complex.
Caring for a dog provides meaning, routine and purpose which is lost when they die.
Guilt over euthanasia decisions or not spending enough time with the dog can linger.
Dogs are a constant presence, so their absence after death is deeply felt.
Lack of ritual and inability to explain death to a dog may deny closure.
Dog toys and belongings serve as painful reminders and grief triggers.
There may be less social support and empathy for pet versus human loss.