Your boyfriend would naturally be very upset that his beloved dog died.
If he had a really close relationship with this dog, it would be even harder for him to deal with the loss.
You may not know how to approach this, wondering if you should give him words of comfort and try being there for him every step of the way.
Your best option in this scenario is to just be there for him if that is what he wants.
He may not need you to tell him much or even hold him.
He just wants someone he can talk to about it.
Someone he loves and trusts.
He may not need you to tell him much of anything but just wants you to listen.
Your boyfriend may also deal with the loss of his dog in another way.
He becomes distant and closed off, communicating less and even cutting your conversations short.
He stops hanging out or going out on dates with you like he used to.
He cancels a future date that you both had planned.
This can be very confusing for you.
You may look at this behavior as unnecessary and you may get upset.
When you get upset, you further exacerbate the situation as your boyfriend becomes even more emotionally traumatized.
If your boyfriend starts dealing with the grief of losing his dog by cutting back on his daily interaction with you, don’t take it personally.
This is just how he is dealing with it. Guys deal with grief differently than girls do.
They tend to internalize their emotions.
Whereas a girl would verbally express how the incident has affected her, a guy may say nothing or very little.
Instead, he chooses to deal with his grief internally.
This means that he may not communicate as much with you or want to do things with you.
You should let him have this moment.
He would appreciate you for this in the future.
Try not to call him incessantly to find out why he has been avoiding communicating with you.
Leave him be at this time.
He is dealing with his grief in his own way.
This is not a permanent fixture.
Some guys may need a few days to a week to handle this and come to terms with their loss.
You should give your boyfriend this kind of space.
Try not to pressure him to see you at this time.
Try not to make him feel guilty for not paying you any attention at this time.
He will be back to normal once he has had his time to grieve for his dog.
You can start occupying your time by hanging out with your friends or getting involved in activities.
This will help keep you from constantly calling or texting him.
If you were to constantly call or text, you wouldn’t be giving him the space that he needs.
If he chooses to call you from time to time, try not to keep reminding him about the dog’s death.
If he chooses to bring the dog up as a topic of discussion, so be it.
If he doesn’t, just let the conversation go wherever it chooses to.
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