Dogs are beloved members of our families and losing one can be a traumatic experience, especially if the dog is literally lost. A bad situation can become even worse when if you have lost a friend’s or family member’s dog that was entrusted to you. Telling someone that you have lost their dog is not an easy conversation to have. As with the delivery of any bad news, the dog owner will likely and understandably be upset. However, there are steps that you can take in order to make the talk go more smoothly.
First of all, be direct. Beating around the bush will not make the conversation any more easy. Bad news is not made better by pleasantries.
Second, state all the pertinent facts surrounding the loss of the dog. This may help the owner locate the dog.
Finally, offer some help to the owner look for the dog. Even if you do not really want to help the owner look for their dog, offer to do something. It could be construed as rude not too lend a hand. Especially if you are the one who lost the dog.
By following these steps, you may be able to make the dog owner feel better about a bad situation, while taking responsibility for your own actions.