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In a divorce, who gets the dog?

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 at 7:22 am in dogs, Pets & divorce.

The end of a relationship is always challenging, but for couples who share a dog it can be even more difficult.

The first book to offer expert advice, tips, case studies, worksheets and even some humor on this subject, “We Can’t Stay Together for the Dogs: Doing What’s best for Your Dog When Your Relationship Breaks Up,” by Jennifer Keene (T.F.H. Publications), hits the bookstores this month.

Some fast facts:

** The number of pet custody cases heard by courts is on the rise this decade and about 90 percent of reported cases are demanding custody of their dogs (5 percent cats).

** By law, in most states, dogs are considered property — like furniture.

** More than 74 million dogs are part of U.S. households.

** 40 percent of those households have two or more dogs in residence.

** An estimated 1 million dogs are named beneficiaries in their owners’ wills.

** 42 percent of dogs now sleep in the same bed as their pet parents — up from 34 percent in 1998.

** Half of all dog owners say they consider their pet’s comfort when buying a car; almost a third buy gifts for their dogs’ birthdays.

Keeping the dog’s best interests in mind, this user-friendly guide features step-by-step advice on key topics such as various custody arrangements; how-to decision making; what to do when multiple dogs are involved; preparing and budgeting household changes; plus training tips to help identify and deal with pet problem behaviors (like separation anxiety or re-house training).

If any of this applies to your own situation, you might find this book to be very helpful.

No sense in reinventing the wheel. /Gary

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2 Responses to “In a divorce, who gets the dog?”

  1. Oh No I Need Help!!! - Page 2 - - For The Crazy Dog People! Says:

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  2. Petra Ravoski Says:

    My ex-husband and I divorced in 2009 and I went through this. It was so hard but in the end I let him have Snarky. I think it’s like most things in the end, though… it worked out for the best. The apartment I live in doesn’t allow dogs. I’m ready for a cat! Nice post though I wish I’d seen it last year.


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