Do dogs really miss their owners?
You love your dog and it gets heartbroken when you consider leaving him alone all day while you are outside (or maybe you should go on a trip or a short vacation). Your dog will likely see you packing or getting ready to leave – they seem to know this and you can’t hide the fact that you left.
Dogs are very receptive animals. Not only do they use their diverse and impressive services – sniffing explosives, detecting low blood sugar, detecting cancer, or providing eye vision support – but they also seem to be cognizant of ways humans don’t have. Just as we are sensitive and feel lonely when we miss our favorite people, dogs can feel lonely and longing too.
Find out some common signs you should watch that your dog is missing you when you go.
Signs that your dog is missing you while you are gone
Many of these signs differ according to the dog’s breed, age, and your living conditions. This means that if you have other people in the house, your dog may stick to them until you come back. (Fun fact: Dogs actually use the scent to determine how long you’ve spent and when it’s time to return, so if you keep a regular schedule, your dog will know when to expect you to return.) Keep reading for more common information on things that indicate your dog is missing you.
1- They sit by the door or window
Some dogs love to sit at the window to watch passersby, and they will either enjoy events outside the house or bark and protect the home from the gentry and lands. Your dog may have his own place on the sofa or in the window. However, there is a difference between staring out the window for entertainment and staring out the window waiting for your return.
Our family dog really misses someone special in my family. He sits by the door and waits until late in the evening, not moving, looking gloomy, unless someone convinces him to walk away. Sometimes we have to talk to him to let him know that this person will not be coming home today (if he’s away, etc.). He often sits staring out the window, eyes flashing. Sad to see that. It takes a few hours to get over it. If your dog does this too, he is likely missing you.
2- They sleep or destroy your property
Oftentimes, pets are drawn to our scent and seek it out – this also applies to cats. You may find that your dog sleeps next to your shoes, sleeps on your pillow, sleeps on your robe, or spends time near some of your favorite (or most fragrant) possessions. If this is what your dog is doing then you are lucky to look at the alternative mentioned below.
The most common thing is that dogs become destructive when left alone. This is either a manifestation of separation anxiety or boredom and it can be very harmful. Not only does your dog destroy things in the financially expensive home, but it also puts them at risk especially if they are eating things they shouldn’t be eating (which could lead to surgery).
Destruction of household items can either stem from anxiety or boredom, and their favorite vacation for the day is a common reason dogs experience separation anxiety. There are several ways you can discourage this below-mentioned behavior.
3- They are following you all over the house
If your dog really depends on your presence, he may constantly pursue you at home either before you go somewhere, when you are not going anywhere, and especially when you return. Sometimes, we may think that they are hungry or like to play, but in reality, they probably chase after you only because they love you and you are the leader of the group.
Dogs have become dependent on humans just as humans have become. Companionship is often mutual. Your dog may sit outside the door when you are in the bathroom, watching you get ready to go somewhere or refreshing as you hold car keys.
4- They complain when ready to leave
Another indication of potential separation anxiety is your anxious dog’s moan just before exiting the door. It is not uncommon to see your dog’s anxiety grow when you grab your wallet or gym bag, put on a coat, or hear the sound of your car or your house keys. Dogs are aware and can easily be annoyed with such small clues that they may leave.
5- They ignore you or don’t pay attention to you
It is also not uncommon for dogs to pretend you are not there when preparing to leave. This may be an adaptive mechanism. They might be busy licking their feet (not good!), Nervously chewing on a toy, or doing something else with a little obsessive and distraction. Some dogs are like this. . . It can be either breeding or breeding. Just because your dog isn’t showing the obvious signs above doesn’t mean he’s missing you. They might just get used to your routine and go to bed when they know you are going for the day. While these good manners are impressive, you still mourn your passing.
6- They are afraid when you are not at home
A strong sign that your dog is living for you is how excited he will be upon your return. This can be either from a business day or from a long trip. There are many videos online of dogs who have experienced bouts of hyperactivity when their owners return either from the day or from a long flight. They are very comfortable, so check them out.
Some dogs will jump on you, others will bark and spin, others will run around the house and pull their toys, couch jumps, and other extreme activities. This display of passion can be somewhat fun as long as you have control over it in the following moments.
7- They flee or run away
It is always important to keep your dog safe when you are gone, especially if he is attached to you. Breeds like Huskies and other sporty terriers are known for both running and running. This could mean that they jump over the fence, break through the screen window, get out of their cage, get out of the yard, or off the leash when someone else walks them.
This is very dangerous and often doesn’t end well unless you live in a crowded neighborhood. If you have a walker and paid dogs, make sure they know these traits about your dog and that you provide them with safe, leash housing to use, otherwise you could end up looking for a lost dog.
8- They do not eat while you are away
Food-driven dogs may stop eating or become indifferent to food when they are away. This is especially true if you feed them for free and they usually are in their food (we call these “social eating”).
Dogs, like humans, may lose their appetite due to distraction or depression. You’ll know this is true if their appetite returns once you get back into the picture.
9- They act depressed
Needless to say, if your dog is acting depressed when you go, it probably is. This may need to be recorded on a pet camera, or it may be necessary to inform a family member (or a dog sitter or roommate) of the behavior. Dogs will not hide their emotions and often show them.
Signs of depression may include sleep all day, depression, forgetfulness, whimpering, lethargy, and all things similar to what a person exhibits.
Their personalities change
Personality changes are a real indicator that your dog is missing you. If your dog is bouncy, happy, and loves to play, but when you go he won’t do anything like this, he will miss you. If your dog is very alert and ready to do a few tricks and work in order to get rewards but don’t do any of this when you are gone, he will likely miss you. Some dogs will be distracted by your absence so that no one can get their attention (this often happens when they wait for you on the leash and monitor your return) or if you quickly enter a task (never leave your dog in a hot car!) If this applies to your dog, then it probably is He will eagerly await your return.