If you have a dog, you’ve probably experienced the unique happiness of getting home after being out all day — or maybe you just went out for 10 minutes to buy something — and your dog greets you like he hasn’t seen you in months. Well, this puppy missed his owner so much that he decided to show it in a strange way…
This dog misses his owner… and everyone knows it
When you go shopping at a mall you don’t expect to find a situation like the one we’re going to tell you about. People in a parking lot of a market in the Russian city of Briansk were shocked to hear honking coming from one of the parked vehicles.
They didn’t understand what was happening, so they approached the car. And what they saw really caught their attention. There was a dog honking!
Not only that, but he was also howling and crying inconsolably. He didn’t know what else to do to get his master back and go home. This puppy missed him so much that he felt the best way to show it was by making noise.
Why do dogs miss their owners?
Our pets’ behavior teaches us things about their feelings and thoughts. Several studies have shown that dogs miss their masters when they leave, even if it’s a daily habit (like going to work, for example).
When we’re not with them, they feel abandoned, even when we haven’t left them! They don’t know that you’ll be back in a few hours until you open the door and walk through it.
Dogs feel abandoned by their owners and they show it. During their owner’s absence, the dog may be depressed, anxious and stressed. That’s why it’s common for them to bark, howl, cry, or get into mischief.
No matter if we tell them to behave in our absence, or whether we tell him we’ll be right back (or that we’re going to work, or going shopping, or that when we come back we’ll bring a treat)… they can’t understand. They only feel like we abandoned them and will never be back again.
Dogs are very social beings and like to live in groups (and we are part of that group, as the leaders). This is one of the reasons they have a hard time when we leave. If it were up to canines… they would always be by our side!
Separation anxiety: It affects some breeds more than others
Different breeds of dogs react differently to their owner leaving. Some even suffer from what is called “separation anxiety.” It makes them feel devastated when their human is absent.
Breeds that are genetically more likely to get separation anxiety are:
- Mixed breeds
- German Shepherd
- Labrador Retriever
- Cocker Spaniel
- Basset Hound
- Bichon Frise
- Lhasa Apso
- Continental Toy Spaniel
- Mountain Oberland
- Alaskan Malamute
- English Toy Spaniel
- Japanese Chin
- Australian Shepherd
- Border Collie
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Included in this list are herding breeds as well as hunters, snow dogs, and small dogs… Why do these dogs miss us more than the others? Because of their nature — they prefer to live in herds and not alone.
For mixed breed dogs (the first in the list), their behavior may be due to their past living on the street or in a shelter. Once they bond with a human family, they get so attached that they can’t handle separation or abandonment. The feeling of loneliness is worse in these dogs because of their past and they may never get used to it completely when you leave.
One tip before we go: veterinarians advise that a good way to reduce a dog’s stress levels when we leave the house is to take them for a walk before leaving.
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