These are the signs that your dog misses you when you are gone.
- Some dogs cry when their owner is gone.
- Other dogs will stare at the dog and wait until you are back
- Sounds sad to see you go
- Dogs may whine a bit when their people leave to express their discontent to see you go.
Your dog will make a real deal of you returning home, you can tell they missed you by how they behave.
- Some will lean on your leg
- Others will whiz around on the house in glee
A study published in Psychology Today revealed that dogs miss us when you go away for a long period. The study, which compiled fMRI data on different dogs, found that canines have some grasp of time. According to the research, dogs will start missing their owner immediately they leave and keep missing them for up to 2 hours.
Always leave your dog with someone familiar. The person will not replace you but will make your dog’s life a lot easier when you are gone.
Consider hiring a pet sitter. After a few visits, the dog will recognize the pet sitter as a friend.
In 2011, Therese Rehn and Linda Keeling reported the effect of time left alone on dog behavior. They found that after 2 hours, dogs greeted their owners with more intensity than after 30 minutes of being left alone. However, there was no difference between 2 and 4 hours. This suggests that dogs can tell the difference between 30 minutes and 2 hours, but beyond that it is unclear.