What it is like for dogs when they are home alone?
In today’s busy world, we usually leave our dogs home alone during the day. We are always busy, although technology has developed tremendously in the past years, our working hours do not seem to be reduced, and most dog owners have to spend more time outside their home. Except your job allows you to take your pooch to the office, your dog is probably going to be spending a lot of time on his own at home. For dogs, this can be very difficult as loneliness can lead to some significant behavioral problems.
Pooches are social creatures, and they enjoy spending time with their owners. To dogs, their owners represent their pack. Some dogs will become anxious and nervous when left alone. Sometimes they will bark excessively. On other occasions, the dog may pant heavily or drool too. Some may even try to escape from their confinement.
I once watched a television programmed in a local station where a couple was keeping their dog at home alone in one room throughout the day. What she said always stuck with me. She was asked, "If you are a child, kept in a room alone all day with no one for the company, how you will feel?" The lady answered that she would go insane. To which her interrogator asks what she was you thinking when locking her pup alone, that anybody who has stuck alone in a house with nothing to do and nobody to see is going to go insane.
Those few minutes watching that programmed really affect my relationship with my dog, Max. This, of course, is partly why it is difficult to leave Max alone for a while. Whether I’m going out for a day or just popping off to the toilet, Max will look at me like I'm leaving forever. His eyes will widen, he will start whimpering, and this will always remind me of the programmed and how my absence affects him.
He always behaved dejectedly whenever I’m about to leave home. It is still difficult to say goodbye to Max, whether I’m off for the day or I leave him with a sitter for a holiday. I always worry about those furry little faces while I’m gone. I know Max still feels my absent, and I don’t doubt his deep love for me. He watches the door for my return, he is very excited when I’m home, always smile when he sees me and lean on me as soon as I get through the door. Even his walker said Max reacts the same way when she comes to visit.
I could be gone from my apartment for hours or a few days, and either way I’m greeted with the similar response: happy tail and butt wagging meet a flurry of my puppy kisses. He’s so excited to see me each and every time. The more he does this, the more and more I fall in love with Max.