This Is How Sad Your Dog Is When You Leave
You heartless bastard.
Though your tail-wagging chum might seem like an easy breezy guy, it turns out your trusty canine is actually devastated when you trot out the door for work.
Experts from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have revealed that dogs pick up on the signs that you're leaving (walking toward the door or picking up your keys) and start to get stressed. Whilst you probably assume they forget about you once the door is shut, some dogs say stressed until they see you return. :(
The Canine Behaviourist and Welfare Team told IFLScience: 'When stress levels increase – a dog's heart rate, respiratory functions, and levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol – are also likely to rise.'
The CBWT says: 'The first 30 minutes after being left alone is usually the most stressful time for the majority of dogs. However, for some individuals, this elevated level of stress can last for the whole time that they are left.'
Some dogs deal with the stress by salivating, pacing, barking howling or even urinating on the floor to relieve the stress.
The CBWT recommends that you teach your dog that being left alone is safe from an early age. 'All individuals are able to learn during the critical socialisation period as a puppy, around 3-14 weeks old, that being left alone is okay,' they say.
'This is possible by gradually, and positively, building up the time they are left alone so that each time it's longer and longer.'
Or never let them go again if you're welling up reading this.
From: Esquire UK