We all want our dogs to enjoy long, happy lives, snacking on yummy soft dog treats, yet our hectic schedules and routines can leave our dogs feeling lonely and isolated. Dogs' personalities are as unique as humans', so the reasons why your dog is sad or lonely may vary based on their surroundings.
While it's not always easy to know how our dogs are feeling, here are some symptoms of loneliness in dogs.
Showcases Destructive Behavior
If you return home from a long day away from your dog and notice that a strewn-up house is waiting for your arrival, understand that your dog is sad and is missing you terribly. Destructive behavior includes chewing up shoes and clothing, scattering trash, and bathroom mishaps. They do this to pique your interest. Your dog may also scream out for attention by excessive barking or wailing.
Sleeps More Often
Dogs in general, require 12 hours of sleep a day to maintain a happy life. Just like humans, dogs also pass their lonely or sad times by sleeping for long hours during the day in order to distract their minds. This dozing during the day can lead to agitation in the evenings or disrupted sleep at night. Your dog sleeping in unusual spots also reveals that he is sad.
Changes in Appetite
Dogs love to chew treats, but if you notice even a slight change in their appetite, it is recommended that you consult the vet and rule out any possible chance of health problems. This lack of appetite can be due to the fact that your pooch misses you.
This can lead to a major drop in your pet’s energy levels and eventually lead to health issues. Read this blog to understand what to do if your dog won't eat.
Take note if your dog suddenly loses interest in playing, going for walks, or other activities that she would ordinarily like. Loneliness can cause dogs to become less energetic, slow down, or appear to lose purpose.
Not all indicators of loneliness in pets are behavioral. A lonely dog may begin to lick or bite at its own fur, resulting in hair loss or injury. Lick granulomas are a typical symptom of boredom or nervousness in dogs. They appear as little circular lesions on the dog's carpus or wrist. Many lick granulomas start small but can grow into large skin sores that necessitate medical attention and possibly surgery. If you notice symptoms of lick granulomas, the best thing you can do is take your dog to the vet and determine what is causing their compulsive licking.
What To Do To Combat Dog Loneliness?
Togetherness, of course, is the most effective antidote to loneliness. However, if you are unable to be physically present with them, some of the ways you can assist a lonely dog are:
- Start training them young by getting them used to new environments and separation. Positively reinforce good behavior by rewarding them with Crunch Banana Treats.
- Make them aware of the consequences of bad behavior.
- Take them with you for walks or meetups with friends and include them in your daily routine.
- Set up a pet camera at home and watch all his actions while you’re away. Also, make an effort to communicate with him.
- Play some really good music or let them watch television for some alone time.
- Have a trusted friend or dog sitter come over and watch your dog.
- Make sure your dog has access to plenty of toys to play with while waiting for your arrival.
If your dog has the proper attitude and you're in the correct financial condition, adding another pup to your pack could be a terrific solution to alleviate your dog's loneliness. Remember that managing a lonely dog isn't tough, but it does require effort.
Take the time to care for and dote on your mate, and you will see a changed and happy dog in no time!