The Science Behind Whether Dogs Miss Their Owners or Not.

Do dogs miss their owners when they are gone? - Furiendship blog

For many dog owners, leaving their furry friends behind for a day or more can be a difficult decision.  While many of us believe that our dogs miss us when we're away, there's still some debate on this topic. Scientists have been studying the emotions and behavior of dogs for years, and they have discovered some fascinating insights into the minds of these beloved animals. 


1. The bond between dogs and humans

One of the reasons why the bond between dogs and owners is so special is that dogs are incredibly social animals. They crave attention and affection from their owners, and they often look to us for guidance and protection.

Studies have shown that the bond between dogs and their owners is actually similar to the bond between parents and children. 

The same hormone, Oxytocin, is released in both dogs and humans when they interact with each other, leading to feelings of love, trust, and attachment.

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2. Do dogs have emotions?

Recent studies have suggested that dogs are capable of experiencing a range of emotions, including joy, fear, anger, and sadness, and respond to human emotions by reading facial expressions and body language. 

In a study conducted by the University of London, it was found that dogs would console their owners when they were upset by nuzzling or licking them. 

This shows that dogs are not only capable of experiencing emotions but also of recognizing them in their owners and responding accordingly.

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3. Do dogs experience grief when separated from their owners?

 While dogs may not experience grief in the same way humans do, they are still capable of feeling a range of emotions, including sadness and anxiety.

Dogs can experience separation anxiety when their owners are absent, which can cause them to exhibit behaviors such as whining, barking, destructive chewing, and house soiling. 

These behaviors are believed to be a result of the dog feeling stressed and anxious when they are separated from their owners and left alone.


4. How to tell if your dog is missing you

While it's hard to truly know what your dog is thinking or feeling, there are some signs that can indicate that they are missing you.

One of the most obvious signs is if your dog becomes more anxious or depressed when you're not around.

 They may start to whine, bark, or howl more than usual, or they may even start to chew on things they shouldn't or become destructive around the house. 

Another indicator is if your dog becomes more clingy when you are present.

They may follow you around the house more than usual or constantly seek your attention, hinting as a sign that they're feeling insecure and need reassurance from their owner.

On the other hand, some dogs may not show any signs of missing their owners when they're gone. 

This doesn't mean they don't miss you, as dogs have different personalities and ways of showing affection, just as humans do.

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5. How human behavior affects dog behavior

As social, sentient beings, dogs are deeply influenced by human behavior. They always try to understand our moods, emotions, and gestures.

It's important to note that human behavior can also affect how dogs behave when we're not around. 

For instance, if we make a big deal out of leaving or returning home, our dogs may become anxious or overexcited, respectively. On the other hand, if we act calm and nonchalant, our dogs may be less reactive to our comings and goings.

Leaving dog home alone

6. Ways to help your dog cope when you're away

One of the best ways to help your dog cope with your absence is to create a comfortable space for them. This could be a special bed, crate, or area in your home where they feel safe and secure. 

You may also want to leave some of your used clothing, soft fleece blankets, or a familiar scent in their area to provide them with some comfort while you're away.


Another way to help your dog cope with your absence is to provide them with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation before you leave, such as toys, puzzles, and chews.

This can help them feel more relaxed and tired, making it easier for them to rest during the day. 

If your dog has severe separation anxiety, you may want to consider enlisting the help of a professional dog trainer or behaviorist. 

They can work with you and your dog to create a personalized plan for helping them cope with your absence and reduce their anxiety.


While we may never fully know what our furry friends are thinking, there is evidence to suggest that dogs do experience emotions and can form strong attachments to their owners. It's important to remember to treat our pets with love and care, no matter what their capacity for missing us may be. Show your own love for them by ordering a custom portrait of your dog. 

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