How to Soothe a Dog Missing Their Owner

Many dogs suffer from separation anxiety in unfamiliar situations.
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Dogs, much like their human counterparts, have strong emotional connections to their family. Dogs often feel scared or anxious when separated from their owners, even for just a short time. Soothing a lonely dog isn’t difficult and will distract the dog until his owner returns.

Step 1

Ask the owner to exit quietly when dropping off the dog. Dogs are very sensitive and pick up on a number of voice and body cues, and the more fuss you make over the dog, the more likely she is to be upset.

Step 2

Feed the dog a small amount of her regular dog food. Eating gives the dog a feeling of comfort and distracts her from missing her owner.

Step 3

Take the dog for a long walk. Walking burns off excess energy, and allows the dog to sniff and explore unfamiliar territory. If it’s too cold to take the dog on a walk, a trip to the pet store is an excellent distraction.

Step 4

Give the dog a new toy. Engage in a game of fetch or tug-of-war to keep the dog busy and prevent her from pacing and looking for her owner. Treat-filled toys are particularly helpful in distracting a lonely dog.

Step 5

Present the dog with an article of clothing worn by her owner. Dogs have particularly powerful noses, and worn clothing carries her owner’s scent for a very long time. The dog will relax and be comforted by the familiar smell of her owner.

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