Dogs are very emotional fur people and they are very attached to their home and their people. They will begin to show classic signs of anxiety and depression when outside their home, with no sign of their family.
What Are the Signs Your Dog is Homesick?
But wait, those people are s-s-strangers! Where is my mom? Where is my house? Where is my dog bed? This isn't right!
Your dog will be stressed and anxious if they are staying somewhere new for the first time. A dog can show signs they are homesick by cowering, not eating, not going to the restroom, sighing, whining and not wanting to play. This may go on for a few days. Yes - it is sad, but your dog will be fine when they calm down in their own time.
- Ears drop
- Loss of Appetite
- Won't play
- Won't go to the restroom
The History of Dogs and Homesickness
Dogs that are lost or away from their home or people, will exhibit signs of depression. It is their pack mentality. The humans who care for and feed them are the dog's pack. When the pack is not together or the dog is outside of his/her familiar territory, anxiety and homesickness will soon follow.
The Science Behind Homesick Dogs
When the dog is away from his pack or family, he displays signs of depression, anxiety and sadness. We are so similar to our canine friends that therapy dogs are often used to help college freshman, children in hospitals or people away from home to not be homesick. Those of us who love a dog or have ever loved a dog don't need science to tell us their capacity to liven ove us as their people is endless.
Training Your Pup to Cope with Homesickness
Sometimes it is inevitable that you must leave your dog with family, friends or at a kennel when you travel. Here are some ways to help them through it.
It may seem silly, but don't make a big production over dropping off your pup; only tell them to be good and that you will see them soon. Stay calm and hold the drama. The longer you draw out the farewell, the more anxious your dog will become when you go.
Also, be sure to bring some of your dog's personal "stuff" with you so they will feel more at home - we mean their bed, favorite toys, treats, and anything your pup loves. If you dog is staying at a doggy hotel, many of them have a feature where you can check-in on your pooch over the internet and tell them hi through a microphone.
If your dog is staying with a friend or relative, it's a good idea to call them and check in just to let them hear your voice. Another way you can soothe your baby's anxiety is to tuck a piece of your worn clothing in his bed - he will smell mom or dad and instantly be more at ease.
How to react when a dog is exhibiting signs of home sickness:
Sit quietly near the dog until they feel comfortable enough to come to you.
Speak in quiet, loving tones to the dog.
When the dog comes near you, hold out your hand for them to sniff and get your scent.
Get something from their home that smells like their person and put it in their bed. Make sure you get the dog's bed and favorite toys from their house to make them feel more at ease.
Tell Us About Your Homesick Pooch!
He does feel warm and he doesn't cough or sneeze