It’s not uncommon for pet owners to leave their animals home alone during the week. While some people take their pets to “doggy day care,” the majority of people let their pets wander the house while they are at work.
What these pets do at home all day has long been a mystery — until now.
Nancy and Alex teamed up with pet experts to find out what their dog Max does while they’re gone. They set up hidden cameras in their home and then sat down to watch how Max behaved during the day.
The footage brought Nancy to tears.
It revealed that Max was experiencing separation anxiety, howling for hours on end. He even grabbed his leash off of the shelf hoping that this would bring them home sooner. After pacing the apartment for quite some time, Max finally laid down by the door, continuing to howl.
After reviewing the footage, the group discussed ways they could help Max feel more relaxed during the day. Dr. Emily Blackwell from University of Bristol suggested certain toys and techniques that help dogs relax and relieve stress. One technique is to leave the home slowly instead of abruptly. This helps the dogs feel more prepared for their time alone.
If you would like to watch more of Max waiting for his mom, check out the video below. It’s a bit long, but it’s because the video also shows more instances of other animals waiting for their owners.
Do you have any techniques for helping your pets cope with separation anxiety?
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