Dogs are high-energy, hyperactive, affectionate, and playful animals. They love being social, bonding, and being close to humans and other animals, and have enough energy to run 100 mph (figuratively) without tiring out.
As hard as it is to keep up with that energy, it’s also highly contagious and infectious, and as a pet owner, you probably can’t even count the number of times looking at your dog was enough to cheer you up.
But if you’re concerned that your furry friend seems sad, depressed, or lonely, look out for the following signs and indicators:
1. They seem more needy and clingy.
We know dogs are affectionate and needy, but if your dog seems to need attention constantly, following you around whenever you’re home, reacting when you’re stepping out, and becomes your shadow, they might just be feeling lonely. They’re seeking attention from you because they feel the lack of it, perhaps while you’re at work, or have been traveling, or you’re unable to make as much time as before.
2. They’re more aggressive and destructive.
Is your sweet, well-behaved little pup suddenly barking up the walls, growling, aggressive, hyper, and more destructive? Have they been chewing couches, cushions, clothes, and shoes, which they would otherwise know to be off-limits? When your dog is displaying unusual aggression and aggravation, they could just be doing so because they feel lonely, anxious, and afraid. Unless there’s a specific cause, such as a major transition that you can pinpoint, they could be acting out in order to get your attention—or from boredom.
3. They are less playful and more lethargic.
If your dog’s been sleeping more than average, not playing or interacting as much, or responding to your calls, they could be depressed and lonely. You’d be surprised at how deeply dogs feel the lack of interaction and stimulation, which is why socialization and play are crucial to their long-term wellbeing and health.
Getting outdoors, meeting and playing with other dogs, training daily, and getting a healthy dose of affection can do wonders for your dog’s health, which is what they get at our dog daycare and dog boarding near Palm Desert, CA.
4. They’re not eating or drinking as much as before
A loss of appetite is a serious health indicator, signaling something is wrong, but if there’s no serious illness, dental cause or reason for them to be stressed and anxious, you can attribute it to loneliness. Change up their routine and monitor their eating habits as they begin to socialize and interact more, and if the problem persists, consult your vet.
It’s hard taking care of your dog while managing all your other responsibilities. But that doesn’t mean your dog needs to be alone all day long. Get in touch with us and have your dog join our puppy daycare center in Indio, CA and take advantage of our services of pet care near Palm Desert today.