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Figures Show Owners Feel Guilt for Leaving Pets Alone

03 November 2014
RSPCA

UK - Pet owners who don’t want to leave their animals home alone miss out on luxuries such as holidays abroad and meals out, RSPCA research has revealed.

A survey has shown that of the people who took part:

  • More than 51 per cent don’t go on foreign holidays.
  • 29 per cent miss out on time with family and friends because they don’t want their pets to be lonely.
  • 29 per cent said they don’t devote as much time as they would like to hobbies and leisure activities.
  • 25 per cent didn’t go out for meals.
  • Nearly 24 per cent said they had turned down opportunities for better paid jobs because of the impact a longer commute would have on the time they were away from their pets.

Preventing separation-related behaviour

Separation-related behaviour problems in dogs are categorised as unwanted behaviour that only occurs when the dog is separated from his/her owner. There are various signs that your dog is displaying separation-related behaviour, but some of the most common are:

  • destructive behaviour
  • various types of vocalisation
  • inappropriate elimination (toileting)

If your dog is showing these signs, you need to seek advice from your vet who should refer you to a clinical animal behaviourist.

It is possible to prevent separation-related behaviours from happening. One of the most effective ways of preventing dogs from becoming anxious when they’re left alone is to teach them that being alone is fun!

Download the RSPCA's leaflet 'Learning to be left alone' here.

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