This weekend I went out of town to run a race in northern New Mexico. The race was amazing and I got the opportunity to catch up with a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile. But there was a damper on the trip – I missed my dogs, who stayed back home with a friend.
When I walked out the door and left them, they both tried to follow me. I felt like I’d committed a betrayal and wondered if they’d be OK. Throughout my day away, I was worried they would somehow escape from my friend’s yard or pace around looking for me (word is they were actually fine besides someone chewing a dog bed).
Now, normally when you Google “dogs” and “separation anxiety,” the articles talk about how to help our four-legged friends get through missing us when we’re away. But it goes both ways.
anxiety provoked in a
young child pet parent by separation or the threat of separation from their mother dog.
Here are some things I do that help just a little:
- Look at photos of my dogs on my cell phone/Facebook
- Tell a funny story about my dogs to another person
- Watch a recent video of my dogs
- Request a picture of my dogs and/or updates from the dog sitter
- Think about how awesome it’s going to be when I return and they greet me, tails wagging
Do you get separation anxiety when you’re away from your pups? Comment below with ways you get through it.
Different perspective on the topic. Thanks
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