As part of the Country Living Loneliness Campaign 2020, we are looking at how to overcome loneliness in the countryside. Here, we explore loneliness in dogs and what signs owners should look out for.

We all want our dogs to live full, happy lives, but sometimes our jam-packed schedules and busy routines can sadly result in our pups feeling lonely and isolated.

Dogs’ personalities are as individual as humans’, so their reasons for feeling lonely may vary depending on their different circumstances. While it’s not always easy to identify just how our pups are feeling, some of the tell-tale signs your dog may be lonely include…

  1. Your dog following you around the house
    If your pup is feeling lonely you may notice they follow you around in order to get the companionship they crave.
  2. They aren’t as playful as they once were
    Something else you might notice is that your pet isn’t wanting to play as much as usual. Sometimes, due to inconsistent companionship, they may lack the social skills they once had – and withdraw themselves from wanting to play. Dogs are incredibly social animals, so if they pull back from group activities it could be a sign of loneliness.

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