Dogs: Their Secret LivesPosted: October 15, 2013
Last night, Mummy, Daddy and I watched a documentary called Dogs: Their Secret Lives, did any of you see it too?
If you’re in the UK and have access to the catch up service, its worth a watch. You can find out more about it here. Though you may need a tissue as some of it tugged at the heartstrings. It was a study of how dogs behave when left alone and to do this they rigged up cameras in the homes of 40 dog owners and monitored the results. The majority of dogs studied showed some form of stress, whether by pacing or howling. A few of the more severe cases were highlighted and a behaviourist suggested ways to help calm the dogs when left alone.
This show touched a sore spot for us: I’m left alone every morning until daddy gets in from work at lunchtime. In the past our neighbours have mentioned that I howl but when asked for more details they couldn’t give any, instead they said they turn the TV on which drowns me out. There are several other dogs closeby and we often hear them howling and barking, so there is a chance the neighbour is assuming the noise is from me when it’s not. On occasions when mummy’s trainline has been suspended and she’s been unable to get into work, she’s been back home within the hour and has listened outside the frontdoor to see if she can catch me at it, but hasn’t heard anything. I guess the only way for them to be sure is to set up a camera in our house. But I’m not sure I want them to know all my secrets!
One of the things that was pointed out in the show was that often dogs don’t eat when their owners are out, but by the time daddy gets in I’ve always finished my kong so mummy and daddy took that as a good sign. Though this morning mummy said she felt almost as guilty for leaving me as she did on that very first day she had to leave me when I was a pup.
Are you often left alone? And if so, how do you cope?
Just a quick reminder that the deadline for your ball photos is the 20th. We’ve had some fab entries so far and can’t wait for the big day!
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