While “loneliness” is a common human emotion, it might not exactly translate for dogs distressed by their owner’s absence, explains Shelby Semel, senior trainer and founder of Shelby Semel Dog Training.
“I believe dogs are more likely to be bored, anxious or stressed than ‘lonely,’” Semel tells The Dodo. “They may bark, whine, pace, howl, try to escape and/or sleep by the front door waiting for your return.”
Pet owners should keep an eye out for these behaviors, but try not to become too much of a helicopter parent for their furbaby. “If your dog looks relaxed, takes a nap while you're away and is not entertaining themselves by playing with toys or is eating, that is not a reason for concern,” Semel says. “The behavior is not categorized as being lonely or unhappy, but is most likely a sign of resting!”