Any dog owner knows that leaving your dog at home is difficult for both you and your pup – even if it’s just a short while. The longer the time apart, the harder it becomes. That is why when you see soldiers coming back from deployment, the reunions are always so emotional.
When Nancy was overseas on a deployment to Norway, she missed her sweet boy Oshie badly. And the feeling was mutual – Oshie missed her a lot as well.
In fact, according to Stanley Coren from Psychology Today, dogs have the emotional intelligence of a two-year-old child, meaning that they really miss their owners when they’re gone. How many of us remember being two-years-old and unable to fathom being away from our parents?
As Coren wrote, “In recent times, science has progressed a long way […] and we now understand that dogs have all of the same brain structures that produce emotions in humans. Dogs also have the same hormones and undergo the same chemical changes that humans do during emotional states. […] With the same neurology and chemistry that people have, it seems reasonable to suggest that dogs also have emotions that are similar to ours.”
With that being said, we can completely understand the reason behind dogs feeling so morose when they’re left on their own – even if it is to just a few hours for us to run errands or go to work.
So, knowing just how much a dog’s owner means to them, it makes it that much more emotional to watch their reactions to their owners coming home from long stints abroad.