Yes, dogs do miss their owners.
Dogs are our faithful, adoring friends. Because of that many dog owners feel guilty at leaving their dog behind when they go on holiday.
So, the question is: Do dogs really miss us when we are gone for some time?
Some dogs are so overly bonded to their owners that they fret when left alone; pacing, barking, trying to escape, inappropriate toileting and destructiveness are all common symptoms of separation anxiety. Anxious dogs often react within minutes of the owners leaving home, sometimes even before their owners have departed; These distressed canines miss us very much.
Some dogs are more chilled out at home, and simply snooze the time alone away or perhaps chew their toys; most of these relaxed pooches love to welcome us home again, after a departure. Dogs greet us with similar behaviors, no matter how much of the day we have been gone; this involves lots of tail wagging and physical interactions with their owners.
Do dogs really understand what it means to miss someone?
Science has proven that dogs remember things the clearest when there are strong emotional ties to the memories. The average dog has approximately the same emotional competency of a 3-year-old child; they can feel basic emotions, like happiness, love and anger; dogs can even be surprised and scared.
Then it is possible that dogs really do understand what it is like to miss someone when they are gone; they probably don’t understand the full extent of the absence. Dogs use the smell, sights, sounds, and other sensations that are provided by humans to distinguish one person from another. Evidence shows that they will remember you for a very long time; the bond between the owner and the dog leaves a lasting impression in their memory.
Your dog is thinking about you while you are gone just as much as you think about her or him.