Most of us would agree that we would rather spend time with our dogs over hanging out with friends or family.
Dogs not only make our lives whole, but they keep us sane. Last year, Americans spent more time with their beloved pets due to the global pandemic.
It was the silver lining of 2020. But as people start to return to work and social activities, dogs and their humans are suffering from separation anxiety.
CertaPet, Emotional Support Animal Letter Service in the US, wanted to dive into the issue of separation anxiety and see just how much it was impacting people and their dogs. They conducted a survey of 2,651 dog owners from all 50 states and discovered the states where dog parents feel the most anxious and the states where dogs feel most anxious.
In addition, the survey revealed common behaviors associated with separation anxiety, remedies used to help, and how it impacts dog owners’ relationships and social life.
People were asked to rank how anxious they were when away from their pet and vice versa on a scale of 1 to 5 (where 1 = less anxious and 5 = more anxious).
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The national average anxiety rating for dog owners was 2.9 while the average for dogs came in at 3.9.
Top 5 States Where Dog Parents Are More Anxious
Top 5 States Where Dogs Are More Anxious
The survey revealed 76% of dogs and 47% of dog parents suffer from separation anxiety, meaning dogs across the country are experiencing more anxiety than we are.
With that being said, dog owners only feel comfortable leaving their dog alone for a maximum of 6.7 hours a day and 73% said they would consider getting another dog if it meant their current dog would be less anxious.
A majority (69%) said they would prefer to permanently work from home for the sake of their dog (and themselves).
Common Separation Anxiety Dog Behavior
Excessive howling or barking
Destruction of objects
Chewing on shoes or furniture
Dogs can experience one, two, or many of the above behaviors. But don’t worry, there are ways to curb the nervous behavior.
If your dog suffers from separation anxiety there are numerous ways to help Fido relax while you are away. Everything from training to calming vests to other animal companions seem to work.
Sorry I Can’t, I Have Plans With My Dog
How many times have you either said or thought this?
I don’t know about you, but if my dog is not allowed then I’m not going, and 41% of the surveyed dog parents agree. They admitted to cancelling plans because they could not bring their dog.
39% even went as far as saying their dog is more important than their significant other. So, it may come as no surprise that 70% of Americans would break up with someone who didn’t get along with their dog.
The extra time we spent with our dogs last year has made our bond even stronger and there is nothing we wouldn’t do for them.
Learn more about the survey results here and don’t forget to share with friends and family.
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