I love my dog to a degree that is probably unhealthy and definitely obsessive. She's my companion, my lap warmer, and my biggest source of entertainment. I work from home, so most days we just hang out together, living our best lives, not wearing any pants, but sometimes I am forced outside, away from my pooch. It's not easy on either of us, but I try to make it as painless as possible. In my desire to ease the transition, I've learned how to let my dog know I'm coming back when I say goodbye.
Separation anxiety for dogs is a real thing. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals (ASPCA) noted that it can cause the dog to act erratically, become destructive, or even exhibit self-harming behaviors. They become anxious or depressed, and it becomes a problem. Saying goodbye to your dog can be fraught if your puppy has separation anxiety. It's crucial that owners are able to communicate with your dogs that you are coming back, and that it's not going to be forever. It seems an impossible task when you consider that a dog's memory seems as though it's about as long as a toddler's, but it is possible.