What small changes can dog owners make to ensure they are supporting their relationship with their dog?
The most important thing to bear in mind is that most dogs, like small children, are emotionally dependent on their owners. Many, therefore, hate to be left alone – they have little sense of time, and seem unable to reassure themselves with the idea that the separation will end eventually. Unless you can keep your dog with you 24/7, training your dog how to cope when it’s on its own is one of the kindest things you will ever do for it. (See page 175: “Home Alone: Can Dogs Be Trained to Cope?”