To learn which dogs are the most at risk of solitary confinement in the home, I spoke with psychologist Michael L. McQuaid at Indiana University.
McQuaid is an expert in animal behavior, and one of the best minds on the subject. He is a dog behaviorist, and is considered an authority on the subject of house-crate studies in veterinary medicine.
“It’s the dog community with the widest knowledge of what people think they know about dogs,” he told me.
He found it interesting that, of the breeds with the lowest risk of isolation—such as border collies, labradors, and Scottish terriers—many of the most likely to perform very well in captivity are the breeds with the widest experience of isolation.
As McQuaid explained, “The less experienced the individual in isolation, the higher the frequency of the behaviors.”
So, while having dogs with strong bondings or the ability to learn from the human in isolation may be good for the individual, it definitely can result in unhealthy and often abusive relationships.
“One of the main reasons that so many dogs go missing is loneliness,” McQuaid told me. “It’s the same reason why so many cats go missing; these are lonely dogs with a bunch of other dogs that they want to have a relationship with so badly, they have to give up.”
In fact, he told me that a small percentage of the dogs the animal rescue community finds are simply “lonely animals that never met their owner”.
To help you become aware of whether or not your dog is lonely, here are some tips:
1. Understand where your dog lives:
“In the United States, dogs usually live in apartments and condos with people,” McQuaid said. “However, the problem is that most of them are on a leash all day and are not socialized to humans. Therefore they do not know how to get to the door or any other door to get that treat or food that they want.”
He told me that dogs in cities have far fewer socialize opportunities to get to the door, and are often isolated in houses. “It’s a different situation and there is no one-on-one interaction with their human,” he said. “As a rule, if a dog has a dog sitting in the street, the dog doesn’t have a way to get out because he has no other way to get to the door and nobody will
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