You’re buzzing with excitement as you prepare to embark on your college adventure, a new chapter filled with opportunities to learn, grow, and meet new people.
As you prepare for your college journey, it’s natural to wonder how your furry best friend will cope during your time away.
Will your dog miss you? Will he even notice you’re gone? Or will your dog feel abandoned thinking you’re never coming back?
While these questions and many more swirl in your mind you keep coming back to your main concern: Will my dog think I abandoned him when I go to college?
The quick and easy answer is: Your dog probably won’t think you abandoned him when you go to college. But as with most things involving dogs’ emotions. There are some caveats.
Will My Dog Feel Abandoned While I’m Away At School?
The good news is that while your dog might miss you and won’t understand why you’re gone, he’s less likely to feel abandoned if someone familiar is taking care of him.
Hopefully, he will still be in the same home, cared for by your parents or siblings. If this is the case for your pooch, he’ll have the comfort of his regular routines and surroundings.
It’s important to be sure that whoever is taking over the responsibilities that you had for your dog’s care, whether it’s feeding, walking, or playtime, does so continuously and seamlessly when you transition away to college.
Encourage your younger siblings and/or parents to bond more with your dog and maintain his usual schedule. It can help him feel secure and loved throughout your time away.
Will My Dog Be Sad When I Leave for College?
When you head off to college, it’s natural to worry about how your dog will react to your absence.
How much will he miss you? How sad will he be?
Well, the answer depends on several factors, such as the duration of your relationship, your established routine, and the quality of the bond you share with your furry friend.
For example, if you only recently brought your pup home and he spends most of his time with your mom, he’ll likely miss you a little but quickly adapt to your absence.
On the other hand, if you and your loyal buddy have been inseparable for years and you’re always playing together after school, he’ll probably be quite distressed when you leave.
In cases like these, your dog may even suffer from separation anxiety.
As for the quality of your relationship, it’s quite simple – the better your bond, the more your dog will feel your absence.
Will My Dog Remember Me When I Come Home From College?
You don’t need to worry about your good boy forgetting about you while you’re away at college.
Dogs have an excellent memory and ability to recognize their people, even after long periods of separation.
It might take your dog a second to realize who you are (after all, it’s not like anyone told him you’re coming home!) but he’ll instantly remember who you are and shower you with love and affection.
Will My Dog Still Love Me When I Come Home From College?
It’s entirely possible that your dog may take a little while to warm up to you once you return.
This behavior shouldn’t be seen as a sign that he’s angry with you, but rather that he’s just making sure you’re sticking around.
In most cases, though, expect to receive the warmest and most enthusiastic greeting your dog has ever given you.
Think back to those heartwarming videos of service members returning home after a long deployment – their dogs are ecstatic to see them again, even after a year or more apart.
What Should I Do With My Dog When I’m Home for Short Stays?
When you return home from college for short visits, it’s important to cherish the time you have with your four-legged friend.
Try to spend quality time with your dog each day, even if it’s just for a short while.
Show him that he still holds a special place in your heart by taking him on walks, playing fetch in the park, or engaging in other fun activities you both enjoy.
If you had a routine you used to follow, try to stick to it as much as possible during your stay.
This will reassure your dog that your bond is still strong and that you haven’t forgotten about him.
If Your Dog Understood, He’d Want You to Go to College
If we could better communicate with our dogs and explain our life choices to them, they would undoubtedly want the best for their beloved human companions.
When it comes to pursuing higher education, remember that your dog would be proud of you and support your decision to go to college.
Although it’s challenging to be apart from your canine companion, remind yourself that you’re working hard towards a bright future, not just for yourself, but for the well-being of your entire family, including your dog.
By pursuing your dreams and aspirations, you’re ensuring a better life in the long run.
Remember your dog loves you, and he wants what is best for you. Even if he doesn’t quite get it.
Final Thoughts: Do Dogs Think They’re Abandoned When Their People Go To College?
It’s clear that dogs do experience a variety of emotions when their human companions leave for college, but abandonment is not usually one of them.
Dogs are likely to greatly miss their owners particularly if the dog is used to being around the soon-to-be-departed student a lot.
If the dog is cared for by familiar people and routines are maintained, feelings of abandonment and sadness can be mitigated.
The extent to which a dog may be ‘heartbroken’ varies greatly depending on factors such as the length and quality of the relationship with their owner.
Dogs with a more established bond are likely to miss their owners more, and in some cases, may experience separation anxiety.
Dogs have an impressive memory and the ability to recognize their people, even after long periods apart. A dog’s initial response to his owner’s return may seem uncertain, but this is typically more about reassurance rather than resentment.
Most dogs will quickly warm up and display an enthusiastic greeting.
When home for short stays, maintaining the bond with your dog through quality time and familiar routines is beneficial for the dog.
Ultimately, if dogs were able to comprehend the situation, they would want their human friends to pursue opportunities such as college for a better future.
Despite the temporary separation, dogs remain resilient, and loyal, and will continue to love their owners unconditionally.