Do You Have A Whiny Dog Who Sings The Blues When He Is Lonely?

We have a beagle/basset mix who has always been a super happy go lucky fellow, enjoys life, is very well behaved, prefers to live outside in an indoor outdoor pen, and generally is pretty quiet unless someone comes around. Since we got back from vacation though, he has been HOWLING the blues several hours a day. The doggie day care/kennel he stayed at had lots of other dogs, and he seems like he is lonely and misses them. If we are out in the yard with him, he is his funny, silly old self. He sounds so sad when we aren’t though. From basic dog training, we know not to coddle him when he is misbehaving, but when he isn’t crying, I go out and spend time with him every day. At least an hour, sometimes longer. Should we get him a playmate? We have a house dog and they don’t get along at all. The westie is a total brat and always pushing him around. Broo (the beagle) was at one time a playmate to another of our older dogs who passed away, so could it just be lonliness?

3 thoughts on “Do You Have A Whiny Dog Who Sings The Blues When He Is Lonely?”

  1. You are correct, he misses his packmates from the doggie day care/kennel…
    Your dog has separation anxiety…
    What Won’t Help a Separation Anxiety Problem.
    Punishing your dog. Punishment is not an effective way to treat separation anxiety. In fact, punishing your dog after you return home may actually increase his separation anxiety.
    Getting another pet as a companion for your dog. This usually doesn’t help an anxious dog because his anxiety is the result of his separation from you, his person, not merely the result of being alone. Crating your dog. Your dog will still engage in anxiety responses in the crate. He may urinate, defecate, howl, or even injure himself in an attempt to escape from the crate. Leaving the radio on (unless the radio is used as a “safety cue,” as described above).
    Training your dog. While formal training is always a good idea, it won’t directly help a separation anxiety problem. Separation anxiety is not the result of disobedience or lack of training; it’s a panic response.
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  2. He,s just singing I have a lab that does the same when I listen to a blues cd or on the radio it all depends what song is on

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