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12 October 2010

Pessimistic dogs have separation anxiety

If you want to leave your dog home alone without having to worry about chewed furniture or never-ending barking, you'd better hope your dog knows how to look at the sunny side of life.

If you want to leave your dog home alone without having to worry about chewed furniture or never-ending barking, you'd better hope your dog knows how to look at the sunny side of life.

To test dogs' propensity for separation anxiety-related behaviours, researchers played with each of 24 dogs recently sent to shelters in a room for 20 minutes. The next day, they took each dog back to the room, then left the animal alone.

 
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