We humans have an "emotional cup". When we get exhausted, we can express our needs and address them accordingly. The same does not apply for our pets, and a little extra help is needed from us.
What causes an empty emotional cup?
An empty emotional cup doesn’t happen overnight. It is often the result of long-term actions. These can include unclear training, poor nutrition and unpredictable actions from humans. It’s worth noting that one of the biggest causes of an empty emotional cup for your beloved pet is under-stimulation, in other words - boredom!
We leave our dogs at home alone when we go to work. Some turn to destructive behaviours to demonstrate their unhappiness. Others may show symptoms that are not easily recognizable.
Does my god have an empty cup?
Your dog may show the following symptoms, if they are struggling with an empty emotional cup: - Changes in appetite - Mood swings and changes in behavior: over-protectiveness, over-reacting to sudden changes - Hoarding
Restoring an empty cup
Thankfully, an empty cup can be refilled. Love, attention and food will all help your furry family member return to their happy self. Irregular routines for curious dogs. Regular routines for anxious dogs. This includes walking times, feeding times, play times, leaving or coming home times. All our pets have their own comfort zone, just like us humans.
If you need help, the HRI team is happy to advise and support you. We truly want the best for you and your pet.