In my experience, the short answer: YES!
Your dog will definitely remember you.
As I mentioned earlier after raising a puppy for 12-18 months, puppy raisers have to return their puppies to school for formal training.
Puppy raisers may not see their puppies again for 6-12 months, sometimes even longer.
Will my dog remember me after a year?
Dogs have great memories and can remember a person from years ago, even if they have only met once. We have found that dog guests who have holidayed with us in the past, remember us even if they have not come to stay for a year or so. Do you think my dog will miss me? The answer to this is yes and no.
Do dogs feel abandoned when you go on vacation?
So when I do take a vacation, it is always twinged with a bit of guilt for leaving the dogs behind. But do dogs really care? Now two years into a project to train dogs to go into an MRI — fully awake — so that we can better understand how their brains work, I believe the answer is: Yes, dogs miss us when we’re gone.
Do dogs miss their owners?
Another study looked at how dogs behaved with people of varying levels of familiarity – their owner, a stranger and a familiar human – and found that dogs clearly miss their owners more than anyone else, and will wait behind the door they left through in anticipation of their return.
How do you know if your dog misses you?
Signs That Your Dog Misses You
- Your dog stares at or sits by the door after you leave. Does your dog lie down at the front door until you reach home?
- Your dog is super excited when you reach home.
- Your dog follows you around the house.
- Your dog engages in destructive behaviours while you’re away.