The bond between a man – or woman – and his dog is a strong one. And just like humans our furry friends can’t help but feel sad when they’re parted from their best friends for any length of time.

In fact, research carried out for the Channel Four’s Dogs: Their Secret Lives found that 85 per cent of the dogs studied showed signs of not coping when left alone.

sad pictures of dogs waiting for their owners

Dr Samantha Gaines, RSPCA dog welfare expert, says:

“Separation related behaviour and anxiety has the potential to be a significant welfare problem.

“It is a hidden issue as, by its very nature, it only happens when the owner is absent.

“And unless the dogs is filmed when left alone, it can be difficult to know if your dog is struggling.”

While the most serious problems occur when dogs are left home alone for significant periods of time, according to animal charity Blue Cross “the first 15 minutes are the worst” when it comes to dog separation anxiety. During this time they argue that our four-legged pals “becomes extremely upset”.

Irishman Andy is one blogger who has seemingly captured this in action. After a move to Australia he created Instagram account Sad Dogs Outside Shops, which initially started with his own selection of heartbreaking snaps.

Now images for the account flood in from around the world from countries including Spain, Canada, U.S., UK, Ireland and of course, Australia. Although the dogs featured in the 734 images posted to the account have only been left by the owners temporarily – we’ve all nipped to the shops with our doggie friends in tow! – they still manage to tug on the heartstrings. Here are just a few:

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