September 18th, 2018 18:39 EST
Staring at Your Phone Makes Your Dog Sad
"Spending hours staring at your phone is making your dog sad, according to one expert.
When we pay more attention to our phones than to our dogs, we damage our emotional bond, making our dogs feel lonely and isolated. That can lead to doggy depression and behavioural issues.
`If it`s sitting there looking up at you, but you`re too busy gawping at someone`s irrelevant snap on Facebook, you`ve got a problem.
`You do that consistently for weeks, months and years on end and you`re going to get some real behavioural issues.`"
My cats could care less if I waste the entire day and night staring at my phone, as long as I remember to feed them, and clean their litter boxes.
My pooch, Mandy, is a different story, she stares at me when I`m slouched on the sofa watching TV, when I`m pecking away at my keyboard writing essays, and even when I`m taking a bath.
I occasionally stare back at my muse to let her know that I appreciate her company, and to reassure her that after I complete my daily chores that I will spend some quality time with her.
Canines have an intimate bond with their owners, and if you stare at your cellphone hours on end, completely ignoring your furry friend, you will strain your most important relationship.
I never get so caught up with a movie I`m watching, an essay I`m writing, or a CD I`m listening to, that I forget to occasionally smile at Mandy or pat her on the head.
Most of the interaction that we have with our dogs is non-verbal, and it`s the pat on the head and the smile that sustains and nourishes the love that they have for us.
Pretend your dog is a needy wife or girlfriend, and don`t let more than a few minutes go by without glancing in his direction.
A responsible dog owner will walk his pet, play with him, and never ignore him by staring at his phone for hours on end.
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