Many dogs spend a large portion of their day alone while their owners are at work or school. There are many problems that can arise in dogs secondary to being home alone for long periods of time.
Negative Effects of Too Much Alone Time on Dogs
Dogs can become overweight due to large periods of inactive time. This can lead to many health concerns, including:
- Joint problems
- Heart problems
- Skin problems
- Breathing problems
- High blood pressure
Dogs that spend a large amount of time alone may become bored or stressed. This can lead to negative behaviors such as these:
- Lick granulomas are serious skin sores caused by incessant licking at one spot. Dogs may begin licking from boredom or stress and continue from pain and infection. Lick granulomas can be difficult, costly, and frustrating to treat, even requiring surgery in some instances.
- Dogs that are bored may begin chewing on or otherwise damaging household items. This can be very upsetting for a dog owner.
- A dog that is left alone for long periods of time may have decreased social skills with humans and other dogs.
- Separation anxiety is a common condition in dogs that arises from these highly-social animals being left by their pack (the owners). Dogs with separation anxiety may bark, howl, or whine incessantly while alone. They may also tear up, eat, or scratch household items, carpeting, and door frames. Urinating and defecating in the house is also commonly seen in dogs with separation anxiety.
DOGTV and How It Can Help
DOGTV is a channel exclusively devoted to providing television for dogs. It was developed with the help of the country's leading dog behaviorists and experts. Vast amounts of research on dogs was tapped to create DOGTV's programming. The shows are broken down into three categories as follows:
- Relaxation Programming is tailored to be calming to dogs, allowing them to relax and rest, with reduced levels of stress.
- Stimulation Programming is designed to get your dog mentally and physically active, even when you aren't there to play with him.
- Exposure Programming provides sounds and sights that your dog might normally encounter during the day in a way that helps him feel calmer and more secure.
How is DOGTV Different from Regular TV?
All three types of programming on DOGTV are provided using up-to-date research on canine sight, hearing, and behavior. This means that the presentation of the television shows is optimized for the maximum enjoyment of a dog.
The three types of programming are also arranged and presented to your dog in a way that provides him with the best daily rhythm. He will be calm and resting sometimes and playful and stimulated other times.
A Great Way to Provide Help and Company for Your Dog While You're Away
DOGTV is really a terrific way to provide your dog with many of the benefits that you would supply yourself if you were able to stay home all of the time. In this way, you can help avoid and possibly treat some of the negative effects of too much alone time on your dog. Separation anxiety is one of the leading causes of euthanasia in dogs because it can be frustrating to come home to a ruined house.
While some dogs may need additional treatment for their separation anxiety, and you should never stop any medication that has been previously prescribed by your veterinarian, DOGTV can go a long way toward ending the nightmare of separation anxiety and reducing the other negative effects of large amounts of alone time in dogs.
Let your dog start enjoying all of the benefits of DOGTV today! Sign up for as little as $7 per month, and feel better knowing that your dog has company while you're away.
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