The conversation surrounding mental health in America has picked up recently, especially since one in four Americans suffer from a mental disorder. However, did you know that many people don’t realize that dogs also suffer from mental health issues too. According to IFLScience, the first 30 minutes of being left alone is usually the most stressful time for a dog.
This is in stark contrast to advice from vets, who say dogs should not be left alone for more than four hours a day, because the loneliness and boredom can cause destructive behavior. We humans need our pets for our health just as badly as our pets need us for their health.
Dogs need exercise
Did you know that hundreds of thousands of dogs are usually not taken out for walks by their owners? Daily walks are crucial to the well-being of most dog breeds. PetMD suggest that you give your dog at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.
For more energetic dog breeds, a lack of exercise can be devastating. It can affect both their mental and physical health and cause them to act out. Of course this doesn’t mean you should quit your job so that you can take your dog for long daily walks, Dog Walkers are available to hire to do it for you. You can even hire a Dog Sitter to look after your dog while you’re at work.
It’s important to remember, however, that ultimately, your dog is devoted to you and it is crucial you spend time giving it the love and attention in craves.
Behavioral cover in pet insurance
If you’re struggling to deal with your pet’s behavioral issues, it is suggested that you check your pet insurance – several companies include cover for behavioral problems in their policies. You might also consider the level of cover offered for these issues before deciding which provider to go with, or switch to. Many other pet insurance firms exclude behavioral cover or do not specify the levels of payouts.
Pet insurance can cover complementary therapy, which may help with a dog’s behavioral issues.
Pet owner responsibilities
As well as long working hours and technology taking over our lives, a recent article in the Independent suggests that global warming might also be to blame for owners not taking their dogs out enough. While pet owners are happy to take their dogs for a walk in frosty conditions, rain and mud are a much less attractive proposition. But dog ownership requires some sacrifice, including getting a little muddy. Having a dog can be a wonderful thing and the unconditional love and companionship enhances the life of any pet owner. Ironically, dog ownership is thought to be one of the most effective ways to treat depression and anxiety in humans.
However, trying to fit a dog into a hectic lifestyle is not always viable and can cause unfair damage to an innocent animal that just wants your attention and love.