NEARLY half of Britain’s dog owners reckon their pet has mental health issues including depression and phobias.
Some spend up to £100 a month trying to help — turning to tech such as “dog cameras” to keep in touch when the animals are home alone.
Almost half of Britain’s dog owners think their pet has mental health issues including depression and phobias[/caption]
A survey of 1,100 owners found 46 per cent believe their dogs show signs of stress such as constant barking, chewing furniture or not wanting to go out.
Pet accessory firm Furbo found they then splashed out on toys, tech and even therapy sessions. Half revealed they had mental health issues of their own and 87 per cent said their dog raised their spirits.
MOST READ IN UK NEWS
Just 50 per cent said their partners did so — while only 22 per cent credited friends.
But owners can fear they have passed on anxieties to the mutts. Professional dog trainer Ryan O’Meara said: “Often this is a case of incorrectly transferring our very human worries on to our dogs — but in some instances, it’s true. Dogs can be stressed if we’re stressed.
“So ensure dogs are properly fed, mentally stimulated and lead a life of recognisable routine and stability.”
Dogs should be properly fed, mentally stimulated and lead a life of recognisable routine and stability[/caption]
- GOT a story? Ring The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or email email@example.com.