A TV Channel For Dogs Helps Them With Separation Anxiety

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As the world returns to a post-pandemic normal, DOGTV has jumped into action to prevent a new epidemic – dog separation anxiety – with the world’s leading pet behavioural therapists, veterinarians, trainers and pet service providers. 

It kicked off with Your Dog’s New Normal. DOGTV, the most comprehensive education platform for dogs and their pet parents, will equip families with the tools they need to help pups navigate what is soon to become their “new normal.”

Hosted by celebrity pet expert Harrison ForbesYour Dog’s New Normal will feature “dog talks” by a robust lineup of experts including world-renowned dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, celebrity dog trainer Laura Nativo, renowned veterinarians Dr Marty Becker and Dr Courtney Campbell, veterinary behaviourist Dr Nicholas Dodman, and dozens more

Topics will help pet parents better understand the issue of separation anxiety by teaching them everything from how to recognize the signs, to training tips and ways to address the issue moving forward. There will also be appearances by pup loving celebrities including Jane LynchScott HamiltonEmmylou Harris, Skip BaylessRenée Felice Smith and more.

Millions of dogs are anticipated to be affected by separation anxiety when businesses and schools fully reopen and pet parents return to a pre-pandemic schedule. DOGTV conducted a survey of over 1,000 dog parents across America. What they found was interesting:

  • 58% of dogs are currently showing symptoms of separation anxiety when parents prepare to leave the home.
  • 45% display symptoms of separation anxiety when left home alone.
  • Yet, 62% of pet parents are not doing anything to prepare their pets for more alone time.
  • Pandemic pups were 20% more likely to have separation anxiety when left home alone, compared to dogs adopted before the pandemic.
  • 65% of dog parents aren’t currently comfortable leaving their pup home alone for the duration of an eight-hour workday. Only 14% feel ready to let Fido be alone for more than nine hours.

“While dogs loved this past year spending unlimited hours with their humans, the pandemic has left them vulnerable to developing a fear of being home alone,” says Gilad Neumann, CEO of DOGTV.

“We want to do everything we can to ensure pets stay comfortable at home when their parents are gone. I’m excited to offer pet parents an opportunity to hear from top animal experts so they can learn how to identify the signs of anxiety and ultimately prevent separation anxiety in their dogs.”

Separation anxiety and a host of other symptoms in dogs can be alleviated with DogTV. Image via Unsplash

Do dogs really watch TV?

Yes!

Dogs respond to what they see on TV screens and pay the most attention when they see other dogs, animals and moving objects.

YouTube has thousands of videos with dogs watching TV and an increasing number of dog parents admit that they’ve seen their pups watching TV more than once.

The shift to digital and flat-screen TVs has also contributed to the growth in the numbers of dogs that watch TV. In a survey conducted by the American Kennel Club and IAMS dog food, nearly half of those surveyed had dogs that showed some interest in what was happening on the television screen.

Why is DogTV good for your dog?

DOGTV is scientifically designed and programs are divided into 3 categories, to meet a dog’s typical daily cycle and enrich their environment.

While your dog’s sense of smell is their primary scent, hearing and vision are also super important. Just like a walk, DOGTV exposes your dog to new stimuli, but in the form of images and sound.

It seems like my dog isn’t watching TV

One thing to understand is that dogs generally will not sit down and stare at the TV screen as humans do. Your first inclination may be to turn on the channel, sit and watch your dog, and wait for your dog to settle down and watch also. However, this will likely not happen for several reasons.

#1 – All Dogs Watch TV Differently

Some react more to the visuals, while others will just lie down and feel calmed by the relaxing music. Either of those methods is great and there is no need to sit and wait for something to happen – because it’s already happening!

#2 – Other Distractions

When you are there with your dog, he will always be more interested in you than the TV screen. Dogs are social animals and need company; when you are around, you are probably the only thing that matters to your pup!

#3 – No Couch Potatoes!

We are not expecting our dogs to become couch potatoes and binge-watch DOGTV! This is not the idea. Rather, DOGTV is great for background sounds and visuals, and for the dog to feel a presence when home alone. Some of our users also incorporate DOGTV in their routines while getting ready for the day, cleaning the house, and keeping their pup entertained while they work from home.

They may not look at the screen all the time but they’re still enjoying the show. Ron Lach at Pexels

About DOGTV:
DOGTV has a singular mission: to improve the lives of dogs and their parents with highly accessible, fun programs scientifically developed for canine enrichment. Via 24/7 cable and streaming channels, millions of pet parents worldwide rely on DOGTV daily.

Using years of research by some of the world’s top animal researchers, scientists, veterinarians, dog behaviourists, and trainers and after receiving five patents on content methods, DOGTV created special programming to meet specific attributes of a dog’s sense of vision and hearing and support their natural behaviour patterns.

It might seem boring to you, but your dog will love it. Credit: DogTV

Many of these shows are timed to the natural rhythms of a dog’s day. The result: a confident, happy dog, who’s less likely to develop stress, separation anxiety and/or other related problems.  In addition to its made-for-dog content, which offers a variety of programs that encourage relaxation and stimulation, the channel has a range of other fun, educational, and entertaining segments for pet parents that can be found on the DOGTV app. DOGTV was launched in 2011, as the first cable network for dogs and is now owned in part by Discovery.

And no, they don’t stream One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Main image via Unsplash


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