PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An expert believes that all the hours people are spending on their smartphones could be making their dogs depressed.READ MORE: Philadelphia To Begin Offering Children Ages 12-15 Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine On Thursday After CDC's Recommendation
“A dog is a social creature, a pack animal and to the dog you are the bona fide leader of the pack,” explained Booth. “You administer every facet of its life, you collect, you feed, you show it where it’s allowed to go and you, hopefully, nurture its development.”
Dogs require constant interaction and if your dog is seeking your attention but you’re too busy scrolling through your phone, it can become confused.
This can lead to behavioral problems in order to take your attention away from your phone.READ MORE: Gasoline Shortage Appears To Be Creeping Into Philadelphia Region As Colonial Pipeline Resumes Operations
While this can affect cats too, it is less likely because they are more independent animals.
Queen Village veterinarian Dr. Alexander Collada says he sees the effects of smartphone usage.
“We need to all get off our phones,” says Collada.
Especially since pups are very good at reading our subtle cues.
“Dogs do read body language. They read our eye contact. They read our facial expressions, so if we are on our phone and acting disinterested, and they’re looking for attention it basically is annoying your dog,” said Collada.MORE NEWS: Man Shot 11 Times, Killed In Southwest Philadelphia Quadruple Shooting, Police Say
Canine depression is real and warning signs include lack of interest in food, the dog sleeping more, they may hide from you or avoid you, and they may start excessively licking or chewing their paws.