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Cologne, Germany — The German Federal Intelligence Service has revealed that the German citizen checks his smartphone 90 times a day, and the number reaches up to 200 times among smartphone addicts. Generally, those who spend all their time using their smartphones would not pay much attention to their kid, dog, or cat.

A daily walk in nature is very important for dogs, but today, dogs’ owners prefer to “turn off” their pets on turning off their smartphones to take care of their pet, according to Ariana Ulrich, a dog behavior expert, from the Kennel Association.

About 9 million dogs are reported to live in German homes. Ariana pointed out that, on daily basis, she monitors smartphone owners’ lack of interest to play with dogs in public gardens. The daily walk with dogs lacks today from interaction.

Brigitte Bottner from the Animal Welfare Society said the distraction caused by the smartphone doesn’t just threaten pedestrians and drivers but also threatens dogs.

She added that dogs immediately notice when their owner is absent, so they would seek to entertain themselves with other dogs and children.

A dog’s mood could also change gradually, so it would become confused, tense and possibly a dangerous animal.

Thomas Rebe, a veterinarian specialized in dog psychology, said dogs learn and rejoice when they get a longer walk, and preoccupation with smartphones makes them mentally ill.

He said he receives many people at his clinic, especially young people, who complain about their dogs’ behaviors and disobedience. He pointed out that this change in the pet’s behavior is driven by the preoccupation with modern devices.