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Do dogs actually watch television?

 by jennifer on 13 Aug 2021 |
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It might sound crazy, but television for dogs exists. Creators of canine shows hope to create a diversion for your pet while you’re away.


Do dogs actually watch television?


It might sound like a hoax, but television for dogs exists. According to creators of these canine diversions, TV for dogs not only stimulates your pet’s brain, but also provide a source of comfort while you are away from home.

The first question to consider when trying to determine whether to indulge your pet in doggy TV is if our pets do, in fact, enjoy watching television. Because dogs’ eyes are different than our own, this was not an option until recent years, when digital television was created. Dogs’ eyes are more sensitive to movement than ours’ and they are able to see the refresh rate—or flicker— of images on older TV screens. Digital screens now provide canine-quality entertainment and with this new technology came the option to create new entertainment for while you are away from home.

Though no one likes to leave their pet at home alone, we cannot be with them all the time. Even with the options of doggy daycare, pet walkers and a range of toys, it can be hard to entertain Fido at all times when you are out of the house. This can lead to boredom and understimulation, which can cause pets to become destructive. Even if your companion is not destroying furniture while you are at work, distractions can help him from feeling lonely and keep his mind occupied until you return.


Canine TV works by catering shows to dogs’ unique brains. Episodes are typically short—around three to five minutes—to match a dog’s typical attention span, though research has shown our pets only tend to engage with the screen for several seconds at a time. Shows featuring other dogs tend to be engaging for pets. The way dogs watch television also differs to their human counterparts, as dogs tend engage more actively by walking to and from the screen, rather than watching from a stationary, seated position.

Just like people, our pets have different interests and some will be more intrigued by the screen than others. Though TV shows can tickle a dog’s auditory and visual senses, they lack the smell and interactive elements that are necessary to keep some high-energy pets engaged. Though television can help stimulate your pet while you are away from home, it should never be used to replace playtime, exercise and other meaningful interactions you have with your pet. Not only are these activities necessary for your dog’s physical and mental wellbeing, but they also strengthen the bond you and your companion share. Television might, however, help keep your dog from feeling lonely when you are away from home.




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