Why Does My Dog Watch TV?

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Can Dogs See Other Dogs On Screen?

Our dogs often sit cosily watching tv, particularly during Autumn and Winter colder months, whilst we are busy cooking nearby during the evenings.

We find ourselves turning constantly to see what is going on when our dogs start randomly barking, only to find they’re fixated on a another dog appearing in a TV series or advert.

Science News a few years back, and National Geographic, have reported on research undertaken, confirming what we thought, that dogs were highly intelligent enough to recognise humans and other animal faces.

Dogs pick out faces of other dogs, irrespective of breeds, among human and other domestic and wild animal faces and can group them into a category of their own. They do that using visual cues alone.

According to new research by Dr. Dominique Autier-Dérian from the LEEC and National Veterinary School in Lyon in France and colleagues.

Our dogs seem no different to our friends and others pets we know, and there are certain TV series that most definitely their eyes prick up to, barking because other dogs are being featured on the TV programme.

Sometimes they join in the barking with a deep gruff, possibly one could say not a friendly bark, other times incessant non-stop barking with tails wagging demonstrating clearly their different emotions about what they are watching!

We love the American Express Advert where dog sees squirrel, barking furiously, and breaks the TV!

Just how many times do you see dogs chasing squirrels up trees, when out in the park for their daily walk, and exercise off the lead! If its not squirrels, its birds and seagulls.

The Favourite Dog TV Shows

Our dogs watch UK’s Paul O’Grady For The Love Of Dogs show on ITV.

A series about The Battersea Dog (and Cats) Re-Homing Centre, the London based charity that manages to rehome a staggering 7,000 animals each year. They seem indifferent watching the dogs recovery to better health and going to a new happy home and life.

Our dogs watch but don’t make any noise, sometimes with their paws over their eyes at the ‘horrible’ and sad bits, almost as if they appreciate what some poor dogs at the charity rehoming centre are going through to recover their health and they seem to appreciate their cushy lifestyle and warm home.

There’s Channel 5 and Graeme’s Dogs Behaving Very BadlyThey watch how calm cravat wearing Graeme in his unflappable way persevere with a host of behavioural dog problems presented from viewer participants, which are most likely to be caused by humans, sorting out a number of breeds, cross breeds and mixed breeds.

It’s extraordinary but we believe our dogs are the school prefects because they start howling at the dogs when they start playing up, being mischievously bad dogs and not listening to their owners! They then sit back when all is going well with Graeme and simply continue to watch the show.

We settle down to watch the long running ITV’s Midsomers Murders with the famous lovable character with attitude, the Jack Russell ‘Sykes’ from one of the older TV shows who appeared no less than in 29 episodes. It was time that Sykes retired, during 2016, and along came new rehomed dog Paddy to fill his stage shoes.

Our dogs love both celebrity dogs almost recognising the change in ownership due to retirement age! It doesn’t seem to matter whether we watch an older tv series or newer, with the change of famous screen dogs, they still love it and will let out a yelp here and there letting us know they’re enjoying it.

Then, of course, not forgetting there’s Crufts, the World greatest and international dog event which quite frankly is a TV nightmare. Cancelled due to the recent pandemic, (see latest press release news here), our dogs become fixated on the older TV back series and watch minute-by-minute the dog action. They won’t miss a minute of the programme, watching their heads positively straining at every type of dog filmed, their performance, acts and star winners.

It’s fundamentally clear that our dogs enjoy TV as much as we do, and by now have a repertoire of their favourite programme lists.

Does your dog?


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