Research shows that dogs can definitely watch TV, but how much do they really see? Here’s the reason why some dogs love watching the tube while others would rather eat the remote.
Dogs are watching more TV than they used to.
Domestic dogs can see television images like we do, and they can distinguish between people and animals on the screen. The type of screen, however, makes quite a difference. Older TV sets show fewer frames per second compared to flat screens. If your doggies are watching Lassie on an antique, it probably looks more like a fast motion silent film and is slowly driving them insane…
HDTV allows for a much easier viewing experience – there’s even an HD channel specifically designed for their eyes. DogTV presents a higher number of frames per second and is colored to suit their vision, which is why some are more interested in watching it.
They can see more than you might think.
Despite what you may have heard, dogs aren’t color blind. They have dichromatic vision, which means they can see a range of two primary colors: yellow and blue. Since most humans can see a full range of colors, the world is a bit more vibrant for us. So, while you’re busy picking out pretty toys for your pup, all (s)he can see is this:
Yellow tennis balls. Tried and true.
They’re different, just like us.
Dogs, like humans, have different personalities. Some people can watch an entire season of Orange Is The New Black in one weekend and others would rather read a novel or run a marathon. In the same token, there are dogs who can’t get enough Animal Planet and dogs that sleep on the remote just to spite you because you haven’t walked them yet.
Breed makes a big difference.
Personalities aside, the breed of your dog has a lot to do with their desire for television. Most hounds are driven by their sense of smell, so they couldn’t care less about what they see on the screen. Other breeds, like sight hounds or terriers, can be more interested in the visuals because their instincts keep them engaged in the movement. For every bloodhound or pug that spends their time snoozing on the couch, there’s a Westie that patiently watches… waiting for someth- ATTACK!!!
Sometimes it doesn’t matter what type of dog you have, because they can become desensitized over time. At some point they probably realize they’re never gonna get to sniff Cesar Milan’s crotch, and they come to terms with it.
But occasionally you find a dog that’s completely addicted, and throws a tantrum when you make her get off the couch, like this husky…
Surely we can all sympathize with Luka. Nobody can take our Game of Thrones away. NOBODY.