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The Absolute Scientific Fact: Are Your Dogs Able to Watch and React to The Television?


Do dogs pay attention towards the television whenever it is about? Do dogs ever react when they see several other dogs on the television screen? A study was conducted to find out that the dogs also watch images or pictures in the same way as we do. They can also identify the pictures of other dogs. The dog’s spot pictures or images faster than the humans and they look at the pictures in a range of 2 major colors- blue and yellow. This is because dogs have dichromatic vision, unlike the human beings. On the other hand, humans spot or observe the full range of the colors. The reason being the vision of human beings is trichromatic. An image is quickly registered in a dog’s eyes’ than an image is registered in our eyes. When we need to arrive at the personal tastes on TV, dogs are just like us in the TV tastes. The dogs have the orientation towards the things in which they are interested. Sometimes, the dogs even respond to a barking dog on the television. There are some TV channels like Dog TV that accommodate the vision of a dog through some specific colors.

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Further, there are some breeds like the Hounds, they are driven by the smell and are not very much interested in the television. However, Herding breeds are attracted by the moving objects, so they usually respond to a barking dog. They also bark when they watch a dog on the screen of the television. Sometimes, many of the owners keep their TV’s on while leaving their homes, so that their dog does not feel lonely when at home and he feels that someone is moving in the house. Also, dogs they prefer the show, which has a lot of animals or particularly shows that are meant for animals or showing animals on the TV screen.

Domestic dogs usually perceive the images on the silver screen just the way we perceive them. They are quite intelligent to identify and recognize the animal pictures on the screen as they would otherwise in their real life. The dogs even recognize the dogs on screen which they have never seen before and they can easily make out if a dog is barking. The pet experts are of the opinion that the dogs actually move around the moving object that they see on the television.

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A study was published in 2013 in the journal of “Animal Cognition” which says that the dogs can easily identify the images of other canines among the other human or animal pictures. They do this by using their visual senses alone. Undoubtedly, there are many differences between the humans and the man’s most loyal friend. As the eyes of the dogs register the pictures more quickly than our eyes, so the images on the old TV sets appear flickering to them than the images on the modern TV sets (like in the 1920s movies).

However, it is completely up to the breed and personality of the dog that how it will respond to a barking of a dog on the TV – Whether the dog will get excited or ignore depends on his personality and the breed. The TV watching dogs find the hearing of a bark on TV very exciting. Sometimes, the reaction of the dogs goes to so much extent that they don’t only bark at the dog on the TV screen, but they also run around the TV searching for the dog that is appearing on the TV screen. But there are some dogs that are desensitized to the TV screens and they feel that the dogs in the TV are just hanging in there and they will not walk around in reality. Those channels that feature animals or dogs might appear interesting to the domestic dogs than the news channels. But they never watch the TV completely, just like human beings. They leave the TV half watching. They will always watch and react to the things in the TV in which they are interested in and the ones they are oriented to.


Sugandha is a devoted pet owner who owns two cats named Kai, Ritter & a Golden Retriever named Bracky. She is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion!. In an effort to strengthen the bond between people and their pets, she shares her knowledge by writing articles.

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