Via reader Carol Thompson
Welcome to Cool Dog Science. We’re digging up our favorite funky dog facts and fascinating pup studies, marking them with our signature weirdness, and dropping them at your doorstep. This week’s topic: Do dogs watch TV?
If you’ve ever curled up with your pup for a nice weekend of TV watching (and who hasn’t?) you might have wondered if your dog is enjoying that Teen Wolf marathon as much as you are. Well, turns out some top-notch science types have asked themselves the same question!
Via reader Elizabeth Raychard
Do Dogs Really “Watch” TV?
A few researchers have helped paint a reasonably clear picture of your dog’s TV-watching experience.
Via reader Lucy
Dogs are color-blind, but not blind to ALL colors; the color they really can’t see is red. The world isn’t quite black and white for them. It’s more blue and yellow.
Via reader Michelle Fritz
Dogs process visual info even faster than humans. So shows on an older TV, with a slightly slower frame rate, might flicker “like a 1920s movie” for dogs, in the words of Nicholas Dodman, a veterinary behaviorist at Tufts University.
Via reader Pam
Dogs can absolutely tell when a dog is onscreen– and it’s no surprise that their favorite part of pretty much any show is “when the dog came on.” They’ve also got keen ears for their favorite sounds… like a bark, a squeak, or words of praise.
Via reader Jessica Lee
As for their TV preferences? Well, some research has shown that when presented with three screens, dogs can’t decide what to watch, and prefer to watch one screen no matter what is on it. I guess it makes sense not being too picky, when your paws haven’t adapted to use a remote. ????
Watch TV with your dog!
I decided to watch TV with my buddy Edna and see what she thought. The show? My favorite of course! Mad Men.
It took us a while to really get into the story (Edna is pretty squirrelly), but we managed to watch about nine episodes. Man, where did the day go?
After nine hours of research, I had Edna take a survey!
Good going, Edna! To be honest, I think you got more out of that season than I did.
COMMENTS FROM LOVINMYPUP.COM:
I love this article! I have seen my dogs stop playing with his/her toys to sit and watch a very colorful screen on the television. Bella totally was engulfed in the TV screen during the AKC National Dog Show. She also seems to love cartoons. One day I took my granddaughter to see “A Dog’s World” at the local movie theater. Bella loved the animation and vibrant colors. However, I did get concerned that when the dogs on the screen were barking, that Bella would bark back. Well it turned out to be ok!! While she loved the colors and the bright scenery, her training won out and she did not bark at the screen when she heard the dogs bark. We had a great time!
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