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Do Dogs Watch TV?

Why does my dog destroy toys?

Um, who TIVO'd twelve hours of "Wishbone"?

TV timeVia 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!

TV Dog 2Via 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.

TV Dog 2 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.

TV Dog 3Via 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.

TV Dog 4Via 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.

TV Dog 5Via 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.

TV Dog 3Via reader Johnathan Thompson

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.

Will and edna

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!

Survey Edna

Good going, Edna! To be honest, I think you got more out of that season than I did.

Would you like to leave something on for your dog while you complete chores around the house? Check out our Bark curated video playlist!!

Got a friend who keeps wondering why the dog is snagging their remote?

How does your dog react when they watch TV? send us a pic or a video of your TV watchin' pup!


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