Do you ever wonder what your dog sees when they sit down next you on the couch to watch cartoons, I mean, the news?
Basically, your dog sees a slightly degraded version of the images you see, allowing them to make out shapes and actions.
Because dogs are so smart, they can even identify animals that appear on screen, and might know when dogs are on screen–especially if accompanied by barking sounds.
Whether your dog will chill with you on the couch and veg in front of the boob tube depends largely on their personality. Depending on how often your TV is on, they may be desensitized to the television and not feel inclined to watch. But if they do, what do they see?
The picture will appear different to your dog because dogs have “dichromatic” vision, meaning they only have two primary colors.
Though humans see colors along the spectrum created by red, yellow, and blue, dogs only see within the spectrum of yellow and blue.
So when we say dogs are “colorblind,” we’re NOT talking black-and-white.
Dog brains also process visual imagery faster than human brains, which means today’s technology makes it easier for dogs to watch TV. Innovations such as High Definition and increased frame rates allow TV to keep up with dogs’ quick vision.
Products such as DogTV are specifically designed to accommodate dogs’ special vision, broadcasting along a dichromatic spectrum and with high frame rates.
So keep these crazy facts in mind the next time you and your pup have a lazy TV day. Find a nice yellow- and blue-tinged movie on an HD channel and unwind.