When I was a kid I remember someone telling me that dogs could not see what was on tv. For whatever reason that stuck with me until I was an adult standing in amazement as our young puppy sat in a chair enthralled by an episode of Shrek. It was a great way to let the furry child be entertained while the adults took care of the responsibilities around the house. To this day our dog watches TV and has a number of favorite programs.
Not everybody’s dog likes to watch TV. I am not sure why some do and others could care less. The Art of Racing in the Rain might be the best story, from a dog’s point of view, of the importance of providing entertaining and educational programs for your dog while you are out. If have not read it yet, Enzo, his tv programs and the maniacal stuffed zebra will keep you entertained.
When we need to leave the dog alone, the TV is always left on, not just keep him entertained or make him feel less alone, but drown out sounds in the hallway of our building to mitigate any barking dog issues that could occur. Nobody likes to listen to the neighbor’s barking dog, day or night.
I thought I would share a few of our dog’s favorite television programs and movies. Over the past six years we have noticed a pattern of what our dog likes to watch on tv. Oddly enough, cartoons and animations typically stand out when they include animals, especially cats. Unfortunately, most cats are only on for commercials, but our dog will go from napping with one eye closed to standing at attention for most cat food commercials.
Otherwise, we just leave any number of shows from Animal Planet, Sunrise Earth, the cartoon network or one of the dog training programs on while we are out.
So every dog is different. What does your dog like for entertainment? Will they watch tv with intertest and are the shows or movies that seem to catch their attention more than others. Please share your thoughts as our dog Moose is alway waiting for us to keep him entertained.