Finally, Dog TV!    

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for. You and your furry friend are ready for that  big moment,the highly anticipated Dog TV,perhaps you both will watch a few shows together.

Most dogs enjoy watching some episodes of  Animal Planet, but will they  enjoy Dog TV ?

Although the idea of allowing dogs to watch TV for an eight-hour stretch does seem exaggerated, Dog TV does have its advantages.

Filmmakers are calling Dog TV a new breed of television. This eight-hour stretch of on-demand cable TV programming ,has no commercials and is designed to keep your dog relaxed, stimulated and entertained while you are at work, at the gym or simply running errands for a few hours.

Cameramen got on their knees and shot low and long so as to get the dogs point of view.

Muted colors, altered sounds and especially chosen music written for our furry friends, is what makes DogTV so very popular.

Dr Nick Dodman, director of Animal Behavior, Tufts University in Massachusetts, asks if dogs really understand what they’re watching? Dodman said research is ongoing, but it appears that dogs not only recognize other dogs on TV, they may even respond differently to their own breed.

Dogs can see blue and yellow, but not red or green, Neumann said, so colors are altered for Dog TV too.

Based on dog sleeping pattern studies, programmers alternate footage and soundtracks designed for stimulation, relaxation and exposure throughout the eight hours.

Exposure is designed to get dogs used to everyday occurrences. “There are studies that show when young puppies are exposed to video images of other dogs, it acts as a form of socialization,” Dodman said. Sights and sounds during this part of the programming expose the animals to things like traffic, babies, other pets and doorbells.

Stimulation includes dogs running, barking and playing. The idea behind this part of DogTV is to get a dog moving, even if it is home alone.

Dodman said that according to research on the canine brain, with analog television, dogs could only see a flickering screen. New technologies like digital TV, high-definition cameras, and enhanced production have changed the way dogs perceive the images, while big screens allow them to see from anywhere in a room.

They definitely recognize sounds, though, whether it’s barking or sirens, and audio on Dog TV has been tailored accordingly. Because high frequency sounds can be very irritating to dogs, they’ve been removed from Dog TV and music that dogs enjoy creatively used.

There are no dramatic sounds or programs with gunshots or scary noises that would frighten your furry friend.

Based on dog sleeping pattern studies, programmers alternate footage and soundtracks designed for stimulation, relaxation and exposure throughout the eight hours.

Combining the right amount of outdoor exercise, social interaction with other dogs and people, and allowing for minimal use of Dog TV for those occasions when you’re out running errands or going to the gym is fine.

Any size dog or breed craves regular outdoor physical activity and mental stimulation and dog parents need to be part of  this routine, regardless of whether they have Dog TV or not .Dog TV should not replace socialization and exercise, as this makes for a healthier and happier dog.

Different shows are available so as to give dogs variety.  Bring out the popcorn and let your canine enjoy Dog TV for only $4.99 a month.

Claudia Bensimoun

Canine Freelance

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