What Do Dogs See When They Watch TV?

Some dogs just seem to love watching TV. But are they really watching what we see?


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Sources:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1071581916300611
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201106/do-dogs-understand-what-they-are-seeing-television
https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-07/can-dogs-watch-tv
https://www.dogtv.com/
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/150111-animals-dogs-television-pets-science-tv-behavior/
https://theconversation.com/heres-what-dogs-see-when-they-watch-television-65000

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  • Gage Sutton

    OH MY GOD THE SCISHOW DOGS ARE SO CUTE

  • roflcopterkklol

    My Dalmatian can instantly recognise any animal on the TV even marine animals. Does not care about anything else so i fail to believe any of this is true.

  • Ellice Jones

    If you make the dog channel i know my doggies would love it

  • Josh Guyette

    Analog TV was 30 fps, not 60 fps

  • Nahjah Rocknie

    My dog doesn't seem to know TVs even exist....

  • Hope Weiss

    My parents have a huge hdtv in their room and the dogs really do watch it funny tho that our hound like dog watches more lol. I had heard the dogs can only see TVs that are in HD bc they refresh super fast

  • Shea Goff

    My cat loves watching tv my dog not so much but he does jump up when he hears barking or a doorbell.

  • Daniel Hestopher

    Well, the colors electronic screens "produce" are just an illusion, as they only actually produce 3, red, green, and blue, our eyes perceive other colors as those are the only three colors they can actually detect. If our eyes detect a little blue and a little green, it determines that the true color is a wavelength between those two, and depending on how much of each wavelength it detects, it estimates what it thinks the actual incoming wavelength is. Because dogs cannot detect any of these wavelengths, the illusion would not work for them, and they would not see a coherent, sensible image as we do.

  • Emerick Deneb

    the same is for cats? My cat loves attacking bugs displayed in my cellphone...

  • Itsa Games

    cats have the same thing, definitely movement and noises get mine going. they have videos on youtube of birds chirping and squirrels and most cats go insane

  • Scott Hannan

    Maybe a show called “Timmy” about a boy who always has to be told what to do...

  • Olaf Elsbeurry

    My grandfather's German shepherd would bark at the t.v. when she saw animals

  • johnny macarroni

    how many hertz do i need ?

  • Scott Hannan

    Real Housedogs of Beverly Hills

  • Victoria Warren

    I'm glad to know there is a channel my puppo will enjoy!

  • Anna Williams

    I mean my cat sometimes watches TV

  • 3 runes

    My dog barks at a cartoon cat from Coraline

  • Steve Lebourveau

    My dog barks at Santa’s Little Helper on the Simpsons.

  • Alex Rose

    My dog seems to like to watch me play Minecraft. I wonder if it's that it's because I'm doing something, or because he sees something kinda more interesting than a nap. LOL!

  • Harlan Kempf

    My dogs have been happy whenever there was some sort of animal noises, especially turkey gobbles, coming from the TV. They lock onto the screen and keep tilting their heads with a funny "Wut?" expression.

  • Elizabeth Earley

    My dog like to watch cartoons like scooby doo.

  • Animal Land of Talking Animals

    my dog doesn't like walks....or stairs.....or anything that moves....like water

  • DKsaNn

    So dogs can watch tv? Just as long as the refresh rate is high enough

  • Kinley Bowman

    My friend had a dog that loved Disney cartoons. One day when she was sick she was channel hopping and ended up at the Disney junior channel and when she went to change it her dog started barking at her, and the dog stopped when she let go of the remote the dog wouldn’t let anyone change the Channel. The dog would react to the tv and it was supper funny.

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  • Scott Hannan

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  • Rachel Henry

    My dog doesn't ever seem interested in TV, but my parakeets always start chirping when they hear me watching SciShow. I've decided that means they like it.

  • Terry Blanchard

    isn't it about time you treated your dog to a nice 144hz screen

  • toba thene

    My cat watches my phone sometimes

  • BellaDog Ajpw

    My dog lays on the couch staring at the tv then runs and barks at the tv when she sees a dog on the tv

  • Smelly Fishs

    My dachshunds both love watching sci show. Only sci show. I have no idea why, but if they hear the sci show intro, they are immediately sitting on my lap, watching the screen. My min pin likes Gordon Ramsay’s master chef season one. My dogs are weird, but awesome.

  • RRW

    What about cats? Back when I lived with my family, we always had a cat. Our previous pair rarely cared (although I do remember one of them attacking the screen when I was watching some astronomy show and they showed planet's orbiting), but the cat they have now/had when I moved out LOVED attacking the TV when I was watching two types of programs: Nature shows (My cat went CRAZY during the Dimetrodon part of Walking With Monsters for whatever reason), and believe it or not, Star Trek. IDK if it's the colors or what, but he often tried to attack the comm badges.

  • JohnT

    Where's the link to the Doggy SciShow?!

  • rav ernot

    where is scishow dogs?

  • squeezemyparticiple

    New dog SciShow heck ye. "Sci-Show?" No, "Fi-Do"

  • FabrayFashions

    I have a cat that enjoys "watching tv" with me. I wonder how similar it is. I'm sure the idea of them watching movement makes sense, cats are hunters after all.

  • starfir_CR

    Im only watching this bcuz my Chihuahua was watching the tv like just laying there and staring at it..I had it on the Food Network😂

  • Imperfectly Laura

    If they can recognize images of other dogs, why does my dog bark at his own reflection in the mirror?!? (On a more serious note, this is a great video. Thanks for making it!)

  • My ChildishWays

    Yellow and Blue you say, is that why dogs love the beach?

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