Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Mischief: Dog TV at For Love of a Dog

Image source: DOGTV.com

I thought I was so smart.

I thought I had a perfect doggie Monday Mischief blog post. 

Our dogs do sometimes watch TV, especially Rosie, so I thought I'd catch some cute photos of them watching the new DOGTV channel.

According to their website, DOGTV is the first television network for dogs.
  
"DOGTV's 24/7 programing helps stimulate, entertain, relax and habituate dogs with shows that expose them to various movements, sounds, objects, experiences and behavior patterns, all from a dog's point of view."

The folks at DOGTV suggest that you sit down and watch with your dogs, so that's exactly what I did.

I found the programing relaxing and rather soothing.  The dog daddy loves it.

The dogs were not impressed.  Not a one showed an interest.  At all.  In fact, they left the room!

Another session - another try.  Ditto.  Zero interest.

The dog daddy thinks it's because we live in the country with lots of stimulation and their huge backyard is a dog park of their very own.  Perhaps it's because there are three of them and they amuse each other when we're not interacting with them.  

Maybe they're like their humans and just not that much into TV.  I dunno.

However, yesterday when I gave DOGTV a third try, I suddenly realized that I did have a taker!   


Skeeter was outside, sitting on the deck sideboard and watching intently.   She only turned away when the segment with monkeys came on.  I mean:  got up and turned her back on the monkeys.  When the next segment came on - birds - she turned around and became mesmerized once again.


Guess at our house "Television for dogs" is really entertaining for cats!




Thank you to Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog, and My Brown Newfies for hosting Monday Mischief! 

20 comments:

  1. Golden Funny. You are right about having lots of stimulation for not being interested. Mom says I like TV shows when there's lots of talking/conversation. Happy TV watching to Skeeter. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  2. Dogs around here aren't that into TV either. Books are more entertaining.

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  3. That is too funny! We are supposed to be getting that channel here too, so we'll have to check it out. One of our previous dogs was a real TV watcher, but our current crew doesn't show much interest. Maybe our Golden Sheba looks up once in a while. We'll have to see if any of this interests her (or the cats). Clearly Skeeter knows just what is of interest to her!

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    1. Yup... and Skeeter is definitely not interested in monkeys! She pays close attention to birds and dogs :-)

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  4. Ha! Well, now you've started something. It will only be a matter of time before cat parents everywhere are calling out for CatTV. ;)
    Our two sometimes seem like they are intently watching something on TV, but it usually only lasts a few minutes before they presumably get bored of it. We don't know if we're going to try DogTV yet or not. We don't leave them alone very often, but when we do, DogTV would certainly be good for that. Right now they get left with cable news running because it's constant chatter. Poor kids. Cable news and they can't change the channel, lol.

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    1. LOL... and they can't change the channel! Poor things...

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  5. That is so cute! You can see the glow from the TV in her eyes!

    We also tried DogTV when it was free here a while back. Rita (who will usually watch anything with animals, even cartoon animals) was completely uninterested in it. So funny.

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    1. We have the free trial now and I'm surely not going to spring for the extra fees. (Sorry, Skeeter!) Still have it on... still zero interest from the dogs!

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  6. I heard about DogTV but haven't watched yet. I don't think that Dakota would be interested at all, he NEVER looks at the TV. Cody DOES (he likes Jackson Galaxy lol) so I think for him it might be worth checking out!

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  7. Us dog aren't into TV either. Sometimes one of my kitties will watch but usually it is just Mom, glued to the tube! Maybe apartment dogs watch it, no idea, we find it boring.

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    1. Emma, I've wondered if apartment dogs or any dogs left at home alone for long periods might really enjoy it. My pack is too busy for TV :-)

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  8. If you have an older TV your dog may not be able to interpret the images very well. They see a series of images flashing and don't see a steady stream of video until about 75Hz refresh rate.

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    1. Thanks, Lauren. Our televisions are relatively new flat screens and we do have HD... our dogs are simply not interested. They'd rather watch each other... LOL

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  9. Dog TV for cats! LOL!!! I don't think my dogs would be interested in Dog TV either. I will have to find this and check it out to see. Cute, cute, cute!

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  10. That was great, they never do it when you want them to. Great pics.

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  11. OMD - that's HILARIOUS! What an epic fail on DOGTV's part! I mean, it's probably right. You're probably right about the three dogs and the big back yard. Still. That's funny stuff. :)

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  12. Day 5 of DogTV... my dogs still want nothing to do with it! LOL However, the dog daddy is finding it very relaxing ;-)

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