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Should Dogs Watch Television?

ScreenHunter_02 Mar. 08 10.31When you're watching television, does your dog watch with you? Ever wonder if your dog finds watching television stimulating? Would your dog benefit from watching TV when left alone?

The folks at DOGTV think dogs are not only watching television -- they are a unique audience for it. DOGTV claims to be "the first television channel for dogs." Yes, really. This is what the service says on its website:

"DOGTV is a 24/7 digital TV channel with programming scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs when left alone. Through years of research with some of the world's top pet experts, special content was created to meet specific attributes of a dog's sense of vision and hearing and supports their natural behavior patterns. The result: a confident, happy dog, who's less likely to develop stress, separation anxiety or other related problems."

DOGTV is currently available as a paid service only in San Diego, CA, but the company says it is gearing up for a national launch -- so tell your doggie to keep eyes and ears open, since it may someday be available in our area!

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Dogs may not perceive clearly what the picture is trying to say but its good to get them acquainted with the sounds. My dog couches potato with me and he's alert with action or sport films, that's what I've noticed.

I live near a fire station and it upset my dog everytime the trucks were sent out to an emergency. I used the dvd player to play over and over sirens until he became "used" to the sounds and they didn't bother him anymore. I would suggest using the tv and dvd's or specially made movies for dogs anytime!

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