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Why Do Some Dogs React to Images on TV?

dog and girl watching tv blogIf you’re a dog owner, you may have  witnessed something on TV catching your dog’s attention. Studies have shown that dogs can, in fact, see images on the television and even decipher between canines and other animals on the screen. Some dogs watch intently, some bark, some run behind the television in search of the furry creature, and others don’t react at all. So, why does the reaction vary so much from dog to dog?

First off, it could have something to do with quality of your television set. Dogs register sights a lot quicker than humans do, so images on older TVs might look like they’re flickering like an old movie. This might not be as enticing to a dog as a fast-moving image on a newer TV screen.

Whether a dog reacts to the TV or not also has a lot to do with his or her individual personality. Some canines are highly territorial, making them more likely to go after an image on TV than dogs with more aloof personalities. Lastly, breeds that heavily rely on their sense of smell, like blood hounds, might not be as interested in visual images on a screen as terriers and other breeds more stimulated by sight.

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  • Ken Burritt January 20, 2015, 10:06 am

    We realized this years ago and that’s why our Beagles have a 39″ 1080p HDTV tuned into either Animal Planet or NatGeo Wild all day.

  • Debi January 20, 2015, 10:32 am

    I have a Standard Poodle and a Golden Doodle. The doodle watches TV especially if there are animals or children on it. The Poodle never even looks at it. We watched a show about wolves. Our doodle watched the whole thing. He didn’t bark or get excited but never took his eyes off of the screen. Our doodle is our scent dog and the poodle the sight or air scent dog. Oh the doodle likes fish on the screen too. lol They share the same poodle mom so are half brothers. They are the calmest, sweetest dogs. We are so blessed.

  • Jordan Walker January 20, 2015, 5:38 pm

    My dog Max barks when he sees another dog on our TV. He will run behind the TV to find the dog. Sometimes, he will also bark when he sees his self on our mirror.

  • Gina pastorino January 23, 2015, 7:23 am

    My lab shepherd mix watches his favorite program every week, Funniest Home Video’s. If he is in another room when it comes on, he comes running when he hears it.

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