If 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.