PhotoDo you ever catch your dog watching TV? Actually there is a channel for dogs called DogTV, and it isn't just shows someone thinks your dog will like. It’s been scientifically studied to be engaging for your dog. It has a higher number of frames per second a key ingredient to get your dog interested in it and to be able to hold its attention. 

Domesticated dogs see images on the TV screen just the way that we do. They are smart enough to be able to recognize animals just as they would in real life. They also understand the sounds of barking.

There are a few differences though between us and our four-legged counterparts. One is that dog’s eyes register images quicker than ours. "Older television sets, which show fewer frames per second than modern televisions, would appear to a dog to be flickering like a 1920s movie," said Nicholas Dodman, a veterinary behaviorist at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

Higher frame rate

On DogTV, the shows have a higher frame per second rate and images are specially colored in the hues dogs like. Dogs also have dichromatic vision, which means they see a range of two primary colors, yellow and blue. Human vision is trichromatic, so we see a broader range of colors. 

Breeding plays a significant part in how a dog will react to TV. Hounds, which are driven by smell, aren't as interested in visuals, but herding breeds, such as terriers, may be more stimulated by moving objects they see on the small screen.

If you haven't subscribed to DogTV there are alternatives. You probably are already aware that it's not very likely your dog will sit through a whole "Lassie Come Home" movie. Some suggestions would be anything with animal content, like Animal Planet or any animal show.

Your dog probably won’t be much of a news hound just because of the lack of animals in the news, so you won't have any fights over whether to watch Fox or CNN.

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