Skip to comments.'Dog TV' launches nationwide through Direct TV
Posted on 08/09/2013 7:28:53 PM PDT by NYer
UNDATED (CNN) - Feel guilty when you leave your dog home alone? Well, now canines nationwide have their own TV channel to keep them company.
After a successful test marketing, "Dog TV" launched this month nationwide.
It's happening through Direct TV and its target demographic is our furry friends.
The creators say they did three years of research on dog behavior, watching video from surveillance cameras set up in 38 apartments to see what dogs do when they're alone and how they react to TV.
DOGTV - Official Site
Introducing Dog TV: the First Cable Television Network Just for Dogs
You've got a dog ... ping!
Two week free trial on Direct TV. My dog gave it two paws down. Personally, I find it to be an improvement over most of the network news programs ; - )
what channel did they dump to make space for this?
It’s satellite ... where the channels go to infinity ... and beyond.
There are only so many nodes available I think.
It’s the Clinton and Bammie czars broadcasting companies, so most probably they dumped Christian Worldwide TV in favour of this and some acorn and err-america gov-funded additions to be announced later.
I liked it. Having lost our last three Greyhounds to osteosarcoma it was good to watch...
Good grief! The youngest of my 2 dogs—a 3 yr old Hungarian Labradoodle, goes totally bezerk when she sees an animal of any sort on TV.
To get her to quit barking, I have to turn off the tv or take her into another room.
It doesn’t matter what the animal is, anything from a lizard to an elephant, she thinks it’s her duty to scare them away. They don’t even have to make a noise—she just notices them, and away she goes.......
That was my favorite freeper post of the day.
This is "Days Of Our Lives"
I dont know if its possible for dogs to actually sit and watch television. When my two poochies hear a dog bark on TV they run to the window and start barking up a storm. They have no clue where the bark is coming from
I had one dog who kept looking behind the TV and speaker system anytime he heard or saw another dog on TV.
Another jumped away from the TV when a shark swam towards the camera with its mouth open.
(took awhile to find it on a search - and Cinemax is free this weekend too on DirectTV :)
My little Nemo won’t even look at himself in the mirror. I try showing him himself but he won’t look..he just turns his head and gives me licks(Such a good boy) Maxie on the other hand, sometimes he appears to be watching TV when my Mom is watching something but I dont know if he’s actually looking at the TV screen..from what I understand, dogs are color blind, they have no sense of color, so they designed this TV channel so that dogs can actually enjoy it. Might be something to consider if I had Direct TV(Right now we have Time Warner Cable but its too expensive)
Here it is!
We have Dish Network so my dogs will just have to wait.
Happy to oblige! My youngest son wants a bearded lizard for a pet (as if his multiple fish tanks aren’t enough!) He showed me that video earlier this evening. Laughed my butt off when I saw it.
I lost one of my Irish Wolfhounds to bone cancer last September 21. It was HORRIBLE.
I can’t imagine losing 3 to that hellish disease.
God bless you.
Still more nuanced than MSNBC
Cats are disappointed because the TV is no longer a big warm box upon which they can snugly sleep. It’s a thin panel now.
Sorry to hear that, we lost our lab mix to Addison’s this year!
My Akita has watched TV since he was a baby. He follows the action with his eyes and his head. If he sees an animal, he walks up to the screen and is alert. He will go behind the TV looking for the animal.
When I use the mute, he turns and looks directly at me as though he knows I made the sound stop and he will keep staring at me until I turn it back on, at which point, he goes back to watching.
I have had dogs for well over 40 years and this is the first one that seemed to actually follow the action. He prefers shows with exciting music and SFX. But he has also sat and watched Jesse Stone movies. He is just an unusual guy.
When Sumo was a puppy, he was fascinated with his reflection in my black fridge. He would spend hours laying in front of it, watching “the other puppy.” When we opened the door, he would look inside, ignoring the food. There isn’t room to go around the fridge, but he would stick his nose as far as possible along either side, trying to scent *the puppy*. Watching this was better than most television, for us!
Now, he will go into the bathroom with us and get his paws up on the counter to look at himself in the mirror when we are brushing our teeth. He smiles at himself. He looks at us, then our reflections, so he makes that connection. Not sure if he knows he is seeing himself, though. He will also wait for his turn to drink from the faucet.
I saw some new research last week. Dogs see yellows, greens and blues. They don’t perceive the red hues.
At first, I thought Sumo was just responding in general to sound and movement, but he will follow people across the screen and back again and respond to animals as I said in the earlier post. It isn’t just a fleeting thing, either. He will watch entire movies with us. We’ve had him since he was 8 weeks old and he will be a year in 2 weeks. I think that for him, TV is just normal pack behavior.
I am on a list run by his breeder and there are a lot of pics of other dogs from his line sitting with their people and watching TV.
We don’t have satellite TV, just DVDs and streamed shows. It would be interesting if they made DVDs for dogs, to see his responses. Think I’ll go look.
>>I dont know if its possible for dogs to actually sit and watch television. When my two poochies hear a dog bark on TV they run to the window and start barking up a storm. They have no clue where the bark is coming from
what channel did they dump to make space for this?
They Preemptively dumped the Blaze....
Wait they never got the Blaze, I guess having a dog channel for actual dogs and smelly hippies to watch is more important than actual news...
Sure seems like it!
Sorry to hear that. It’s so sad when they leave us.
Thank you kindly for your thoughts. Apparently sight hounds are very suceptible to bone cancer. That said, those smitten by their incredible charm can only keep on keep on rescuing :-)
Tried it with my dogs. They stayed sleeping, while I felt like being walked around the city on a leash.
My dogs sort of watch it; but the music is great and I have noticed a real calming influence on them. I don’t like the sometimes hippy bright colors they use blob drops; but the relaxation music is good even for me. Dogs don’t always have to watch something to be influenced.
Also, the girl that keeps throwing the frisbee in the water is irritating. Even a dog gets tired of that after so many times.
Now the NSA is subverting our dogs! Can gerbils be far behind?
My dog likes to watch walking elephants.
I think the research you saw is baloney. My Jack Russel, before he went blind, would only fetch his red ball. He had 3 balls all exactly alike, those little ones with feet you get at the pet store. He would only fetch the red one.
I had a Lab who knew his toys by color, had several Kongs, blue, red and yellow. He’d get the right one when asked. If they’re “colorblind” they’re able to distinguish via some other means, scent, taste.
Given the dog’s sense of smell, there could other reasons why a red ball was his favorite. My dog loves red apples and hates green ones. It is the sweetness vs. the tartness and he can smell that in an intact apple. OTOH, his favorite toys are either green or blue and he has a bias towards anything that rolls. The toys that retain scent are always his choice when it comes to settling in for a good chew.
The research was anatomically based. They charted cones and rods in the retina. It was all done with imaging, discounting the dog’s reactions to specific items. I tend to accept it.
I still am in doubt because when I threw him a green ball or a yellow one, he would start after it and then turn around and refuse to bring it back to me. He didn’t get close enough to smell or taste it. Now that my little guy is totally blind, he doesn’t play ball anymore but his sense of smell and hearing have improved tremendously.
Worthless. Slightly more entertaining for humans than dogs.
Seriously, some dogs are actually attracted to TV. Many could not care less. I think cats like TV more. Of the dogs and cats we’ve had and known, more cats paid attention than dogs.
Dogs are red blind. They have 2-color vision, blue and yellow.
Colorful toys are for humans. I first learned of dog vision because my dog loves Aerobie Dogobie frisbees, which explained they only make yellow and blue Dogobies for dogs’ abilities.
It could simply be he likes the SHADE he sees with the red. The red probably looks different from the other colors, a gray perhaps, and he likes that better.
Or, when did you buy them? What order? Same store?
I bought the red one first and when it got lost for a while I bought the others. They were all exactly the same size and type except the color. I thought he would be happy to play ball again when I bought the green one, but no dice!
Doesn’t mean they can’t see the item, just that it doesn’t look like a vibrant color. To them it is probably more gray. If you are colorblind, it doesn’t matter what a color looks like to most normal people. Only that you are conditioned what is red, even if to normal people that would be gray. My husband is also colorblind but he understands what “red” is, even if he doesn’t see it as we do.
He likes the comfortable old one. His scent is all over it and he remembers it best.
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