Emily Gruberdoodles | Chicago Reader

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Re: “What happened when my dog watched DogTV

I stand with those in favor of DogTV. You do have to own an HDTV. Old sets can look like a lot of flashing or a bunch of nothing to a dog. I will say that my Meadow (Wire Hair Pointing Griffon) LOVES DogTV. She watches is and reacts to it all of the time. My Luna (Berger Blanc Suisse) rarely watches it and tends to only be interested when the pelicans and pink flamingos come on. My dogs are best friends but vastly different dogs. Luna will chase her tail and a laser or a reflection - Meadow doesn't understand what she is doing when she is doing it. Their reaction to DogTV surprised me a lot because Meadow is more sent driven and Luna is more visual and yet it is Meadow who glues herself to DogTV for hours, wandering around the house during the "active" programs and sits on the couch and stares during the relaxation period. For a long time she even tried to figure out if she could figure out where the images in the screen where coming from. She would look behind the TV, out the window the TV was positioned next to, up the stairs which is on the other side of the wall from where the TV sits now. She has her favorite images, and even playfully whines at some of the dogs, squirrels, rodents, and birds. She even has a few she does not like and will bark at two of the children that are seen regularly (it used to be more and Meaodw is not a fan of children after being bullied by a roommates child while I was at work... I moved out) but I believe the children are actually helping Meadow cope with her issues. Where she used to bark and get into an aggressive stance at the TV she is now actually able to be on a leash near real children as long as they do not turn to approach her. Baby steps, but the programming has helped her. She doesn't care for the woman who tells the boxer to sit, stay, etc... but each to their own. The point is, the show is entirely interactive for Meadow and I could not have expected as big of a reaction out of her. She loves 98% of the programming with the exception of which I noted above. Different dogs will react differently and different TV sets are going to perform differently. You can check out what they recommend at the Direct TV DogTV site.

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Posted by Emily Gruberdoodles on 07/16/2014 at 12:12 PM

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