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Television gone to the dogs: DOGTV

Updated on February 22, 2012

As loving pet owners, one of the hardest things we do each day is leave our furry friends home alone while we go out to work or to run errands. It can be especially difficult to leave the house if you have a dog who suffers from separation anxiety, or is extra energetic and prone to destruction when bored. Worried that their pooches might get lonely or bored, it's not uncommon for pet owners to leave the TV or radio on for their pets. The assumption is that the noise helps our canine companions feel less alone when they have to be left at home.

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DOGTV takes things a step further...

Now dogs in San Diego (access in other locations will come later) don't have to listen to the boring old radio or watch human TV programs, because cable TV has gone to the dogs. For a fee of $5 a month, dog owners can purchase a cable channel designed just for dogs. DOGTV, the new 24/7 digital channel is backed by well known pet experts and organizations such as the HSUS, ASPCA, AVMA, and famous dog trainer Victoria Stilwell. The channel was designed with the intention that it can serve as a 'babysitter' for dogs who must be left home alone. It, so far, features three types of programs. Relaxing programs are designed to calm stressed pooches, while stimulating and positive reinforcement programs are aimed to engage and stimulate dogs who might otherwise be left home alone and bored. The DOGTV website claims that their scientifically developed programming will leave your dog confident, happy, and "less likely to develop stress, separation anxiety or other related problems." So far DOGTV has created around 800 three to five minute long programs for dogs.

What do dog owners think of the new channel? So far opinions seem mixed. Some owners love the idea of having a channel designed just for dogs. Other owners feel that TV designed for dogs is a bad idea, and even that some owners may take things too far and use DOGTV to replace doing things for their dog, like taking them on walks. They argue that dogs should be able to get out and experience life, not watch it on TV, and that most well rounded, properly trained dogs don't need the TV on to make them feel comfortable when home alone. What do you think? Do you leave the TV or radio on for your dog when you leave them home alone? Would you spend $5 a month to purchase a TV channel made for dogs? Do you think some owners would depend to much on DogTV, using it to entertain their dogs rather than walking or playing with them? Do you think you're dog would even watch TV? Leave a comment below to share your opinions.

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    • JayeWisdom profile image

      Jaye Denman 

      6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Even though I know my dog will assume her routine position on the living room sofa with a clear view out the window as soon as I leave the house, I leave a Netflix movie playing in the next room anyway, one with a calm musical score, so she won't feel so alone in a quiet house.

      This may be silly (as I've been told), but I think the sound, if not the actual video, may help relieve any separation anxiety she might have with me away from home. I do this because I'm with her at home so much, and she really doesn't like for me to leave.

      When I watch a video, she usually lies on the den sofa beside me or takes the large chair that faces the TV set. Occasionally I'll notice her watching the screen as though she's entranced, but other dogs don't seem to do it. She watched a dolphin documentary with such (seeming) concentration that I've played it again for her several times.

      Go ahead...laugh! Everyone else does.

    • Dragonrain profile imageAUTHOR

      Dragonrain 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for reading :)

      My dog has never seemed all that interested in regular TV. I'm not sure if DogTV would capture his interest or not. I do leave the radio on for him when I leave him home alone, but I have a feeling it's more for my peace of mind than for his enjoyment.

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      NetBlots 

      6 years ago from Melbourne

      Oh man, if our dogs sniff another doggy on tv they go nuts!

      Totally hilarious! =D

    • Sinea Pies profile image

      Sinea Pies 

      6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Cute idea. I'm voting your hub "interesting"!

      I do think that DOGtv might be more for people, though. My dog doesn't catch onto dogs on tv, even when the dogs bark bark.

      Her predecessor, Blondie, didn't either but one day we had a documentary about lions on tv and she sat in front of the TV, fixated on it. Then she jumped up at the screen as if to protect herself...we changed the channel thinking she might break the screen or get hurt.

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