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Do your dogs watch tv?

Perry doesn't act like he's watching TV all the time, BUT if an animal appears for more than a few seconds, even if the sound is off or they haven't made a noise yet, you realize that he's been paying attention to it while he's been doing other things, the whole time.

He doesn't care about people on TV or most anything else - but animals that's when the attention peaks. If it's a program all about animals then he can sit there and stare for long periods of time. In the past he would pay attention to the dogs on TV (once he even ran outside - think he thought the TV was a window). Another time he would sit and watch the dogs (it was a show on rescue animals) but every time the capybara came on he would bark at it.

My husband and I were laughing at him yesterday... we were watching a documentary on Nat Geo... there were leopards, monkeys, antelope-like animals, some wolves. Perry's reaction seems to indicate that he finds some interesting and some (usually the predators) a little concerning. Those that are just interesting (antelope, some of the monkeys) would see him stopping what he was doing, ears perked up and attention was firmly on the TV (but still lying down)... the concerning ones (leopard, wolves) usually resulted in sitting up, staring intently at the TV AND, if they were fighting or growling or something, then some sort of whining sound from Perry (same reaction when the monkeys were fighting) and occasionally moving a little closer to my lap . He clearly thought they were a threat.

So, I'm curious - do your dogs watch TV?
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My dog likes to cuddle up next to me when I watch movies on my laptop. Strangely, when I am on the couch watching TV, he isn't very loving.. Maybe he prefers the bed? He's cute anyway.

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Shama frequently reacts to animals (any animal, but especially dogs) and people (not sure how she decides who to bark at) on TV by barking ferociously and charging the TV. She'll go around the back of the TV trying to find the intruder. It's cute and funny but also pretty annoying when we're trying to watch (and hear!) a show.

In general, she barks much more than we thought she would, especially given the reputation of the Havanese for not barking as much as other small, yappy dogs. One of these days, I'm going to take serious action to figure out how to reduce her barking . . .

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Kosmo and Zoe both react to dogs on television. When I play a video of themselves playing, they watch intently. Yes, Kosmo will bark at the animals onscreen, but a soft inquisitive bark, like "come play". Just this week Zoey got a deep bark to show her assertiveness. Too funny. She hears the children waiting outside for the school bus while we are in the city, and so she lets me know she wants to wait with them. I can't indulge her, afraid approaching a group of small children with a puppy in tow might result in a call to the police. Okay, probably not.

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My golden retriever ignored tv except for horses. If a horse came on the screen she'd be captivated until it disappeared and then would lose all interest again. Dogs held no interest at all. I have no idea why horses fascinated her on tv.
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So funny when they watch tv and what different ones react to. There is a havanese named Buster on FB who in many of his photos he is just sitting there glued to the set.

I used to think Sophie was watching tv since she'd stare at it sometimes (while we're in bed so she's just laying there anyway) until I realized it was what was laying on the dresser next to the tv she was hoping for. Socks, etc.
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Henry's favorite movie is Seabiscuit. He loves it.
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Zelda does not but Link does. He'd would growl at suspicious looking men in shows, and watch any animals on screen.

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One night, when Penelope had first come to live with us, we were flipping through the channels and one of Sia's videos came on.
Penelope's eyes were glued to the tv and she started barking non-stop!
Not sure if that means she liked it or not...

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Leo and Rex will watch TV when there are animals on but are not interested in other programming.
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