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Tonight I decided to watch the National Geographic program The Science of Dogs. Leo was sitting on the sofa with me when the program came on and started watching with me. He watched the entire program not taking his eyes off the TV screen. I have had dogs pay brief attention to the TV before if a dog was on the program but never had one watch intently an entire program, even the parts that had only people. When the program went off, Leo looked at me, whined and looked back to the TV as if to ask for more! then he sighed, put his head down and went to sleep. Wonder what he was thinking?

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how cute! I don't think Whimsy pays any attention at all to the tv. Sounds like it was a good program!

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That's so funny. Timmy will watch tv especially if he hears a dog, cat or something interesting. Tim will also start barking if he hears someone knock on a door or ring the doorbell. He won't watch the whole show though, something definitely caught Leo's attention. Does he watch other shows or just this one? Mae is very funny and pretty focused for being so young, if I'm watching a video from the forum and she hears whining or barking she'll run right over and look at the screen, she's a busy body.

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It was a very interesting program. Leo hadn't ever watched other shows. If we're watching and a dog barks in the program he will look or sometimes bark but this program he watched intently as if he understood and was interested. Silly I know but his reaction to the program was fascinating!

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Mae sounds like a lot of fun and she and Timmy make a cute pair. I love watching dog's individual " personalities" come out as they mature. Having shared my life with so many dogs over my lifetime has been a blessing! I continue to be amazed by them.

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How funny! I think Leo was thinking, "Can you turn it back on again please? Oh well, I'll just wait."

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too cute, yeah Molly likes to watch too.

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Emmie likes to watch TV too but starts barking if she sees/hears a dog onscreen or if someone knocks on a door. This also happens when I'm watching videos on my laptop. I'll have to take a picture of her one day when she's sitting in front of the TV with her head tilted up to the big screen. -Jeanne-
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Brody sometimes watches. Usually a sound captures his attention and then he'll sit down and just stare at the screen.

He goes berserk though when he hears monkey noises or babies crying. He went bonkers when I tried to watch season 5 of Doc Martin!

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This is an interesting topic. I wish I knew what makes them pay attention to the TV or not. Dixie watches intently. Mason shows absolutely no interest. Dixie is one that will gaze intently into your eyes though... i wonder if this is related. I hope I can find this show on demand. I plan to watch with them!

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