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So we are bringing our puppy home very soon, and of course I'm starting to over-think everything and worry about making mistakes, not having everything set up just right, etc. I know it will all work out, but I may be posting here a lot over the next few weeks.

My random question for now is: Do we have to worry about what TV shows we are watching that the puppy can hear/see? It's not like we're watching anything crazy, but my husband likes to watch movies and they often have some scary or violent parts. Do dogs pick up on this stuff? Are they bothered/scared by it? Or do they sort of ignore the TV content?

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Good question! Shama goes BERZERK when any animal is on our TV. She rushes the TV barking like a maniac and tries to find the intruder. If I could do it over again, I would try to engage her attention whenever the TV is on in the hopes of her not noticing or caring about animals being on TV. Or maybe I would watch the Kikopup videos on youtube that give discouraging unnecessary barking advice. You still have time to watch her videos. Of course, we can still do something about Shama, but we haven't done it yet, and it's only going to get harder. It is very hard to distract her at this point. I would definitely watch your TV with your volume as low as possible. Of course, you'll have to crank up the volume to be louder than your dog's barking if that happens, sigh . . . Good luck! Please let us know what happens.

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My dog has never paid any attention to what I am watching on tv. She will bark sometimes if she hears the doorbell from the Swiffer commercial! She is however very sensitive to the sound coming out of the soundbar we have. We have been unable to use it because she starts shaking when it was on. The normal tv speaker is ok. Maybe the surround sound and deep base noise are just too much for her.



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Pixel went through a phase of alerting if she saw dogs on the TV when she was an adolescent. The other two pay no attention. But I don’t tend to watch “blow ‘em up, blast ‘em ups” so I have no idea whether they would react to that.


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My dog has never paid any attention to what I am watching on tv. She will bark sometimes if she hears the doorbell from the Swiffer commercial! She is however very sensitive to the sound coming out of the soundbar we have. We have been unable to use it because she starts shaking when it was on. The normal tv speaker is ok. Maybe the surround sound and deep base noise are just too much for her.
Oh yes! The Swiffer commercial and “Wheel of Fortune” BOTH set my dogs off... the whole bunch of them.


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Same here with doorbells. They love to bark at horses and other dogs. We have watched "Best in Show" together twice and they really were upset with the onscreen terriers but did not mind the hound.

I think they perk up at the music but sleep through most of it, as any thinking person should also do.

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This is going to sound crazy, and I am sure was really bad parenting, but if we were leaving the house when Oreo was a baby pup, I would set his crate in front of the TV, and put on Nick Jr. and give him his Kong stuffed with peanut butter. I figured if young humans liked the colorful cartoons, that young dogs might too. I would come back home and if he wasn't sleeping, he would be watching TV intently. He never had any separation anxiety, and I am convinced it was from having Nick Jr. keep him company. He doesn't seem to pay any attention to TV now unless he hears a dog bark or a doorbell ring, etc..

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if we were leaving the house when Oreo was a baby pup, I would set his crate in front of the TV, and put on Nick Jr. and give him his Kong stuffed with peanut butter. I figured if young humans liked the colorful cartoons, that young dogs might too. I would come back home and if he wasn't sleeping, he would be watching TV intently.
That's a really cute image. Shama listens to classical public radio while we're at work. You'd think that would make her a calm dog . . . DH wanted me to point out that sometimes she just watches the action on TV (I put a photo of her watching "Lucky Dog" in one of the forum threads . . .)
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I put Christian radio on or Classical for Tucker when I leave the house.

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Link is a TV watcher. He'd growl and sometimes a little bark at suspicious looking man on TV, in addition to animals, dog barking, door bell on the tube. It's not necessary noise (beside the mentioned barking and doorbell) that catch his attention. We watch plenty of action shows with explosions/gun shots/screaming and he never care about those.

TV does not exist for Zelda.

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