Did you know that some dogs LOVE watching television? So much, in fact, that DOGTV is about to enter your living room – if you have cable, that is.
The cable network, premiering nationwide soon (and currently available in San Diego), is supposed to be geared toward the dog that spends his day alone. You know; to keep your otherwise lonely puppy company while he sleeps on the couch for most of the afternoon. Or at its best, maybe it will keep him from chewing up your favorite couch (table, rug, favorite sweater – I’m sure you’ve seen these casualties before). Check out the whole concept here on Dogster.
But I’ve gotta ask, does your dog watch TV? I’ve had several dogs, of all different breeds in my lifetime, and only one has ever even given the television set a second glance. Rooster, our current poodle mix (who also, consequently, is fascinated by his own reflection in the mirror – is that another dog in there?), is glued to the set whenever another dog makes an appearance. He’ll bark, whine, beg – like this other canine is right in the room with us. Not to mention what happens when a squirrel makes an entrance. Would watching this sort of programming really settle him down while I’m out of the house? I’m not so sure. But if some televised “relaxation” shows could keep his attention while I used the terrifying and evil vacuum cleaner in the next room? Well, I’d sign up for that!
What do you think? Is your lab a wannabe couch potato? Or is he apt to be riled up by the mere sight of a TV-star animal? Would you subscribe to DogTV?
I’ll be thinking about it… until next time,
LLL Intern, Dog Television skeptic, but a definite Dog Lover