Should dogs be watching TV? Experts weigh in.

One night, when staying over at my friends’ house, I overheard laughing from the living room. “David,” one of them said, “can you catch it?” David Bowie is my one-year-old pit husky pup.

I walked into the room and saw David staring up in amazement at a bird on the National Geographic channel. The bird chirped and David cocked her head.

The bird flew to a different branch and David followed it to the other side of the screen. She was enthralled. I don’t have a TV, so I had never seen this kind of behavior from her before. We spent the rest of the night switching back and forth between Animal Planet to Nat Geo, trying to figure out what type of TV my dog would like.

It turns out, though, that there’s a lot of content being developed specifically for pets. Dog TV is one example — it’s an actual channel you can get added to your cable plan for an additional fee that was developed in collaboration with dog behaviorists to appeal to dogs’ uniquely evolved senses.

I’m not into TV, so when I finally found out about Dog TV (it launched all the way back in 2012) I was curious, but also, I was a little worried. My pets are like my children. I don’t have any children, but if I did, I wouldn’t buy them a television. I would probably let them watch TV at friend’s houses, but I wouldn’t encourage it. Should dogs even be watching TV?

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