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Q: Does your dog go nuts?

October 28, 2012 | By Ches21 | 2 answers | Expired: 628 days ago

Ches21

every time there is an animal on tv Abby goes nuts does your dog go nuts do you know why she does this she will go to the tv mainly for puppies and kittens and sniff of the tv screen and then walk around the tv sniffing everywhere and going nuts by running around whining and looking for the puppies and kittens we think she might have been seperated from her last litter of puppies too soon before the high kill shelter picked her up and then the rescue got her but if she sees real puppies usaully she growls and barks at them what is she doing she wags her tail and likes the puppies on tv but not the real ones but she always likes kittens no matter what does anyone know why she does this?

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Anonymous

Oct 29, 2012

Because of the anatomy of a dog’s eyes, the dog cannot tell what an object on the screen actually is. They're more attracted to movement and shapes than actual objects. Animals move more erratically than humans typically do on tv or elsewhere, so Abby is probably reacting to the movement on the screen as many dogs and cats will. A dog's most sensitive sense is their nose. SInce tvs don't emit scent, Abby does not associate what she sees on tv as a living puppy or kitten.

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Kelly
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Oct 29, 2012

One of my dogs "watches" tv. I also have a cat who chases puppy tails, kittens, and balls on tv, but like Karen suggested, they're not seeing what we see. Movement and shapes are capturing their attention and when they see something disappear off the side of the screen, they'll naturally look for it in the area where it appeared to be heading. Their depth perception is also not as acute as ours which would make it difficult for them to actually see what we're seeing on tv. Dogs have fewer cones (color vision cells) than we humans do so they don't see the range of colors that we do. On the other hand, they have lots more rods (light and motion sensors) so they see movement and flickering light better than we do. They can actually see each individual frame of a program where we see a continuous, flowing program. Instead of getting excited about animals, it's the movement that gets her attention. She may also be responding to the sounds as a dog's hearing is much more sensitive than ours. My dog "watches" animals on tv even though she doesn't like other animals. She "watches" puppies and she's never had a litter. She also "watches" sports as long as there is lots of movement. It's more likely that she's reacting to the movement and the sounds she hears.

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