The television is on and the quadruped of the house raise your earsturns his head and shows interest in different ways.
Is this a coincidence or did you actually notice what is happening on the screen and react?
Science tells us that it is no coincidence: i dogs are not indifferent to television and, in general, they are sensitive to what happens on the small screen.
A hint of how dog sight works
For humans, sight is the main sense, for dogs it is not, even the third sense (even if when it comes to understanding who they are in front of, they still rely on sight even though they do not see well). They see well from a distance and see much better what is moving than what is stationary, so much so that they are able to grasp even infinitesimal movements (which we would never be able to realize). On the other hand, they do not see well up close and from medium distances (for example, dogs already see blurry at 6 meters something that people with perfect eyesight can see at 23 meters) and see better in dim light than in full light.
A hint of how dogs hearing works
Hearing is the second sense of dogs and like the sense of smell which is the main one, it is prodigious (at least compared to the human one), it is hypothesized that they hear frequencies up to 40,000-60,000 herz. Dogs pick up numerous sounds at the same time and select the ones that interest them most and their hearing is so refined that it is said that even walls and floors speak for dogs, always, even at night.
How do dogs see images on television?
A study published in the scientific journal Animal Cognition determined that by relying only on sight, seeing only the images of dogs distinguish dogs, humans and other animals.
Scientists explain that dogs realize images that appear on television in the same way we humans do, even though, predictably, they see them differently. In fact, their sight, as we mentioned before, works differently from ours.
Dogs and television: a question of frames
Contrary to what we do, dogs see more responsively and therefore faster. They register and store images in much shorter time frames than ours, this means that they see even better modern televisions than older ones, which instead show fewer frames per second. What appears on that type of television, the experts point out, they appear to their eyes as the films of the 1920s do to ours.
Biologically, dogs have both mental and physical tools necessary to respond to what happens on television.
How dogs react to what they see or hear on television
Not all dogs Then, it is clear that everything it also depends on the dog: hearing a similar barking from a screen some bark and get excited, others run towards the television looking for their hidden “friend”, still others ignore what is happening.
Still, others appear intrigued but not enough to react in a manifest way and still others are, say the experts, desensitized on television so they realize yes what is happening but do not follow it up because they know that it is an action that remains there, closed. into something distant from them.
It is assumed that the different behavior depends on the sense which they mainly use. To be clear, it is assumed that i more smelling dogs (like hunting dogs) are less interested in the screen as they do not perceive odors and their sight is stimulated, which is a sense they use less.
On the contrary i shepherd dogs they are naturally stimulated by moving objects, they are more sensitive. Having said that, in addition to genetic predisposition and breed motivations, it is also worth bearing in mind that each dog is unique as to the way in which each reacts to what passes on the screen – whether it is running, barking, ignoring, or watching with curiosity – is greatly influenced, scientists say, by personality.
Veterinarians and scientists from the United States have also observed that dogs are influenced by the type of thing that appears on the screenThey are more relaxed if they see relaxed dogs and are activated if they see dogs moving, hunting, swimming or even just answering the sound of the bell.
Television when the dog stays home alone
To keep the dog company who stays home alone, someone leaves the television on. The idea of leaving a ‘company’ has its reasons but television is not the right tool because of the sensitivity that dogs can have to what they hear and see: there are volume changes that can annoy creatures and in the alternating programs there may be sounds and noises – for example of gunshots or thunderstorms – that can scare them, adding a further element of difficulty to loneliness.