Dogs Acquire 24/7 TV Channel

Come on, admit it. You always knew the day was coming when dogs would have their own television channel. Now, it’s a reality. Commercial and rerun-free DOGTV is currently offered to cable subscribers in San Diego, with a national launch planned in the near future. For about $4.99 a month, people gain access to content with visual and auditory aids that are tailor-made for dogs.

It seems that not only do dogs watch TV (more than 6,000 videos of them doing so presently air on YouTube) — they may even enjoy it. Nearly 50 percent of all dogs surveyed by the American Kennel Club and Iams Co. showed some interest in the small screen. According to the DOGTV’s website, research indicates that dogs feel better in the company of TV, especially when the right content is on. They state that DOGTV is “the ideal babysitter for ‘home alone’ dogs.”

The channel provides three types of programming, offering both relaxing and stimulating content in addition to positive behavioral reinforcements. Among other benefits, DOGTV claims that its programming will “meet a dog’s typical daily routine and help prevent mental fatigue, depression and boredom.” The cable channel asserts that through years of analysis, they’ve designed unique content to accommodate the specific characteristics of a dog’s sense of vision and hearing.

The large number of dog owners in the United States represent an extremely attractive specialty market. According to the American Pet Product Association’s 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey, 46.3 million dogs are owned in the U.S. Interestingly, APPA’s survey also reveals that 70 percent of dog owners view their pet as a family member or child, and that 70 percent surveyed also admit that the economy plays no role in determining how much they’re willing to spend on pets.

The great majority of dog owners want their pet to be happy and healthy, and programming such as DOGTV may be a way to enhance the lives of our four-legged friends. Whether you plan to adopt a dog from your local shelter or purchase one from a trusted source, it bears repeating that you should first consider if your lifestyle is truly suitable for dog ownership.

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Ken Y.
Ken Y.2 years ago

If your dog is watching television you don't need a dog.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin3 years ago

There's one major reason I don't have a dog: I work too much and refuse to leave a dog for more than four hours. If I can't spend most of my time with my dog, I won't have one. It's not fair to the animal. It's not an easy decision, because I love dogs, but I have to be the human and make it, because the dog can't.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

wow. because physical activity and actually PLAYING with your dog would be so difficult.

Aimee A.
Aimee A.3 years ago

Thanks for posting!

Valentina R.
Valentina R.3 years ago

lol @ those claiming that tv is "good for doggies". Have a clue.

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Nancy L.
Nancy L.3 years ago

Some doggies will love it!! So good for them!

Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Zarafonetis3 years ago

Cool! If you can afford it, go for it. :)

HELENE D.3 years ago

quite ridiculous! just to make money!

Terri B.
Terri B.3 years ago

there is something very sad about dogs staying home alone all day, all week. how about doggie day care? how about a pet sitter coming in occasionally? how about another dog or kittie as a companion? dogs are social creatures, and just as people like to have friends and do things with those friends, dogs are the same and enjoy their doggie friends also. why have a dog if you work too many hours to care for one? that makes no sense. don't get a dog if you cannot spend time with it.