Getting the picture

By Connie Orcutt • Published: January 1st, 2014
Category: Animal Airwaves

If you’re the proud new owner of a high-resolution digital TV, you may have noticed that your canine companion is interested too.

Your older television could only display screens at a rate of 60 frames per second, which produced a blurry image for your sharp-sighted canine companion. But high-resolution TVs have a faster rate of resolution, and dogs see a clearer picture. Instead of your dog ignoring the televised action, you might just notice your furry friend reacting to the movement on screen.

As you can imagine, pet owners aren’t the only ones who’ve taken notice. Television programmers have already set up canine-purposed channels claiming to cater to a dog’s sensitive vision while stimulating their natural behaviors.

The question is, will television become a pooch-worthy pastime? Or are we just grooming a generation of couch pup-tatoes?