Thanks to crafty marketing and sappy bloggers like me, the average human is just as guilt-ridden about how they treat their dog as they are about their children. To be sure, marketers LOVE it that many of us call our dogs our kids, and refer to ourselves as parents. It humanizes the animal, and prompts us to spend more money on our furry companions.
One of the ways we feel guilty is in how we leave our dogs at home alone while we’re out earning a living. But now we have Dog TV, and your guilt can be alleviated. DirecTV is offering a free preview this week, so your dog can not feel lonely while you’re at grandma’s stuffing your face.
What is DogTV? According to their website, it’s a, “…24/7 digital TV channel with dog – friendly programming scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs when left alone.” The programming stimulates a dog’s sense of hearing and vision.
Vision? Forget about it! Rumpy does not watch TV, and I’m not going to buy a TV just for him. Though the visuals are dog-friendly. Scenes are filmed lower to the ground, as though from a dog’s eye view.
Hearing? The segment on now has sounds of cars going by, sirens in the background, and the occasional whistle or yell. Other segments we have (OK, I have) watched included one with goats and another with lapping water and soft music.
Does DogTV do any harm? No, unless the $60 for a year’s worth of programming hurts the wallet.
Does it help? Well, that’s for you to decide. My personal thoughts are that if you’re buying out of guilt, you’d do better to invest in a good dog walker or daycare service. But if you’re adding DogTV as an enhancement for a dog that’s already provided exercise and stimulation, then I say go for it. Besides, DogTV does support the HSUS’ Pets for Life program, and that can only be good.
Now excuse me while I work on my kickstarter campaign for Cat TV.