Fresh from the “it could only happen in America” files, comes a television channel just for dogs. Called (appropriately enough!) “Dog TV”, it is a dedicated 24 hour channel available not for humans to watch – but for dogs to watch. That’s right – not for humans to watch shows about dogs, but for dogs to watch shows….about dogs we assume.
The team at pups4sale has been brainstorming about what shows might be on such a channel….perhaps “Bad cats” containing feline crime stories, maybe endless syndicated re-runs of SBS’s “Secret Meat Business”, or perhaps Lassie as the weather presenter on the 7 o’clock news; one bark for rain and two for fine?
Although based in America, Dog TV does stream their channel online, so provided you have $8-$11/month to spare and the available bandwidth, your dog could theoretically sit there in front of a screen, watching…getting fatter…watching…getting fatter…24 hours a day. Call us old-fashioned, but a brisk walk, including the occasional game of fetch or chasey sounds a lot better for the health of both human and dog than plonking Rover down in front of the tube whilst you go and rustle up some popcorn, dog biscuits and soft drink for you to share together over episodes of Rin Tin Tin.
The blurb from Dog TV says their shows, “…stimulate, entertain, relax and habituate dogs with shows that expose them to various movements, sounds, objects, experiences and behavior patterns, all from a dog’s point of view.”
Excuse our naiveté, but doesn’t a walk do that?
There are some situations where this offering could prove useful; for people living in locations regularly subject to extreme weather conditions; where the owner is physically disabled and so on. However for the most part we fear that Dog TV will be used as an excuse by lazy dog-owners to avoid their responsibility to exercise their dogs.
What do you think? We’d love to hear your comments below.