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Features February 2015 Issue

Canine TV Watching On the Rise

No doubt about it — Frisco enjoys watching TV.

Canine TV Watching On the Rise

Tastes veer from crime shows to kids’ shows to Animal Planet.

Carol Goldstein of Englewood, Colorado, just didn’t get why some dogs in her life couldn’t have cared less about television while others have seemed positively addicted to it. “My daughter’s dog, Frisco, a one-year-old Labradoodle, loves to watch TV,” she wrote. “He barks at other dogs or horses that appear on the screen and sometimes becomes upset if there is a show with violence. He will run around the room and act nervous. I myself have always had dogs, and none of them have ever shown even the slightest interest in the TV. Can you explain why this cute little guy behaves that way when other dogs do not?”

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