Activities For Dogs Who Like Watching TV

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Introduction

It’s usually delightful when we see our pups engaging with the television. And there are so many dogs on commercials these days, our buddies are bound to find a new friend on the screen. If your doggo enjoys the sights and sounds of the TV, you’ve come to the right place for some activities they might enjoy. Hit “paws” on your busy day for a moment, and keep reading to ensure some fun for your pet.

Dog-Centered Films

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Any Day
Free
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
TV Set or Computer
Online Movie Options or DVDs
Activity description
If you’ve noticed that your fluffy pal enjoys watching and hearing the television on a regular basis, maybe they’ll really like watching an actual, full-length film. Your pup will either love or hate the dog-centered element. Test it out, but be sure your pet doesn’t seem stressed for the duration of the movie. In fact, be present and observe their behavior during the trial run. You will notice if they’re on edge or if they’re relaxed and having a pleasant experience. So, pop some popcorn and grab a few doggie treats. Snuggle up and have a furry family movie night!
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Selection
There are so many dog-centered films and other animal movies to choose from. You might even pick a classic animation like 101 Dalmatians or All Dogs Go to Heaven. On the other hand, Homeward Bound or Air Bud may suit your pup and family better. Gather a few options and take a vote! Many movies online are really cheap or even free!
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Half the fun
Honestly, half the fun comes in watching your dog’s reaction to the events and actors/actresses on screen. You’ll, of course, follow a bit of the storyline, but it’ll be difficult to resist turning to your fur child and waiting for their reaction. Especially if they’re really into the whole thing!
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If they don't like TV animals
If your dog flips out or undergoes a meltdown, stop the film. You don’t want to stress your little companion. Maybe they simply can’t take all the excitement from seeing their kind on the screen. Dogs might enjoy watching people on the television, following their actions and listening to voices. So do whatever makes them happy! They don’t have to watch doggie movies just because they’re dogs.
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YouTube Videos for Dogs

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Any Day
Free
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
TV
Phone
Tablet
Access to YouTube
Activity description
If your dog is truly curious about wildlife and if the fact that there are squirrels running about the television screen does not bother them in the least, then dog-friendly YouTube videos might be just the thing to entertain them. This can be a great way to keep your indoor dog mentally active while you’re away for a while. You know your dog best. We do recommend not leaving them alone with the videos until after you’ve watched the videos with them. But if your buddy is truly engaged and enjoys following moving objects, people, or other animals around on the screen and isn’t too destructive or excited in the process, this could be great!
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Observe first
We want you to be careful in this activity, as with the previous suggestion. Take care, and observe your furball first. You never want to turn on videos and then depart immediately. Your pup could have a negative reaction to the YouTube channel or video. The last thing you want to do is cause them stress. And you certainly don’t want them to damage your technology or home.
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Watch several videos
Watch several “dog-friendly” videos on YouTube, and see if they’re actually a friendly thing for your pet. More than likely, if your dog likes watching TV, they’re going to love the videos. There are tons of options to choose from: squirrels, other dogs, cats, quiet videos with only movement, or ones filled with sounds like barking.
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Make videos of your dog
Your pooch may even enjoy seeing themselves on screen. So try making some home videos of your own fur baby. Compile the videos into one larger file. The video might even include you and your voice, that way when you’re away, they still have you with them. This can be comforting for your pet when you’re at work or have gone out for the evening. It can also cause problems because they hear but don’t physically see you in the space. So monitor them before leaving them alone with the video version of you.
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Family Interactive Skits

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Any Day
Free
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Costumes and Props
Script
Treats
Doggie Toys
Activity description
If your dog enjoys watching people and things appear on screen, they might also like a family interactive skit right in front of them. This can be great fun for the entire family. Make sure your pet is comfy and give them a show they’ll never forget. You can even find ways to make the skit interactive for your pet. They’ll love spending time with you, your spouse, and your kids. You might even invite other dogs and friends over for an evening of skits, toys, and treats for all! Sometimes, it’s nice to turn the TV off and engage in some old-fashioned fun.
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Make room
It’s important that you have room to move and have a good time. More than likely, you’ll be dancing or at the very least walking back and forth, moving your arms, and maybe even inviting your dog to dance or fetch a little. So be sure you’ve cleared a space for the activity and removed all breakable keepsakes from the area.
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Prepare
Get your costumes, script, and interactive segments ready. This can be a great way to get the creativity flowing among your friends and family. Divide into groups if there’s a larger crowd. Allow the pets to sit in the audience and watch (if they can stand it), and then invite them to join in at certain times.
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Lights, camera, action!
This is all about engaging your TV-loving dog, so don’t feel like everything has to be perfect. They aren’t aware if you mess up. They only know that they love you and enjoy being with you. So cut loose, laugh, and have a little fun. You could also take this party outside and perform under the trees or maybe even on the porch at night, under a spotlight.
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More Fun Ideas...

Do the Voices

This can be fun in general for the whole family. As you’re lounging around or riding on a long trip, try mimicking the voices of certain beloved television characters. Your dog will love hearing the sounds of their favorite series and films.

Matching Toys

There’s so much on the web today. So, if your pup enjoys a particular show or movie, try to find a toy of one of the characters. They’ll probably recognize that character when you toss it to them!

Conclusion

If your lovable Husky, Lab, Terrier, Spaniel, or Beagle (and the list goes on) loves TV, why not open them up to movies, videos, and skits as well? Many of them adore movement and sound, so that’s why they’re so enthralled with these activities. Give it a go, and see if it’s doggie-approved in your household today!