After giving Mylo a quick bath today, I thought I’d find more ways to stimulate Mylo by seeing if he enjoys any TV content. There has been the odd occasion in his doggy like when I have played one of those super cute puppy YouTube videos posted on Facebook when Mylo has shown only a mild interest, well, for a few seconds anyway.
So I searched for more dog YouTube videos, with lots of barking and howling, with big dog images and proceeded to see if Mylo would take any interest over his afternoon nap(s).
The result? Mylo didn’t even bat an eyelid. With a rating of 1 to 10 of interest shown, he probably scored a 1.5, because his flappy ears twitched for a nanosecond when he heard a puppy howling, and that was probably because I turned the volume to max and placed the speaker right next to him.
So do dogs watch TV? Many YouTube videos will tell you they do, with images of dogs mesmerized watching the big screen. This has convinced one or two companies to release TV channels especially for dogs.
Some research shows that dogs’ eyes just cannot pick up the 55Hz refresh rate of our TVs.
“The fact that dogs have better flicker perception than humans is consistent with the data that suggests that they have better motion perception ability than people. It also answers a commonly asked question as to why the majority of dogs don’t seem to be interested in the images on the television-even when those images are of dogs. The image on a standard television screen is updated and redrawn 60 times per second. Since this is above a human’s flicker resolution ability of 55 Hz, the image appears continuous and the gradually changing images give us the illusion that it is continuous. Because dogs can resolve flickers at 75 Hz, a TV screen probably appears to be rapidly flickering to dogs. This rapid flicker will make the images appear to be less real, and thus many dogs do not direct much attention to it.”
In the meantime, here’s Mylo taking another afternoon nap: