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Old 10-25-2013, 09:56 PM
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Cynder couldn't care less about what is going on in regards to the television. Abrams, however, is a different story.

If I'm watching something, he will often stop what he's doing (typically chewing on a bone) and stare at the TV in fascination. I'm not really sure what exactly grabs his attention, but when it does, he is mesmerized. He'll also respond to sound and go up to the speakers with his head cocked, trying to figure out what it is. Again, I can't really figure out what triggers him, but it is freaking cute when he does so. He will watch dogs with unwavering attention and will also respond to their vocalizations.

And, funnily enough, he reacts if I pause the TV when it is zoomed in on a person or their face. He'll be walking by without a care in the world, then look up and see the person and start barking like, "Whoa! How did you get here? Mom! Something is wrong!" This evening I had paused it while watching Once Upon a Time and it was frozen on a profile shot of Mr. Gold. I stepped into the bathroom and no sooner had I put my pajamas on Abrams was barking at the TV, horribly insulted that Mr. Gold was standing in his livingroom. Once I played the episode again he lost all interest in the people.

Granted, we have a big TV and it is on a stand that puts it about eye level with Abrams...but I just find his reactions amusing! How does your dog react?
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:59 PM
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Ha, Abrams sounds so entertaining. Wesley couldn't care less. Feist hasn't seen much TV, but when she has, she watches it. She's paid attention to sports and was very alert throughout watching perks of being a wallflower, lol.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:03 PM
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Juno used to "watch" TV all the time and tilt her head back and forth to the strange noises. She doesn't really seem to care about it anymore, though.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:11 PM
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Journey watches TV sometimes. With animals or without. She just likes things that move I think, and the TV has moving things, so it holds her attention. She's very casual about it though. Not intense at all.

Ripley used to react to dogs on TV by barking and growling at them. It was really annoying, especially because I actually like watching shows with dogs. He seemed to grow out of it... I actually forgot he ever even did that until just now. It must have stopped a while ago.

Dance and Keira don't acknowledge the TV at all and never have.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:25 PM
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Frodo, never.

Siri...an annoying amount. Any time there is a bird or dog on the television OMG! She stands on two legs and growls at the tv, will jump on the table and stand there to watch. She will also just lie down and watch it like a human, but as soon as there is a bird or dog on the television then there is a big to-do about it!
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:29 PM
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Art never does.

Talon all the time! he will sit and watch tv with us all the time. if there is an animal in tv he runs up to it to try and sniff it. the first few times he saw a dog on tv he was so confused. He scored the tv, then looked behind it, then looked at the tv, then back behind it again.lol
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The dogs don't react at all but one of our cats is very interested in helicopters on TV. Mikey will jump on the arm of the nearest chair and watch intently until it goes off screen. He's more interested in the larger military style helicopters.
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...If I'm watching something, he will often stop what he's doing (typically chewing on a bone) and stare at the TV in fascination. I'm not really sure what exactly grabs his attention, but when it does, he is mesmerized...
Caleb does that, too. Sometime he follows what's going on. I don't know which was better- the time there was a little girl crying on the Today Show, and he walked up to the tv and put his nose on her face, or the time I was watching a bucking bull auction and he looked back and forth from me to the tv whining when the bucking dummy came off the bull's back. That's when I realized he not only watched bullriding with me, but knew the cowboys either got up and left the arena or somebody went to them when they come off.

Then there was the time I was watching a duck hunting show. He marked the duck as it fell
from the sky, and when the hunter released his dog to retrieve it, Caleb started a leap towards the tv.

And when I watched "It's Me Or The Dog"? Oh, my! The looks I got from him! Especially when there were dogs jumping onto tables or peeing and pooping all over the floors. He had a total look of shock on his face
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I've started using the surround sound more now that we the HD tv. Somethings he reacts to, some he doesn't. Just last night there was some weird sound on bull riding that had him jumping straight up and down barking at the back door with all the hair on his back up.
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Rocky doesn't have any interest in the tv, except when the Art Attack host was on (it's a kids craft show with a British host). For some reason whenever this poor British guy is on tv Rocky acts like he wants to maul him.

Baxter loves watching tv. He'll sit on your lap and just stare at the tv most times. He really loves movies though. If the movie gets too scary or intense he hides his face in your arm and if it gets to a sad part he covers his eyes with his paw and whines. He's very dramatic.
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Jubel doesn't watch tv but will often react to doorbells on TV. He usually doesn't react as strongly as to the real doorbell but 90% of the time he'll at least let out a light chuff. If he was dead asleep he's more likely to jump up and bark about it.

Sometimes if I'm watching animal cops or some other dog related show he mildly reacts to barking. Looks at the TV, maybe a head tilt. The only other times he pays attention to the TV is jumping up when he hears the electric click of the TV being turned off, "we going some place? Time for bed?" Excitement. Or power/cable issues and the TV makes static/snow noises, he'll go up to the speakers and investigate those sounds.
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