Dogs tuning in to digital TV

Thursday, 18th August 2011

A number of pooches may enjoy eating their dog food in front of the box just like their owners do, as new research shows canines enjoy watching TV.

According to the Daily Mail, research by Digital UK has revealed that the average dog can sit happily for 50 minutes every day watching their favourite shows.

When it comes to the types of programmes, pooches favour soaps, such as EastEnders and Coronation Street, over football.

Chris Laurence, veterinary director of the Dogs Trust, said: "The way digital is delivered seems to make it easier for dogs to watch.

"We've thought for some time that dogs love watching telly to relax."

Labradors were found to be the breed with the squarest eyes, watching up to two hours a day.

Vivien Morgan, London manager for Digital UK, said: "Digital switchover will affect all types of viewers, even four-legged ones. Everyone needs to get digital on all their TVs before analogue is turned off, or find themselves in the doghouse."

Dogs Trust was keen to note, however, that dogs should not be left alone with the TV on all day as they need human interaction.