Here’s a fun activity for you and your dog.
Turn on the following YouTube video, preferably on your biggest screen and plop your dog down in front of it?
Does Fido watch?
A Dog Tale: A Movie for Dogs is a short film created by a team of film students at Michigan’s Grand Valley State University. Experts, including scientists, trainers and dog owners, helped the students to include many elements known to stimulate dogs and presented in an attention-generating (to a dog) way.
The only problem: YouTube isn’t smell-o-vision. As his most powerful sense, scent is how a dog “sees” the world.
This was obvious when we showed the movie to our dogs, on the biggest screen in our house. The animal sounds, squeaky toys and red fox flitting across the screen did not cause Scooby, Luke or Charlie Machete to do more than twitch an ear.
Visual media developed with dogs in mind will always be limited in its impact.
(However, that didn’t stop DOGTV, a paid streaming TV channel for dogs, from being created.)
Check out what else the students learned in the short “dogumentary” that accompanies the film.