Why all dog audio and TV shows don't work for every breed
If there's a bird or a bunny around, I get an automatic bicep workout
This featured image is fascinating to me. The mountain, the water and the boat are pretty, but that’s not what is catching my attention. I did a double take because the dog is turned away from the bird, as if (s)he has something else better to look at. Meanwhile, my own dog growls, barks and grabs her favorite Woof rubber stick to bite down on—hard—whenever this Liberty Mutual commercial comes on. I keep waiting for her to get used to the sounds of birds, but her reaction is the same every single time.
She’s a squirrel-chasing, rabbit-hunting, bird-stalking Hound mix. And as well-behaved as she is during off-leash training, I am fully aware of how challenging it will be if wildlife is too close. I already know what will catch her attention and keep it there—any moving, living thing.
Interestingly, when she was a puppy, I tried turning on dog television shows to keep her attention and avoid pet separation anxiety. In front of me, she stares at any dog or person passing by, loves running in sand and gazes at the water. However, she couldn’t give a damn about a dog beach scene on a television screen.
Recommended Read: “When one dog has pet anxiety and the other doesn’t ~ Six lessons learned for handling dog separation anxiety”
Still, when Earn Your Leisure co-hosts Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings interviewed Amman Ahmed, I was sold on giving dog television a second shot with “Relax My Dog.” It had been months since I tried a dog television show. Maybe she changed her mind about them. She clearly had beef with insurance commercials! So, here’s what happened.