DogTV review: 5 things you need to know before signing up

According to a recent study, up to 40% of dogs suffer from anxiety which is further heightened by loneliness when left alone for long periods.

This analogy triggered the inception of DogTV. Just as the name suggests, DogTV is tailored for furry friends and has many benefits if all their claims are anything to go by.

Like many people, you may be wondering whether DogTV is worth signing up for. Will your dog even sit to watch TV in the first place?

5 things to know about DogTV before signing up

Before spending your money on a DogTV subscription, here are a couple of things that you should know.

1. What is DogTV and the science behind it? 

Technology has advanced to the point that there is something to entertain almost all human beings, including dogs.

So in 2009, a bunch of scientists partnered with PETstock to launch DogTV, which aimed to show compelling, entertaining, and educative content for Dogs.

All the programs fall into three categories to suit the motions of an average dog’s day:

  • Stimulation
  • Exposure
  • Relaxation

Since we have a very different vision from dogs’, DogTV appears slightly different from other channels. For example, the colors pop more and are a bit slow.

All pictures and motions are created in a way that appeals to dogs since they have dichromatic vision meaning they only perceive color from the blue to yellow gradient.

Also, all the images are at dog eye level to make it more enjoyable for your pup.

Despite all these, not every dog follows this analogy, and some may despise the channel completely or become restless.

2. How much does DogTV cost?

DogTV review
Image: DogTV

Keeping in mind all the benefits of having a DogTV subscription, this channel is very affordable.

You have the option of either paying it monthly, which is $9.99, or paying it annually, which is $6.99 per month but will be billed collectively at $84.99 one year after your subscription date.

However, if you are a cable subscriber and have an ongoing subscription for DIRECTV, Dish, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, RCN, Sling TV, or Mediacom, you will only add $4.99 for DogTV.

In addition, both of these options come with a 7-day free trial that you can cancel anytime to avoid paying the subscription fee if at all your dog did not take to the programs. 

3. What programs are on DogTV

Since the developers of DogTV were aiming to tackle different issues with the channel, they masterfully categorized their content to make it easier for their subscribers to maneuver the site.

Here are the categories you should expect;

Programs for dogs

This is the main segment of the channel which has over 20 episodes of random dog stuff curated to capture the attention of your dog.

Most of the episodes are more than 3 hours long hence can keep your dog company when home alone for extended periods.

Specials

This segment contains shows meant to achieve a particular goal, such as to distress your dog or help it get accustomed to loud noises when fireworks.

However, there are countless episodes to choose from, no matter the goal.

Besides the aforementioned, you will also find animated episodes that you can put on to pass the time and eliminate silence so as to prevent your dog from getting lonely.

These episodes include dogs playing in a park or jumping around in the snow with their owners.

About DogTV

Here you will find basic information on the channel to help you understand which program to put on at a particular point.

Dog A-Z

This segment is dedicated to educating humans on standard solutions to dog problems and how to take care of their dogs to ensure overall good mental and physical health.

Also, there are a few entertaining programs for you, such as The Adoption Show where the parents of adopted dogs post cute videos of their dogs doing silly things or The Dog Chef, where dogs attempt to cook funny recipes, and so on.

Dogstar

The Dogstar segment features videos of dogs doing random things such as watching DogTV and encouraging your dog to do the same.

4. What are the Pros and cons of DogTV?

Dog watching DogTV
Image: DogTV

Just like any other streaming service, DogTV has its fair share of pros and cons:

Pros

These are the advantages of using DogTV:

  • Considering the amount of dog content that you can access, DogTV is very reasonably priced.
  • Most of their programs have relaxing background music for both humans and dogs.
  • It comes with a vast selection of content that educates dogs.
  • Teaches dog parents how to properly care for their dog, what they need to make nutritious meals, how to spot poor dog health, and so much more.  
  • It has a wide coverage area. You can access it anywhere.

Cons

These are the most common cons of DogTV:

  • Most of the programs have very repetitive sounds and content. Although your dog will not notice, it can be very dull for you as the dog owner. 
  • There is a high possibility of your dog getting too agitated, potentially breaking something, or hurting themselves. 
  • The site and app can be challenging to navigate as it is not very functional. It could definitely do with an update.
  • It only comes with a 7-day trial which might not be enough for you to decide whether your dog likes the channels or not. 

5. Where can you find DogTV?

It may not appear so, but DogTV has worldwide coverage meaning anyone in the world can subscribe and have access to it. Otherwise, you can also access it online via Roku and Amazon Fire Stick sites.

Additionally, cable owners can find DogTV on DirectTV, Dish, Sky, Mediacom, Net, RCN, Cox, and Comcast Xfinity.

You’ll only need an android or IOS device, you are good to go as the app is in both app stores.

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All dogs are unique in that there is no way to know whether or not your Dog will enjoy DogTV or even watch it for more than a second. This is despite all the programs being created after months of science research.

However, if your Dog takes to the channel, it can be very informative and beneficial for its overall wealth and help keep it entertained for hours on end.

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