Why does my dog bark at animals on tv

One of my favourite questions to answer is “Why does my dog bark at animals on tv”.  I like it because it provides a great opportunity to illustrate the confusion between the world we live in, and what a dog is naturally able to understand.  Let’s look at it in simple terms first:

why does my dog bark at animals on tv
Why does my dog bark at animals on tv?

Human world

  • Houses
  • Work/Business
  • Technology
  • Stress
  • Money
  • Leisure
  • Entertainment
  • Holidays
  • Religion
  • Family/Friends/Colleagues/Acquaintances
  • This list has barely even started…

Dog’s world

  • Danger
  • Food
  • Territory
  • Status within the pack

That’s pretty much it.  So everything for them gets categorised into these 4 areas.  But does this answer the question…

Why does my dog bark at animals on TV…?

To clarify.  If a dog doesn’t know what something is, it may come to the conclusion that it is a danger.  It is most worried about dangers that are in, or close to, its territory.  A dog knows that other animals will also be concerned about similar things, so they might be looking to protect or gain territory, or search for food.  So if your dog thought that another animal was coming on to your territory, it would bark at it to let it know that it isn’t welcome, and to warn it to go away.

A dog that barks at the TV thinks that these animals are either already inside your territory, or they are very close, and they need to be warned to go away.  You dog should be able to relax with the TV on, safe in the knowledge that you aren’t worried about these animals.  If your dog is barking at the tv, this means you need to convince your dog that you are the alpha of your pack.  To find out how to do that, please get in touch.

If you want to learn more about barking, please read this article: Have you got a barking dog?


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