10-16-2009, 09:30 AM
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They used to say that dogs could not see TV. But it's garbage-dogs can, and many do respond.
My parent's dog Mandy will respond to a frozen (paused) image of an animal with no sound on. She is obviously seeing the animal. She also responds to CG dinosaurs, and any violence in movies. She actually bites at the screen.
You could try several different things, and it just depends on the results you want.
For Mandy, we didn't want the TV ruined or it falling on her. So we anchored the TV's so they couldn't tip, and taught her to get a toy if she was going to go 'nutz' at an animal. So she will go get a chew toy, and come back to the TV and attack the chewtoy in her mouth, while watching the screen.
If you want your dog to be quiet, you will want to condition him to be quiet. So you'll have to teach the command 'quiet' or 'shut up' or whatever you like. First start by teaching 'speak' -then when he's speaking, teach 'quiet' and praise for him quieting. (Teaching speak is easy, get a treat, give the command -again whatever you want it to be, then wait. Your dog will eventually bark to tell you he wants the treat-then give it to him and praise. Any dog I've taught this to learned in minutes).
The other route you could go is conditioning him not to respond. So when he goes crazy at the TV, correct him. You can do this by shouting no and clapping your hands, you could use the mysterious noisy can (Tape a pop can with some pennies in it shut-when he barks at the TV toss it near him. It's noisy and will stop the behavior, and the correction 'did not come from you' -this works for dogs who get upset getting corrections from their owners. They just learn some mysterious loud thing will be loud if they are bad) or you spray with water. -be consistent with the conditioning and he should stop the response fairly quickly, or at least stop barking.
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