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New DirectTV channel goes to the dogs

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Some dogs seem to enjoy being couch potatoes just like their masters. In fact, many owners claim their dogs are transfixed by the TV, while others admit they always leave the TV on for their pooches when they are not home.

"Sometimes we leave Animal Planet on for him when we leave," dog owner Bethany Hand says.

Now there's a 24-hour TV channel just for dogs: DOGTV. According to, the scientifically-developed programming is designed to comfort "home alone" dogs with images and sounds that relax, stimulate, and habituate them to domestic life.

"I would try it to see how they deal with it, absolutely," another dog owner told our cameras.

Janice Triptow, a dog behavior specialist, isn't convinced.

"I think it's more for the people. For them not to feel guilty they left their dog home," Triptow says.

Triptow says there is no evidence dogs understand what they are watching and that their lives will improve as DOGTV claims.

"There are some dogs who will react and respond to the TV," Triptow says. "They might paw at the screen, they might stare at it, they might bark. It will illicit certain responses from dogs, so there's something. Wouldn't we do better with a 10 minute walk?"

But most dog lovers seem willing to try anything to make sure their pooches are happy.

New technologies like digital and high-def TV have changed the way dogs perceive images and DOGTV says it is also altering colors for the animals.

One million subscribers in San Diego have had access to DOGTV since last year. The network will be launching nationwide on August 1 through DirectTV. Subscribers will be charged $5 dollars a month.

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