2020 was a year of seeking comfort—and our TV watching habits with our dogs are living proof. With 78% of Americans saying they watch TV with their dogs very often or always, and 90% saying they’re watching more TV and streaming more content since the COVID-19 pandemic began, one thing’s for sure: dog snuggles and TV go together!
This is especially true with so many staying home due to the pandemic, with 42% of pet parents saying they watch anywhere from 8 to 15 hours of TV or movies a week and 21% saying they watch over 16 hours per week! That’s a lot of TV time, but for most people, it’s also a source of comfort and opportunity to bond with their furry family members.
To dig a little deeper into this connection, we at Rover conducted a survey* of dog owners to learn more about our dogs and TV habits. Here’s what we uncovered:
Over half—nearly 60%—of respondents say their dog has a favorite TV show (and thankfully, 60% also enjoy watching their dog’s favorite show). Pet parents say their faves include Animal Planet, Wonder Woman, Euphoria, and Game of Thrones.
Everyone’s ready for some comedy: Nearly a third of pet parents listed comedy as their preferred genre for TV shows and movies during the pandemic. Action was a close second at 27%.
Dogs really do make the best company and they’ll never judge you for your viewing habits. That must be why 40% of pet parents prefer to kick back and watch TV or movies with their dogs over their partner, friends, or children.
These stats definitely got our attention:
- Roughly 57% of dog parents admit to waiting for their dog to get into the room before watching a show.
- The majority (70%) also make sure their dog is comfortable while binge-watching TV or movies, primarily by letting them on the couch and followed closely by letting them hog the blankets and moving their dog bed in front of the TV.
- Some pet parents even say they move to give their dog their spot or let their dog lay on them even if they can’t see the TV. Now that’s commitment to your dog’s comfort!
What’s a movie without snacks? The majority (72%) of dog parents also say that their dog typically gets snacks while binge-watching TV, with biscuits, bones, and dog treats topping the list.
Hate leaving your dog alone? The majority of other pet parents feel the same way, with nearly 80% of them admitting to leaving their TV or streaming device on for their dog when they aren’t home. What can we say? Wonder Woman makes them feel safe.
The majority (80%) of dog parents also say that their furry family member actively watches or reacts to what’s happening on the screen, including barking or acting like the animals on screen are real.
*Rover survey of 1,000 US-based dog owners via Pollfish in January 2021.