No, this is not a belated April Fool's prank. There is an actual television channel called DogTV with programs specifically for dogs — and Discovery just invested in it. Discovery is currently structuring a partnership between DogTV and Animal Planet. That's right, someone just paid money for a partnership with a channel that has television shows for lonely stay-at-home dogs. The programming is divided into three categories: relaxation, stimulation and exposure. DogTV even has a "chief scientist," so you know it's legit: Dr. Nicholas Dodman, program director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University. Dr. Dodman performed a study before the channel's 2012 launch to determine what kind of shows should be on the channel.
But forget animal behavior experts. We here at Bustle are expert television watchers, and we also love an adorable dog, so we have some pretty good ideas about what dogs want to see on DogTV...
The Real Dogs of Central Park
Dogs can be such bitches sometimes, am I right? This reality show would follow the drama of the pampered dogs in Central Park at play. Who's sniffing who's butt? Who just got neutered? Who's having puppies? Oh no, she did not just poop there!
Barks and Recreation
Remember the episode of Parks and Recreation where April picks out everyone's dog counterpart? Basically, this show is just Parks and Recreation, recast with all of those dogs (and Donna's cat, of course). Also, there would be a lot less time spent at city hall and a lot more time spent at the actual parks.
Puppies and Collars
Basically, like Toddlers and Tiaras, but replace toddlers with dogs and replace frightening child pageants with dog shows. Although I have no confirmation that competing in a dog show is exactly like it's portrayed in Best in Show, that's what I imagine them to be like. And having both crazy stage moms and adorable dogs? That's the perfect formula for a reality show.