Our friends at The Three Sisters are supporting Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home at their Doggie Cinema this month – so our Education Officer has shared a few tips for anyone planning to head along, or even those looking to share in a great film with their furry friend at home!
Beethoven. Scooby-Doo. Bolt. Air-bud. Lady and the Tramp. There’s certainly no shortage of movies featuring famous dogs, and each one of them (and, quite frankly, most other movies) would make a great watch with your canine companion – whether you’re planning on heading along to The Three Sisters’ Doggie Cinema or just planning a movie binge at home!
Watching a movie with your pup can be a great way to bond with them. Many pets relish time with their humans and will likely love the opportunity to chill out on the couch while Show Dogs plays in the background (depending on how critical they are – it only got 3.4/10 on IMDb, after all). However, watching a flick with Fido can be a different experience than with a fellow human, so here’s a few #DTipsTips for making it an enjoyable experience for all!
21 Jump Treat
One of the best parts the cinema-going experience (in my opinion, at least) is the snacks that so perfectly pair with a good movie. Whether it’s popcorn, ice cream or a bag of Maltesers, our favourite options often aren’t the best for our dogs. They can be surprisingly sneaky in their search for snacks, and a moment of distraction or a dropped piece of candy could be bad news for their stomach.
Be sure to not leave treats unattended, and always avoid feeding something to your pet that you’re not sure about. Chocolate, anything sweetened with xylitol, dairy, and many more of our favourite human treats, if fed to our pets, could put a sudden (and potentially stinky) end to the movie.
Bored of the Rings
Getting caught up in the midst of a great action sequence can quite easily captivate us, but given our pets don’t share our language, Mission Impossible may not have them sitting on the edge of the sofa. Movies of a certain length – Lord of the Rings, anyone? – might cause your dog to get restless, too.
Your best bet? Try getting a good bit of exercise with them earlier in the day, or just prior to the movie. Then they’ll likely welcome the chance to sit down and relax for a while. Don’t be surprised if they start to snore right as the movie’s getting good, though.
Certain genres are more guilty of causing frights than others – cheap scares and sudden bursts in sound are a staple of a good thriller. However, even the most unexpected movies can frighten, or get a reaction out of our dog. With much more sensitive hearing than us, certain high-pitched sounds or other animal noises might excite our pets to the point where they jump up, bark, start howling, or go exploring for the source of the sound. This is a completely natural response, and can be managed with a little reassurance, and may be aided by dropping the volume a couple points.
This one’s obvious – if your dog looks like he might need to use the bathroom, just hit the pause button. It’s not worth the risk.
The Three Sisters’ Doggie Cinema is being held on October 7, 14 and 21 – and they’ve kindly offered to use these events to help raise funds for and awareness of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. Our team will be along to each screening, be sure to come say hello if you’re joining us!
More information about the screenings can be found on the Facebook event page.