Dogs’ vision is a popular topic, but what can we actually know about their vision?

Between camera filters and clickbait, the digital world is rife with misleading information about how dogs see the world. In this short film from the YouTube series Howtown, American reporter and producer Adam Cole attempts to separate the fact from the twisted fiction about dogs’ vision. By combing through the scientific literature with a team of experts, he uncovers some truly fascinating insights into how dogs perceive colour and depth, and how sight and smell are intertwined in a dog’s mind. His investigation also offers an illuminating look at the tools scientists currently have to understand the inner worlds – or ‘Umwelts’ – of non-human animals, as well as the limitations we may never be able to overcome.

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