Dogs can see a limited range of colors compared to humans. While humans have three types of color receptors (cones) in their eyes, which allows them to see a broad spectrum of colors, dogs have only two types of cones. This means their color vision is similar to red-green color blindness in humans.

The colors dogs can see include, shades of Blue and Yellow and Grays.

Sunlight and lighting conditions do affect how dogs see, but their vision is generally well-adapted for low-light conditions compared to humans.

Colors that dogs cannot distinguish well are Red, Green, and Orange.

Color Perception: Dogs have fewer cones (color receptors) in their eyes than humans, so they see fewer colors. Sunlight enhances brightness and contrast, making it easier for them to distinguish between shades of blue and yellow, which are within their color perception range.

Detail: Dogs have fewer cones in their retina, which means their ability to see fine detail and color in bright light is not as sharp as it is for humans.Rods: Dogs have a higher number of rods (light receptors) in their retinas, which are more sensitive to low light and movement. This gives them better night vision compared to humans.

Tapetum Lucidum: Dogs have a reflective layer behind the retina called the tapetum lucidum, which enhances their ability to see in the dark. It reflects light that passes through the retina back into their eyes, giving them a second chance to detect light.
Pupil Size: Dogs’ pupils can dilate more than humans’, allowing more light to enter the eye in low-light conditions.

Pupil Size: Dogs’ pupils can dilate more than humans’, allowing more light to enter the eye in low-light conditions.

Twilight and Dawn: Dogs’ vision is particularly well-suited to dawn and dusk conditions (crepuscular vision), times when many prey animals are active. This is an evolutionary advantage for hunting.
In summary, dogs see better in low light conditions, such as at night, due to the structure of their eyes, which are adapted for detecting movement and light in dim environments.

In low light, dogs are particularly good at detecting movement

Daytime: Sunlight and bright lighting can help dogs see more clearly in terms of brightness and contrast but do not enhance their limited color vision or detail resolution.
Nighttime: Dogs are naturally better equipped to see in low light, thanks to their eye structure, which includes more rods and a reflective tapetum lucidum.
Overall, dogs’ vision is optimized for a different range of conditions than human vision, favoring low-light environments where their adaptations give them an advantage.

This is good to know when setting up playtime for your puppy.

Some playtime games are: Search Games, Find it, Crate Games, Hide and Seek and Fetch. 
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