Animal consciousness is not being aware of what's on the TV or in the news. It doesn't work that way. It's about seeing the importance and recognizing it, sometimes without knowing what it's (life) is all about.
We all have pets we talk to. We even believe they understand us. Is it only extended to our pets? I remember watching a National Geographic episode, which took place around a watering hole. There were many kinds of large and small animals. Elephants, for one and turtles, for two. In this case there was a small turtle beneath a large elephant. As the elephant began to move forward, one would have thought that the elephant would have simply crushed the small turtle without care or concern. Instead, the elephant carefully and determinedly, stepped around the turtle, careful not to crush it.
Two completely different species. One acknoweledges the other and gives life. Consciousness is not just being self-aware, it is also being 'other-aware'.
Maybe the above is just a cute photo. But even if just a game, the dog participated. And got a result.
We attribute more awareness to our domesticated pets. But the truth is they have no reason to be more aware than their distant 'wild' relatives.