A Dog's World

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A Dog's World

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EXPLORING THE ANCIENT AND ENDURING BOND BETWEEN HUMANS AND THEIR FURRY, FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS

For many of us, our dog isn't a pet. They are a member of the family. But have you ever stopped to wonder how the lives of dogs and humans became so intertwined? In this fun and engaging 3-part series, narrator Tony Armstrong takes us on a journey into the extraordinary world of our beloved, four-legged friends.

Through genetics, neuroscience, behavioural and physiological research, A Dog’s World uncovers intriguing evidence that illuminates what makes dogs unique amongst animals, as well as what makes them such unparalleled companions for human beings.

A Dog’s World features interviews with the world’s top canine researchers, shining a light on dogs’ evolutionary journey, revealing their amazing super senses, as well as providing the practical advice needed to have the happiest and healthiest pooch in the park.

Episode 1, Friendship, traces the fascinating history of the human/dog relationship. Dogs were the first animal ever domesticated and this long-shared alliance has intertwined their biology with ours. This episode explores the evolution of dogs’ most powerful ‘weapon’ against us - puppy-dog-eyes, as well as studies that prove dogs can read our facial expressions and their uncanny ability to understand our emotions. Scientists reveal dogs are so uniquely skilled at understanding our gestures, that they even outperform non-human primates such as chimps. Growing research suggests that our four-legged best friends often act in ways that are more human than canine.

While we share our homes and lives with our dogs, have you ever stopped to wonder how they ‘see’ the world? The second episode, Super Senses, reveals that dogs experience life in unique and incredible ways. Dogs use smell, hearing and sight very differently from us. But thanks to recent developments in the field of canine science, we can take a journey into how the doggy mind really works.

The final episode, Happiness, explores the well-being of dogs. Research is revealing the surprising ways we can help our four-legged friends live their best possible lives. Scientists have discovered the way we train our dogs, how we communicate, the puppies we choose and even our heartbeat has a profound effect on the wellbeing of our canine companions. But what tips can we learn from this research to improve our dogs’ lives? Throughout this revealing episode, expert Animal Behaviourist, Ryan Tate, takes three untrained dogs and attempts to improve their human/dog relationships - as well as teach these old dogs some new tricks.

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WILDBEAR ENTERTAINMENT