The Secret Life of Dogs

The Dog - Man's best friend and companion for ten thousand years. But how much do we really know about our four-legged friends and where they came from? Dogs are the most diverse species of mammal on the planet - there are an incredible 340 breeds each with their own distinctive appearance, character and super-power.

Great Danes are an incredible 20 times bigger than a Chihuahua; Dobermans naturally guard us, whilst a Poodle will comfort. But why are they so different? Where in the wild did they originate? And how much do we really know about them? In this series we discover that all 340 breeds fall into three very characterful and distinctive dog tribes: the guardians, the workers, and the companions.

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Episode 1 – Man's Best Friend
Episode 1 – Man's Best Friend
With nearly a billion estimated worldwide, it's surprising that only recently have we really begun to understand the lives of our beloved dogs, with scientists just starting to uncover their emotional and intellectual genius. Through their extraordinary powers to read our emotions, take our perspective, and exceed our physical ability, our closest companions have been able to join us in all walks of life - truly earning the name man's best friend.
Episode 3 – We Are Family
Episode 2 – Working Like A Dog
We now recognize over 400 breeds of dog, each with its own fascinating, often mysterious history - in fact we've bred dogs for just about every job you can imagine; and as our modern world changes, dogs have adapted alongside us. The unparalleled cooperation between us and our dogs has led to some of the most remarkable partnerships on earth, from sheepdogs to guide dogs; and dogs bring everything from their super senses to obvious enthusiasm to all their various roles in our modern world.
Episode 2 – Working Like A Dog
Episode 3 – We Are Family
Dogs share over 99% of their DNA with the grey wolf, and yet during their more than 10,000 year history within our homes, several key features have emerged to mark them apart - most importantly the incredible bonds they can form with us. As the world's first domesticated animal, we've spent longer around our canine companions than the wheel, and as such they hold a special place in cultures around the world; in fact new science is revealing how even looking into your dogs' eyes releases love hormones in us both, just one reason our two species have grown closer than ever before...