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Nature: Dogs That Changed the World

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,862 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham narrates this NATURE miniseries about the remarkable and enduring relationship between dogs and humans, and why dogs have earned a unique and fundamental place in the human heart. More than 750 million of us share our lives with dogs. We love and cherish them. But this most adored of animal companions was once the wild and savage wolf. How did this astonishing transformation take place? In spectacular location footage, NATURE shows how indispensable certain breeds have been to their people, from the Arctic's native Inuit and their sled dogs to desert dwelling Jordanians and the speedy saluki.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Planet of the Dogs May 14, 2007
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The first time I watched this program, I was amazed at all the interesting facts I hadn't known about my three mutts, and I enjoyed the photography of dogs working and frolicking and just being dogs in such a wide variety of ways. The second time I watched, I paid closer attention, and the importance of what these scientists were saying struck me. If the reasoned speculation of this documentary is true (much of it is yet unproven) humans owe a debt of gratitude to dogs for enabling our entire culture.

Dogs were the first animals to be domesticated, and they domesticated themselves. It wasn't our doing. Of course, the wolves who chose to live near, and then with humans didn't consciously choose to create a new species, but the domestication of the dog led to all sorts of other advancements. Dogs improved our ability to hunt, using their superior senses of smell and hearing. Dogs guarded our homes. Dogs helped us domesticate other animals, such as sheep and goats. The abilities of dogs permitted us to live in harsh environments, such as the Arctic, where we could not have survived alone. And all along the way, they have been loving companions, members of our families.

The importance of this documentary is hard to overstate. First, if you take away the domestication of the dog, then we would still be hunter-gatherers, probably less than a hundred million in population, and just another insignificant animal on the planet. ( As would be the wolf.) The knowledge contained in all the books on Amazon would not have been obtained if not for the success and lifestyle changes granted to us by our association with dogs. The co-evolution of two species has made all this possible.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dogs are truly amazing January 14, 2008
I just watched part 1 of this program on PBS last night. It was so good that I decided to come to Amazon and buy the dvd. I was amazed at the historical evolution of our 4 legged best friends. I found myself saying out loud "Wow" over and over again. It's that good. It gave me a new appreciation for my dogs and also talked about the relationship humans have had with dogs from the beginning. They are amazing animals, incredibly adaptable and historically very important to the survival of the human race. I will be buying this dvd to see part 2 and I'm sure it will be equally as enlightening and entertaining as the first part. Even if you aren't a dog owner I think you could appreciate the significance of dogs in our lives and the gifts they have bestowed on us throughout time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dogs R Us June 5, 2007
This is a fascinating program following the development of our relationship with dogs. Through the same genetic information now indicating where on earth man developed and how he changed, scientists are following the dramatic changes the dog has undergone, including how special, how wondrous is the canine link to us
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Outta 5 Paws! June 14, 2012
There's only one thing I like more than a coupla hours of dogs on DVD...that's people with English accents talking about dogs! Jolly good! This well-produced delivers an interesting, balanced look at the socio-evolutionary story of man's best friend.

In an age where pets are as much an accessory as anything else, I particularly appreciated the POV regarding the genetic nature of particular breeds. So often, well-meaning adopters choose a dog without fully considering the type of dog - like workers, hunters, etc. A fast and loose decision usually becomes a dog euthanasia statistic. NoPushover gives 4 paws for DTCTW! Woof!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific and very educational show. January 20, 2008
By Jack C
One of the most informative and entertaining show that I have ever seen. I purchased 5 copies for Christmas presents for dog-loving family and friends. A copy should be in all primary and secondary school libraries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Review of Dogs Around The World October 19, 2013
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Dogs originated in Asia and are now found all over the world. We learn from sheepherders that they couldn't do their work without their dogs and from owners of sled dogs in the Arctic who totally rely on their dogs. Doctors rely on the reliability of the sense of smell of dogs to detect cancer and type 1 diabetes in their patients.
Unfortunately, many dogs have to be killed because they were trained to be vicious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informational, Two Parts July 16, 2013
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After watching in entirety and some parts twice, I have both positive and negative feelings about this video:
I learned a lot and it made me think about things never thought of before; I was able to see some types of dogs never knew about (hairless, desert hunters) and I enjoyed the graphics demonstrating dog moving (spine features, heart, etc.). But, it has only two parts and is rather short and was a little expensive in retrospect - more like something the library should have (I will probably donate to) and finally, much of the information presented is opinion-only.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice video for dog fans June 27, 2013
By Cynthia
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This is an interesting video, in two parts (one disk). There's a certain amount of fluff, but the visuals were fun, and I learned some things. There are no special features or extras included, but the DVD played smoothly. I liked the story of the family with the dog who would alert to their son's impending seizures, and the difference this had made for the boy. The demonstration of the dogs who could sniff out cancer cells in a test tube was amazing, and gives a person some hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic.
A very interesting and compelling theory is proposed that dogs were instrumental in advancing the human race beyond our hunter and gatherer stage of development. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Journey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great birthday present for a 10-year-old
Great video for adults and children of all ages. I definitely recommend for dog lovers or animal lovers in general.
Published 9 months ago by JoAnn Savory
5.0 out of 5 stars For use in MS Biotech curriculum
For use in MS Biotech curriculum - Teaches the value of dogs in present and past society. Helps guide students into a better understanding of the careers within the canine care and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative & Entertaining Film!
Good Video! Kept the Attention of my Husband & I & was well worth the money spent to Watch this Video! I would recommend this. It's definitely worth the money!
Published 20 months ago by Desert Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It was just what I needed. Using it in the classroom. It goes into the genetics and how all the breeds were produced.
Published on February 19, 2012 by BZK113092
5.0 out of 5 stars A very positive review
My wife and I found this video to be very informative and entertaining. Better than I had hoped it would be when I bought it. Read more
Published on January 22, 2012 by T. Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video to learn from
I am an avid competitor in dog bowls and I take veterinary exams when I'm only 14. This video is great if you want to learn the basic background of dogs and I highly recommend it! Read more
Published on December 25, 2011 by Sophie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Very informative! Enjoyed every minute of the two part series! I'm an avid canine lover so this one is a great addition to the DVD collection.
Published on December 12, 2011 by MrGDB
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Show
I saw this program on PBS last night and first thing this morning looked it up and purchased it here. Read more
Published on October 6, 2011 by J. Selman
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