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Nova: Dogs Decoded

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040QYRS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,966 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Dogs have been domesticated for longer than any other animal on the planet and humans have developed a unique relationship with these furry friends. We treat our pets like a part of the family and feel that they can understand us in a way other animals can't. Now new research is revealing what dog lovers have suspected all along: Dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. Humans in turn respond to dogs with the same hormone responsible for bonding mothers to their babies. How did this incredible relationship between humans and dogs come to be? And how can dogs so closely related to fearsome wild wolves behave so differently? It's all in the genes. DOGS DECODED investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs-with big implications for the evolution of human culture as well. In Siberia the mystery of dogs' domestication is being repeated-in foxes. A fifty-year-old breeding program is creating an entirely new kind of creature a tame fox with some surprising similarities to Man's Best Friend. THE DOGS DECODED reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Dogs Decoded: Understanding the Human-Dog Relationship is a fascinating DVD documentary about man's best friend. Dogs have been domesticated longer than any other animal, but only recently has research established that dogs have a unique talent - they are able to read and respond to human emotions. Dogs can be taught to respond to human pointing, unlike wolves or even apes. Puppies retain juvenile traits that allow them to be conditioned according to their master's needs, unlike wolf cubs that remain naturally aggressive and even destructive when raised in captivity. New discoveries in the genetics of dogs offer a world of insight into both human and canine ways of life. Dogs Decoded is an amazing tour of scientific revelation, highly recommended for dog lovers and public library collections. 56 minutes, widescreen, subtitles.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TERRIFIC Dog DVD! January 8, 2011
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This is a simply fascinating look at the relationship between canines and humans. It should be a must for anyone who owns a dog so that you can better appreciate your best four legged friend!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone who has a dog will enjoy December 24, 2010
Saw this randomly on television one day and thought it was great. The documentary made some very interesting observations about dogs' behavior and intelligence vs. other animals that I had not yet seen. It is a quick watch and may make you think more highly of dogs' intelligence. There were some innovative studies shown in it and the conclusions were well supported. If you are bored ever or love dogs this definitely is worth an hour of your time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog owners have known this all along! December 21, 2010
This is a great DVD. This program validates what we dog owners have known for decades...That our dogs can communicate with us and are much smarter than previously given credit for. It's a great program; and I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar September 19, 2012
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I have viewed many documentaries related to dogs, cats and wildlife. This is an amazing film and how they got it all into 60 minutes is is very impressive indeed. This is without doubt the best documentary on dogs and dog owner relationships I have viewed. It is extremely well researched, exciting to watch and very thorough. I have always felt that Nova has produced the best documentaries, but they have outdone themselves with this one. I watch it over and over
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing March 14, 2013
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This video is perfect for any dog lover out there. It makes you look at your dog completely different. They truly have evolved to be with us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just dogs decoded but our relationship too. December 30, 2011
By B Leuri
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Dogs decoded is a must for the dog lovers amongst us.

Want to stave of a heart attack or up the potential of recovering from one - the information's here as well. How intelligent some breeds are and the difference between dogs, wolves and foxes - somehow the editors managed to cram it all in without information overload.

When looked at with training videos or the "whisperer's advice" it really does give a much better understanding of how to get the best from your relationship with your pawed companion.

It's certainly not the cheapest of DVD's, but it's less expensive by far than any destructive relationship with a pet that can happen just because we might overlook something simple. From that respect I'd have to rate it as a great investment.

The DVD takes us on a less than hour long journey through the history of our canine companions, showing us where we believe the relationship began, how it evolved and where our different breeds came from. Fundamentally it walks us through mankinds earliest attempts at genetic engineering.

We also find out just how successfull that crude geneticism was, as the highlights between the traits of dogs and wolves are examined together with the reason for the existance of them. We also find out why certain families of dogs exhibit certain psychological as well as physical traits.

The only part for me I felt was missing was a relative look at the other half of this patrnership, that could have have taken a quality production and turned it into something quite stellar.

I've seen lots of dog training videos and excersises, I have a Husky that doesn't run away and is [reasonably] obedient.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 13, 2014
Great Documentary.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful documentary
It was very interesting information. I found it intriguing how selective breeding works and how different features are linked with aggression.
Published 2 months ago by Deborah Gawlik
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this
This is an amazing video that explains evolution in simple enough terms that kids can understand it without bringing the word evolution into things which is always a charged topic
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars Dogs are just a wonderful as you thought; here is why
If you love dogs, you will love this. Dogs are amazing creatures; wolves who made friends of Mankind, and both species seem to have done well in the partnership.
Published 10 months ago by Theodore Masterton
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd
Very informative!Excellent for anyone who truly loves dogs as I do. How you can understand their behavior better. Goog luck
Published 11 months ago by Robert Sowers
5.0 out of 5 stars nOVA DOGS DECODED
Published 11 months ago by Ann M. sieron
5.0 out of 5 stars I saw this on TV and had to have it
If you are a dog owner, this is an educational, informative must-see. I will be buying more copies to give as gifts. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Zed's Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and educational
I loved this video, but then I'm an animal lover and can't get enough of these documentaries. I had watched this on PBS and wanted to have a copy of my own to watch again and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Moonjazz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary!
Anyone that is trying to gain new understanding of canines...this documentary is a must to watch. Anyone will learn at least one thing from this documentary.
Published 13 months ago by pxb2976
4.0 out of 5 stars The dog days of science
"Dogs decoded" is a documentary about man's best friend. It raises some awkward questions about the scientific view of dogs. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ashtar Command
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Have for Dog Lovers
I watched this with a group of high-school biology students, came home and ordered a copy for myself. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Schilling
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