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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.Read more ›
It turns out that dogs are the only creature apart from humans who understand the meaning of pointing. Not even chimps get it. Researchers have located a Border Collie with a 300-word vocabulary and a modicum of abstract thinking. Dogs can "read" emotions in human faces in a way strikingly similar to how humans "read" each other. Millennia of selective breeding have fixed the dog's specific traits in the genome.
A somewhat absurd experiment in Hungary proves (for those who doubted) that wolfs can't be turned into dogs by socialization. Wolf pups bred under circumstances identical to those of dog pups nevertheless turn into wolves. Indeed, after four months, they had become so dangerous that the experiment had to be terminated! No surprise there. Another quaint experiment, this time at a fur farm in Siberia, shows that foxes can be domesticated. Interestingly, they even *look* more like dogs as they became more tame. The juvenile look presumably triggers the right emotional responses in humans.Read more ›
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Great show! I always loved dogs but I didn't know they were sooo smart!!Published 1 month ago by Alicia A. Molder
If you ever wondered why dogs are so special, Dogs Decoded will help you understand. Very interesting!Published 1 month ago by Bryan Boyne
If you love dogs and want even more reasons to love them, this is the documentary for you!Published 5 months ago by Noel O.
Great video! We've added this to our class curriculum when studying genetics in our Biology class!Published 7 months ago by Luna's mom
This is very interesting. I think many dog lovers and science enthusiasts would enjoy it.Published 8 months ago by Laurie Mckay
One of the best Nova episodes I've ever seen.
Makes me look at my own dog in so many new ways.
Highly recommended to all dog lovers who seek to better understand canine behavior and domestication through scientific experiments and data collected throughout the years and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Daniela Lo Feudo