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Nova: Dogs Decoded

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Dogs Decoded reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs. It also investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogswith big implications for the evolution of human culture as well.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040QYRS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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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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"Dogs decoded" is a documentary about man's best friend. It raises some awkward questions about the scientific view of dogs. Have scientists really regarded dogs as drooling, fawning, moronic creatures with a silly penchant for canned food and bone-shaped biscuits, until fairly recently? No dog-owner doubts that their companions are intelligent, can feel human emotions or communicate through different kinds of barking. Yet, judging by "Dogs decoded", official science *did* doubt it until recently. However, it seems these "dog days" of science are finally over, as new experiments confirm what the rest of humanity has always known: Canis familiaris simply has no match.

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.
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