Dogs, Man's Best Friend

Dogs, Man's Best Friend

DVD - 2010
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Dogs and more dogs: We feed them, breed them, pet them, and dress them, but how well do we really know them? John Lithgow narrates this insightful look at how dogs evolved from fierce wolves to playful pets -- and why there are so many types of dogs today. Whether you're a dog person or not, there's no denying dogs are an evolutionary marvel, and thanks to human intervention, they are one fo the most diverse species on earth. With an amazing array of sizes, shapes, colors, temperments, and other quirks, canis familiaris features one of the most tinkered-with gene pools in the animal kingdom. NOVA goes beyond the wagging tails and floppy ears to reveal surprising insights into the origin and evolutionary strategy of our canine companions. From a wolf research facility in rural Indiana to New York's Westminster dog show, you'll discover some amazing dog facts. Did you know the Saluki can beat any other mammal on earth in a three-mile race? That dogs developed spots for a specific reason? And that their evolution is helping us learn about our own?
Through a dog's eyes: Will have you seeing dogs in a whole new light. This primetime PBS documentary follows the inspiring stories of people with disabilities as they experience the heartwarming and sometimes challenging process of being matched with and receiving a service dog.
Dogs decoded: 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 out 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 respong 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 why do dogs, so closely related to fearsome wild wolves, behave so differently? 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.
How smart are animals?: How smart are dogs?: New discoveries are revealing that "man's best friend" is smarter than we ever thought, with a brain that resembles our own in ways we never imagined. Travel to Wolf Park, where scientists are tracing the evolutionary path that turned wild animals into our cuddly companions....and meet a superdog with a vocabulary of over 1000 words! How smart are Dolphins? Off the coast of Honduras, on Roatan Island, a legendary experiment in dolphin communication is being attempted for the first time in 20 years -- one that could prove that dolphins can coordinate with each other and be creative on cue. How smart is an Octopus? Octopuses and cuttlefish are some of the weirdest creatures on earth. They perform fantastic feats of camouflage, boast surprisingly large brains, and can even solve problems -- like how to get a tasty shrimp out of a twist-top jar. But are these remarkable behaviors truly a sign of intelligence? Profile: Irene Pepperberg & Alex: An unlikely scientific team, Irene Pepperberg and her talking parrot, Alex, revolutionized scientist's ideas about animal communication and intelligence. Yet even after Alex's premature death, Pepperberg still struggles to convince some critics that Alex's accomplishments -- counting, reasoning, identifying shapes and colors -- are more than mere party tricks.
How did the fierce wolf become a playful puppy? Why are there so many varieties of dogs? And how did they earn their place as "man's best friend"? This collection seeks to answer these questions-- and more.
Publisher: ©2010.
Arlington, VA :, PBS :, CPB Corporation for Public Broadcasting,, [2011].
Copyright Date: ©2010.
ISBN: 9781608835010
1608835014
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (approximately 240 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Disc 1. How smart are animals? / produced for WGBH/Boston by Nova
Disc 2. Dogs decoded / BBC ; produced and directed by Dan Child ; produced for NOVA by Melanie Wallace
Disc 3. Through a dog's eyes / director, Peter Schnall ; writer, Don Campbell ; producer Margaret McEvoy ; a production of tpt National Productions and Partisan Pictures
Disc 4. Dogs and more dogs / written, produced and directed by Noel Buckner & Rob Whittlesey
Summary: Dogs and more dogs: We feed them, breed them, pet them, and dress them, but how well do we really know them? John Lithgow narrates this insightful look at how dogs evolved from fierce wolves to playful pets -- and why there are so many types of dogs today. Whether you're a dog person or not, there's no denying dogs are an evolutionary marvel, and thanks to human intervention, they are one fo the most diverse species on earth. With an amazing array of sizes, shapes, colors, temperments, and other quirks, canis familiaris features one of the most tinkered-with gene pools in the animal kingdom. NOVA goes beyond the wagging tails and floppy ears to reveal surprising insights into the origin and evolutionary strategy of our canine companions. From a wolf research facility in rural Indiana to New York's Westminster dog show, you'll discover some amazing dog facts. Did you know the Saluki can beat any other mammal on earth in a three-mile race? That dogs developed spots for a specific reason? And that their evolution is helping us learn about our own?

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AliceGiraffe
Feb 05, 2018

I am a dog person, and I believe that all animals are more complex mentally and emotionally that many scientists believe. I thoroughly enjoyed this series.

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