Dogs Decoded

50 minutes 9.5/10

PBS NOVA brings us DOGS DECODED: a documentary for dog lovers from around the world. Did you know that there are more pet dogs in the world than there are babies? In many 1st world Countries, such as Japan, dogs have vastly overtaken human babies as the children of couples. Dogs Decoded looks at the science behind this ancient bond between man and man’s best friend. The genetic mutations, breeding, and mutual dependence has made for very interesting (foot of the) bedfellows. Dogs have an incredible ability to read and respond to human emotion.

“Dogs Decoded” reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs and investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs—with surprising implications for the evolution of human culture. Other research is proving what dog lovers have suspected all along: Dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions.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?

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  • madscirat

    I was expecting fuzzy-headed nonsense, I got an insightful documentary full of solid science and mind altering conclusions. 5 stars

  • Prime Minister

    This brings up the interesting point of docility and aggressiveness in humans. And if they can be boiled down too simple genetics what other personality attributes are decided genetically?

  • mottrimney

    i like dogs. i like to get that puppy breath in my nostrils.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paula.bisiriyu Paula Bisiriyu

    I had been feeling a need to have a dog for quite some time now. Now it’s an urge. :d Very nice documentary!

  • jack black

    It is rather shocking to me that scientists would think that vocalizations by other species would be of a random nature, lacking in meaning.

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