NOVA Preview: Dogs Decoded

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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. 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?

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This looks like must see TV for those wanting to gain a deeper understanding of the animals we so adore. Dogs Decoded Airs tonight, November 9, 2010 on PBS and our DVR is ready – check your local listings for details.

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16 thoughts on “NOVA Preview: Dogs Decoded”

  1. Just finished watching the programme (it’s mostly European footage, lol). Nice that science finally supports what dog lovers and guardians have known all along. However, while giving a possible explanation for the evolution of domestic dogs, the Siberian breeding project gave me a creepy feeling. I kept wondering what happened to the foxes that didn’t measure up. The wire cages and the whole Frankensteinian scenario just weirded me out.

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