Nat Geo Explores the origins of Man’s Best Friend in “Man Created Dog”

DOG LOVERS- TUNE IN ALERT! Nat Geo was kind enough to share with us a sneak peek at their upcoming special about the origins of the canine species as we know it. Man Created Dog delves into how and why dog chose to make us part of their pack and the close relationship that our species have shared over thousands of years. I particularly liked the comments and points they make about certain wolf behaviors that exhibit themselves in our everyday house pets along with the inane skills that dogs have thanks to their common ancestors that make them ideal for so many kinds of work. I am not sure if I buy the premise that modern civilization today depended on dogs who helped nomads settle down instead of following herds- but my Corgi-Akita mix thought that the Corgis shown herding cows, goats and ducks were enough for him to concur that humans would be living in huts still wandering the desert if it weren’t for dogs. Watch and let us know what you think!

Official Description from Nat Geo:

AND MAN CREATED DOG

Sunday, August 8 at 9PM ET/PT

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/and-man-created-dog-3136

If humans were as varied as dogs we would range in height up to 22 feet tall and in weight more than 1,000 pounds. In the ultimate canine ancestral story, NGC traces the genetic journey from wolf to dog, taking viewers back 100,000 years to meet the “mother of all dogs.” It’s no accident that dogs evolved this way, as humans have been selectively breeding them for around 14,000 years to serve our needs as laborer, companion, hunter, herder and warrior, as well as to suit our aesthetic fancy.

Santa Ynez, CA, USA: A yellow lab is a type of gun dog. They have webbed paws for swimming, useful when they retrieve their prey. (Photo Credit: © Evergreen Films Inc)

Video “The Start of the Domestic Dog” – When early man began leaving food scraps beside a dwindling campfire, dogs followed their noses, and domestication began.

Link: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/Videos/08486_00

Video “The Birth of the Herding Dog” – Meet Miller, an adorable Pyreneese dog who was born and raised among the goats he herds for his owner.

Link: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/Videos/08487_00

Video “A Veteran’s Best Friend” – Meet an incredible therapy dog named Tuesday who helps an Iraq veteran to overcome his debilitating PTSD.

Link: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/episode/Videos/08488_00

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