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Series 2 - Episode 2
Working Like a Dog
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Like the four-legged marvels it hails, this series is well balanced. If you’re not a particularly soppy dog person, you could tire of the slo-mo shots of very good boys leaping about cutely. But around every corner is a bit of science to make you prick up your ears again. Collies, we learn tonight, have a wider field of vision than shepherds, and process visual information more quickly; Newfoundlands suit swimming thanks to their double-layered coats.
Sometimes, dogs’ enhanced senses and ability to learn make them much more than companions. We’re privileged here to meet animals who have trained themselves to help vulnerable owners: the case of the woman with type 1 diabetes is astonishing.
How and why dogs have become such good working companions, including Midge, the world's first police Chihuahua, and Joey, a sheepdog from the Cotswolds. Mother-of-four Toni Curtis gives her remarkable account of the fateful day when she was swept out to sea off the north coast of Wales and how she owes her life to the Newfoundland dog that saved her life. Narrated by Martin Clunes.
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Full Episode Guide
How many of these famous film and TV dogs can you name?
Are you best in showbusiness pooches? Or do you belong in the dog house?
This dog sounds like a Tie Fighter
Can you match the celebrity to their dog?
This rescue dog who survived cancer does the most wonderful movie scene recreations
Dogs at Polling Stations
Are you a cat or a dog person?
Jeremy Paxman’s latest bugbear: dog owners who leave bags of mess on the beach
Paul O'Grady: visiting Battersea Dogs Home was like putting an ex-drug addict in a cocaine factory
Coronation Street: why is Pat Phelan bruised and battered?
Coronation Street: Eva left floored by Aidan and Maria affair bombshell - what happens next?
The team behind BBC2 documentary series Hospital is taking on schools next
David Attenborough reveals how Wimbledon helped Britain beat the Germans to colour TV