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Me and My Dog: The Ultimate Contest
E3 of 4
Series 1 - Episode 3
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The challenges in this episode are about understanding the world from a dog’s point of view. And yes, one of them does require the owners to get down on all fours and scramble through a muddy ditch.
As other tests include a cross-country treasure hunt based on smell and an open-water swimming race (one canny dog completes the course on her owner’s head), it seems a little unfair on those competitors who aren’t superfit triathletes.
Regardless of the competitive element, it’s wonderful to see the bonds between dogs and owners strengthen, and to learn how dogs perceive colour and – believe it or not – how they use each nostril differently.
Eight dog owners and their pets compete together in a series of physical and mental challenges in the Lake District, in a bid to make it to the grand final. First, the Yellow team have a chance to score points in scent-based orienteering, while the Red team take on a woodland obstacle course. In the final round, the pairs take part in an open-water swim before the scores are revealed.
Cast & Crew
Full Episode Guide
Here's how you can apply to take part in Me and My Dog
A second series is yet to be confirmed but speculative recruitment has begun – and series one was so puppyishly charming we can't help hoping for more
What is dog parkour? Me and My Dog's Sian Ryan explains why it's the next big thing
BBC2's canine challenge Me and My Dog is officially the most heartwarming show on TV
Meet the cast of Me and My Dog: The Ultimate Contest
The dog in Sherlock series 4 was an absolute nightmare to work with
How many of these famous film and TV dogs can you name?
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