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Dogs: Their Secret Lives

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Summary

Mark Evans looks at how the lives of dogs have changed over the past 50 years

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Dogs: Their Secret Lives

Summary

The hectic schedules of modern life have led to man's best friend spending an increasing amount of time home alone. Using footage from hidden cameras and a ground-breaking scientific study, this documentary reveals what dogs get up to when their owners are out, and Mark Evans, former chief vet at the RSPCA, discovers whether technology allowing pets to make phone calls and watch dedicated TV channels is the key to keeping them happy on their own.

Review

Have the programme-makers only just woken up to the fact that we’re a nation of dog lovers? Once there was simply Crufts and One Man and His Dog. Now there’s a pack of dog-related programmes roaming through the schedules every week. But this one does sound interesting. It uses hidden cameras to find out what our dogs get up to while they’re home alone.

While some dogs snooze the day away, a lot are obviously stressed: pacing, whining, howling and even self-harming. I’m not sure the idea of a dedicated doggie TV channel to entertain them when they’re on their own is the answer though. Actually, they’ve almost got that already…

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ContributorMark Evans

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DirectorLucy van Beek
Executive producerJohn Smithson
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  • Dogs: Their Secret Lives

    Summary

    The hectic schedules of modern life have led to man's best friend spending an increasing amount of time home alone. Using footage from hidden cameras and a ground-breaking scientific study, this documentary reveals what dogs get up to when their owners are out, and Mark Evans, former chief vet at the RSPCA, discovers whether technology allowing pets to make phone calls and watch dedicated TV channels is the key to keeping them happy on their own.

    Review

    Have the programme-makers only just woken up to the fact that we’re a nation of dog lovers? Once there was simply Crufts and One Man and His Dog. Now there’s a pack of dog-related programmes roaming through the schedules every week. But this one does sound interesting. It uses hidden cameras to find out what our dogs get up to while they’re home alone.

    While some dogs snooze the day away, a lot are obviously stressed: pacing, whining, howling and even self-harming. I’m not sure the idea of a dedicated doggie TV channel to entertain them when they’re on their own is the answer though. Actually, they’ve almost got that already…

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show.

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    ContributorMark Evans

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorLucy van Beek
    Executive producerJohn Smithson
    ProducerLucy van Beek
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