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Nat Geo WILD uncovers how the true success of the canine species is our mutually beneficial relationship. The new one-hour summer special event, The Secret Life of Dogs, premiering Sunday, August 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, is part natural history, part science and pure celebration of man’s best friend. Combining the latest scientific research with intimate macrophotography, revealing thermal images and slow-motion footage, find out how dogs see, smell and experience the world surrounding them. (For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/NGC_PR.)

Jess the Springer Spaniel feeding lamb with bottle of milk.

The Secret Life of Dogs breaks down canine physiology and biology to reveal how a dog’s everyday activities are actually complex movements that help it to survive. When slowed down a thousand times, we’ll see how the head of a dog turns a full 180-degrees, jumpstarting a rotational momentum that corkscrews down their body, to quickly expel water from their fur so they don’t get cold. Dogs have special taste buds just for water at the tip of their curved, cup-like, tongue that allows them to pull water into their mouth and snap it shut before all the water escapes. It’s a surprisingly intricate process for a daily requirement, and as any dog owner can attest, it’s not the neatest of actions, either.

Following a puppy from birth to motherhood, The Secret Life of Dogs also tells amazing stories of how dogs are born blind and with sealed ears before transforming into highly sophisticated animals. We’ll follow the growth of an immensely cute puppy from birth through to her own pregnancy as she trains to become a guide dog for the blind. Also, hear personal accounts of dogs that have saved lives, rebuilt marriages and detected diseases — discover what makes dogs truly remarkable.

Dogs are also highly intelligent, able to respond to “sit,” “lay,” and many of man’s commands. They can “sniff out” certain illnesses, alerting owners to the early signs of a severe allergic reactions, epileptic fits or narcolepsy. Yet people don’t completely understand why dogs bark, or what their barking means. In recent years, scientists have delved deeper than ever before into the canine mind and body — and the results are extraordinary.

Did you know that a dog is more likely to be calm, confident and self-assured if it’s right-pawed, with the swirl of its hair falling counterclockwise? Or that dogs communicate at least six different emotions through their barks? You might be shocked to learn that a dog’s brain is one-tenth the size of humans, but the part that controls smell is 40 times larger. That’s how a dog can smell events days, weeks and even months after they’ve happened. It’s an essential trait that law enforcement agencies around the world rely on to locate missing persons and sniff out contraband, and as we’ll hear from one 79-year old woman who got lost in the woods for three days, it’s a lifesaving skill.

Dogs are wrinkly and slobbery, they can shed, and a lot of them beg for food. But they are also adorable, loyal protectors, and the more we know about them, the easier it is to love them!

The Secret Life of Dogs is produced by Oxford Scientific Films. Producer is Alice Keens-Soper. For Nat Geo WILD, senior vice president of production and development is Janet Han Vissering and general manager is Geoff Daniels.

Fish Tank Kings

by Rebecca on June 3, 2013

in Pet Talk,Reviews

A side view of the completed VW Mini Bus.

Fish Tank Kings: Big Bowl of Gumbo Limbo

Premieres Saturday, June 8, at 9 PM ET/PT

Restoring a 25,000-gallon tank is no easy task, but the Fish Tank Kings are up to the challenge. The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, an educational facility and rehab center for sea turtles, has commissioned the guys to help bring their showcase aquarium back into the aquatic oasis it once was. For the crew to pull it off, they’ll have to create a seascape that mirrors a sea turtle’s natural habitat. The obstacles only intensify during the installation as the tank’s marine life, including sharks and stingrays cannot be removed from the premises. The only way to pull off this job is for someone to go swimming with the carnivores, but there aren’t many volunteers! Then the guys are up against one tough client, Lisa, who wants three tanks in one, completed in a fraction of the time the crew allots for such complex projects. When Francis hands the job over to his assistant Heather, the team fears they may lose the job. But Heather is trained, eager and ready to have a project she can call her own, until she finds out she’ll be catching her least favorite marine animals — lobsters. Will she succeed?

Website:  www.natgeowild.com/fishtankkings

Fish Tank Kings: Desperate House Tanks

Premieres Saturday, June 15, at 9 PM ET/PT

Although Ben is a great project manager, Mat has noticed he has gotten a bit too comfortable behind his desk. To shake things up, Mat assigns Ben the job of installing a pair of outsized fish tanks around a fireplace at a private residence in Orlando. What seems like an ordinary job to the rest of the Living Color team proves to be quite the challenge for Ben, as he has to hone both his client relations and physical skills on the fly. If he can’t pull it off, it will jeopardize the company’s reputation and make it impossible for the family to move into their home. Meanwhile, Mat leaves South Florida for Chicago to work on a terrarium, a habitat filled with plants, for a colorful amphibian known as the Panamanian Golden Frog. Although their color resembles that of the valuable metal, it’s their numbers that make them truly precious, as this is a rare animal on the brink of extinction. If the tank isn’t perfect, the very survival of the species could be at risk.

 Desperate Housetanks

Website:  www.natgeowild.com/fishtankkings

Fish Tank Kings is produced by Sharp Entertainment for Nat Geo WILD. For Sharp Entertainment, Matt Sharp, Dan Adler, Bob Larson and Matthew Blaine are executive producers. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Jenny Apostol, senior vice president of production and development is Janet Han Vissering and general manager is Geoff Daniels.


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