Dogs have been domesticated for longer than any other animal on the planet, and humans have developed a unique relationship with these furry friends. We treat our pets like a part of the family, and we feel that they can understand us in a way other animals cannot. Now, new research is revealing what dog lovers have suspected all along: Dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. KUED airs NOVA: Dogs Decoded Tuesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Incredible new research shows that humans respond to their dogs with the same hormone responsible for bonding mothers to their babies. How did this incredible relationship between humans and dogs come to be? And how can the domesticated dog, closely related to the fearsome wolf, behave so differently? NOVA: Dogs Decoded investigates incredible new discoveries that illuminate the origin of dogs, with revealing implications for the evolution of human culture as well.
Dogs Decoded leads to new questions about human relationships with other animal species. The program travels to Siberia, where the mystery of dogs' domestication is being repeated with foxes. A 50-year-old breeding program is creating an entirely new kind of creature, a tame domesticated fox.
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