Nat Geo WILD's THE SECRET LIFE OF DOGS Premieres Tonight
Man's best friend. Most recognized for their slobbery kisses, wagging tails and loyal companionship. There's no denying that we humans love our dogs. People and canines have lived together for thousands of years. But how much do we really know about our best friend? A puppy is born every second somewhere in the world, resulting in nearly 500 million dogs worldwide. And this canine army can be found in more shapes, sizes and varieties than any other mammal on the planet. From teacup Yorkies to Great Danes, there are more than 400 recognized breeds. If humans were as varied as our canine friends, we would range in weight from 20 pounds to one ton!
Now, 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 tonight, 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.)
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.