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    Default The Secret Life of the Dog - Documentary

    Was on on SBS last Sat night. You can watch the whole thing here: The Secret Life of the Dog (Part 1_6) - YouTube

    I enjoyed watching it and it's very topical for this forum. I did however think that the scientific proof to back up their - sometimes quite out-there - claims was a bit lacking. I would have liked to see them use control groups in their experiments and I didn't always agree that the conclusions they drew from their tests were the only possible ones.

    I also thought it was somewhat overdramatic. For example, the statement that the human-dog relationship is the only one of its kind in nature. They obviously haven't watched as many Attenborough docos as I have!

    Nevertheless, it does offer lots of food for thought and shows lots of cute dogs, including one genius BC who knew more than 300 words.

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    It's a bit old now. I think you can also watch it via the SBS website - or BBC websites.

    Loved the border collie. Hated the bit about silver foxes though the effect of selection for temperment was interesting.

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    The foxes were very interesting. But cruel. And I felt quite sorry for the wolves too, though it was an interesting experiment again. I cringed when they just threw those pups back in with the pack after they had not interacted with any wolves since they were 5 days old. They looked so scared.

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    I couldn't bring myself to hate the part of the foxes. Animals in cages for scientific study doesn't shock me, and at least some of these foxes get to go home with the people (showing they're not heartless, at least). I do want one of those foxes though. So damn cute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershadowwolf24 View Post
    I couldn't bring myself to hate the part of the foxes. Animals in cages for scientific study doesn't shock me, and at least some of these foxes get to go home with the people (showing they're not heartless, at least). I do want one of those foxes though. So damn cute!
    I felt sorry for all of them. And they did not tell us what happened to the domesticated ones after the experiment was finished either. In another thread it was mentioned that it was actually a fur farm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I felt sorry for all of them. And they did not tell us what happened to the domesticated ones after the experiment was finished either. In another thread it was mentioned that it was actually a fur farm.
    They became fur-coats. The foxes did not start as an experiment...they were observed at a fur farm....And some Scientists became involved with those already there for the fur trade
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