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How Dogs Became Man's Best Friend Video
The National Geographic News ^ | 1-25-07

Posted on 01/26/2007 2:44:05 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/01/070125-dogs-video.html

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January 25, 2007—Though they come in many different sizes and temperaments, all domesticated dogs living today are descended from just a few wild wolves that roamed Asia some 15,000 years ago.

But why, out of all of the animals that humans have domesticated, have dogs become so close to their owners?

Join an anthropologist as he conducts experiments on both wild dogs and down-home pups to figure out why dogs are so good at communicating with humans.

Video by "Wild Chronicles," airing on PBS, made possible by National Geographic Mission Programs and WWF and presented by WLIW New York


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; doggieping; dogs; evolution; godsgravesglyphs; history; nationalgeographic; wildchronicles
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1 posted on 01/26/2007 2:44:08 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; HairOfTheDog
Click on the the link in red under the title for the video.

Doggie Ping?

2 posted on 01/26/2007 2:46:07 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

3 posted on 01/26/2007 2:47:13 PM PST by flashbunny (If the founding fathers were alive today, they'd be plucking feathers and boiling tar.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The only reason we exist is that paws can't open cans.


4 posted on 01/26/2007 2:49:38 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"But why, out of all of the animals that humans have domesticated, have dogs become so close to their owners? "

Can't view videos at work, but the answer is pretty darned simple: Both are hierarchical pack animals. A dog is perfectly happy with a human as pack leader. The most a cat, horse, or cow will do is to accept a human as another member of the same species, albeit a strange looking one.
5 posted on 01/26/2007 2:51:09 PM PST by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, ATF and DEA)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
This is our dogs great, great, great, great Uncle... Ulysses "Ben" Grant! Hehe...


6 posted on 01/26/2007 2:52:39 PM PST by divine_moment_of_facts ("Listen to the sustain!" "I'm not hearing anything." "You would thought, if it were playing.")
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To: RedStateRocker

Yup and the more you show them you're the pack leader, the more they respect AND love you.

This little guy is going to be very happy.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1773155/posts


7 posted on 01/26/2007 2:55:49 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake.)
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To: RedStateRocker

But you haven't lived until you've experianced a cow licking sweetfeed from your palm. Brings a smile to my face every time!


8 posted on 01/26/2007 2:57:14 PM PST by higgmeister (In the Shadow of The Big Chicken)
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To: higgmeister

Then while you are preoccupied, another cow comes up behind you and blows snot on the back of your shirt/coat/jeans.


9 posted on 01/26/2007 3:04:41 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Working dogs are my favorite. But I LOVE watching this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu7R4NtpgyM


10 posted on 01/26/2007 3:07:50 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The dogie whisperer is a joke. He is an OK trainer but his knowledge is limited to certain situations.
He has no knowledge of working dogs and how they react or are trained in working situations. As long as he is in central park talking to some over zealous PETA pet Nazi who baby talks and wipes their pits butt he is fine. Put him in the real world with military working dogs, coon hound, bear hounds, or cat hounds on the run and this guy will look like th idiot he is. A good working border collie would demonstrate their superior intelligence. I know several dogs who are smarter about people than he is about dogs.
11 posted on 01/26/2007 3:10:49 PM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: oldenuff2no

bttt


12 posted on 01/26/2007 3:11:28 PM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: tet68

"The only reason we exist is that paws can't open cans."

There's more to it than that. My truck has a manual transmission and the dog can only drive an automatic.


13 posted on 01/26/2007 3:16:50 PM PST by passionfruit
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To: oldenuff2no
AMEN!

I've known LOTS of dogs - that are more intelligent, self sufficient, hard working, reliable, trustworthy and capable of surviving by their own wits --- than most of the folks here in Kalifornicate -- and almost every politician and lawyer.

Also - when I heard that Islamists regard dogs as "unclean" and unwelcome in their homes ---- that sealed the deal as their's being a lunatic and backward cult...

Semper Fi

14 posted on 01/26/2007 3:25:35 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: tet68

I can to open cans...


15 posted on 01/26/2007 3:31:08 PM PST by Dog
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To: RedStateRocker

Dogs share your life. Cats share space.


16 posted on 01/26/2007 3:38:33 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: oldenuff2no
Put him in the real world with military working dogs, coon hound, bear hounds, or cat hounds on the run and this guy will look like th idiot he is.

That's a little harsh. Those aren't the real world, those are specialties. I'd argue that the real world is the one he does his show in, where most pets are spoiled and most owners don't know how to fix it. While I'm skeptical that some of those dogs and owners are really fixed when he leaves, I certainly am impressed that he himself is a Dog God. I've known one other Dog God in real life, and he trained police dogs. Some people just have a way.

17 posted on 01/26/2007 3:39:30 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: afraidfortherepublic; sinkspur; 88keys; DugwayDuke; sissyjane; Severa; the OlLine Rebel; ...
Ping!


Other articles with keyword "DOGGIEPING" since 12/29/04

18 posted on 01/26/2007 3:40:39 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: oldenuff2no

He himself says he doesn't train dogs. He trains idiot owners so they can train their dogs. He simply shows them how to be boss, and how to react in the way a dog will understand. This is not a quick fix. The only way the dogs he sees will continue behaving is if their owners continue consistent training.


19 posted on 01/26/2007 3:47:12 PM PST by solosmoke
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To: solosmoke

Ha....kinda like raising good children.


20 posted on 01/26/2007 3:52:34 PM PST by goodnesswins (We need to cure Academentia)
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To: Calpernia

Great video! Thanks!


21 posted on 01/26/2007 3:57:05 PM PST by jwh_Denver ("Trust me, I'm not hurting you." Jack Bauer)
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To: oldenuff2no
I know several dogs who are smarter about people than he is about dogs.

Ha, I've said much the same.

22 posted on 01/26/2007 4:03:39 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Calpernia
My! My! What a great video! The music was appropriate ... there is some great love, devotion and training between that owner and the dog!
23 posted on 01/26/2007 4:21:38 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Calpernia
That is so cool.

I just love Goldens.

Hmmm....wonder if I could teach my Maggie to dance.

24 posted on 01/26/2007 4:21:45 PM PST by CARDINALRULES (Tough times never last -Tough people do. DK57)
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To: PzLdr
Dogs share your life. Cats share space.

Dogs have owners. Cats have staff. I know. Two of them keep me around to feed and pet them.

25 posted on 01/26/2007 4:37:30 PM PST by JoeFromSidney
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Hi! First time post, long time lurker. Easier to start off in a topic I'm totally comfortable in, although I adore A Day In The Life of President Bush/Sanity Island.
Kenzie, a Wheaton Terrier, is looking to hook up with First Dog Barney in this adorable and clever video:
My Date With Barney, The First Dog/YouTube. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
26 posted on 01/26/2007 4:39:29 PM PST by IwaCornDogs (No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Good video thanks. I finally got DSL in my area, yeaaaa!


27 posted on 01/26/2007 4:40:09 PM PST by blam
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To: Calpernia

That always makes me smile! Carolyn Scott was one of the pioneers of freestyle obedience.


28 posted on 01/26/2007 5:23:26 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: higgmeister
On the other extreme, living with a parrot is a job in itself. My macaw is as complex emotionally as any person the same age (13). Hearing a sweet, little-girl like birdy voice doing his Dennis Miller meets Eddie Murphy 'fowl' mouthed routine is priceless. I mashed my thumb with a hammer a few days after I got him; 70 years from now I'll still have a record of what I said. Winston Churchill's parrot is still alive (and says naughty things about a certain Herr Hitler). The difference is that parrots are always trying to up you in the hierarchy; dogs, once their place is established are cool with it forever- that being why a small lady can control a 150lb rottie, the relationship of who is alpha was established when the dog was a little pup even thought the dog is now 20 times bigger and could pull the lady and the truck into the next town.
29 posted on 01/26/2007 6:09:20 PM PST by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, ATF and DEA)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; ...
An animal that useful, you don't eat it all at once.


30 posted on 01/26/2007 6:10:01 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Facts are a Zionist plot!" --MarkL)
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To: Calpernia

The dog video was darling. I really loved that one!


31 posted on 01/26/2007 6:33:35 PM PST by jaycee
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To: HairOfTheDog
I have been a dog groomer for thirty years, I've also raised and trained Wolf hybrids, worked as a vet tech and managed a boarding kennel. Every day at work I handle all different breeds. Since I've started studying what Cesar believes I have had the best success in handling problem dogs, and I am more successful with all of them. Even the 7 month old Czech (shepherd)import that I groomed yesterday. I have also groomed some working police dogs and Cesar's methods make that job a lot easier. I agree with you that he does great in pet situations but my experience shows his methods work well with all the dogs I see. Border Collies are very intelligent but they are also often complete basket cases when being groomed. If your dog doesn't behave for me, then I don't view it as "trained" thats when the psychology comes into play.
32 posted on 01/26/2007 6:47:11 PM PST by BruceysMom ( Owned by an Ovcharka)
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To: BruceysMom
I've always wanted to ask a dog groomer this --

Do you groom a Lab, and if so, what on earth do you do?

33 posted on 01/26/2007 7:17:38 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: AnAmericanMother
Generally we just clip the nails,do the anals bathe and dry. I have however shaved them on occasion. One time I had to shave a dalmatian with a #40 blade. Thats the blade they use when they prep for surgery. The lady said all she waned to see was pink and black!
My understanding is that there is a little creative use of thinning shears in a show groom. Thinning can make certain attributes stand out or faults recede.
34 posted on 01/26/2007 7:27:47 PM PST by BruceysMom ( Owned by an Ovcharka)
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To: BruceysMom
A shaved, black and pink Dalmatian . . . ugh! What a horrible thought! (did the dog seem embarassed to be naked?)

My big Lab doesn't mind being bathed . . . I don't know what the puppy thinks about it yet. It doesn't happen very often, because our retrieving club has a beautiful clear spring-fed pond and that seems to be just about enough bath for them.

I clip their nails and do the anals, and clean the big one's ears with mineral oil and put in a couple drops of OtoMax because she has a mild recurrent fungus infection in one ear. I don't clip their whiskers but I understand the show groomers do.

Thanks -- was afraid I was missing something!

35 posted on 01/26/2007 7:34:34 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Dog

Good dog!


36 posted on 01/26/2007 8:30:03 PM PST by passionfruit
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To: AnAmericanMother
Good Mommy! Sit and stay! LOL!
37 posted on 01/26/2007 10:36:22 PM PST by BruceysMom ( Owned by an Ovcharka)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

3 words... Karelian bear dogs.


38 posted on 01/26/2007 11:42:17 PM PST by freepersup (find the enemy... destroy the enemy... remain vigilant)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
all domesticated dogs living today are descended from just a few wild wolves that roamed Asia some 15,000 years ago.

Now really ...... just asking, but how in the world can that claim be proved?

Ridiculous if you ask me.

39 posted on 01/26/2007 11:44:46 PM PST by beyond the sea ( All lies and jest, still the man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest)
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To: BruceysMom
Arf! (where's my treat?)

Shelley ought to patent that Baleful Stare (I had just told them to knock off the dogfight over the toy.)

40 posted on 01/27/2007 9:27:47 AM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: RedStateRocker

I have a two Moluccans. One is a self mutilator,and I put that in the lap of her breeder/owners. She never was taught how to be a bird. My other 'too is her name, Diva. Not only does she think she's a bird, but a bird WAY prettier the rest of us.

My cats are independent and comforting in thet fact that aren't needy. My dog? He's my Buddy.


41 posted on 01/27/2007 9:40:04 AM PST by najida (Campers laugh at clowns behind closed doors.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Video by "Wild Chronicles," airing on PBS, made possible by National Geographic Mission Programs and WWF and presented by WLIW New York

I am a little puzzled about this article. Is the 5-minute video "it"? Or is there a scheduled expanded version scheduled to be aired sometime on PBS stations as one of the "Wild Chronicles" - National Geographic hour programs?

My local PBS station in Sacramento, California does not seem to have a record of it.

42 posted on 01/27/2007 10:13:33 AM PST by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: IwaCornDogs

Love the video about Kenzie & Barney. That is an excellent first post! I'll have to get to work and my high speed line to watch te rest of the videos. Thanks for posting.


43 posted on 01/27/2007 12:38:12 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Calpernia

That's a WONDERFUL video. I've seen that pair on TV before. I'm sure they were contestants on Pet Star a couple of years ago. THanks for posting.


44 posted on 01/27/2007 1:56:43 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Publius6961

I don't know any more about it. I just picked up the video from the Web.


45 posted on 01/27/2007 1:58:31 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: blam
...finally got DSL in my area, yeaaaa!

I'm jealous. We can't get it at my house yet, but my "neighbor" has it 1 1/2 miles away. The best I can get is Road Runner, but it is twice as expensive, and I don't trust having all of my utilities in the same hands (RR -- Time Warner Cable -- wants to take over the phone service too.)

46 posted on 01/27/2007 2:05:50 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Calpernia

Don't know whether you went to the National Geo video but your video points out exactly the researcher's conclusion.

Dogs sense,pick up cues from humans that wolves, even chimps don't.

I've seen the video before, amazing.


47 posted on 01/27/2007 2:53:26 PM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: HairOfTheDog
I don't know what world you live in but in the real world, that does not include cities, dogs are working companions. A good part of the year I go about my work with a good horse under my butt, (something else I train myself), and a couple good dogs following me up. In the summer and fall, I spend most of my time with 6 or 8 pack-mules behind my saddle horse somewhere above 7,000'. I only work inside when it's too cold, wet, or the snow is too deep in the high country. Dogs are pets, but they are most defiantly tools as well. Most people I live around have watchdogs and most everyone around here has some kind of working dog or hunting dog. Most all of them earn their keep.
Ankle biters make good eagle food and don't last too long out and about when things are natural. I have another bunch of new pups out in my kennels. I will obedience train them and then get them started on sheep and cattle and put them on the Internet and in the paper. Those pups will be a good part of my income in Oct and Nov. We have a big working dog sale just up the road every spring. The top working Border Collie sold for $23,000 last Friday night. I sure wish he had been one of mine!!!!! I'd bet someone woke up with one heck of a hangover and one very thin checkbook on Sat morning.
48 posted on 01/30/2007 12:03:40 PM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: oldenuff2no

What's your point?

Those who have successful skilled working dogs are not the people who seek out the help of Cesar Milan. The people with spoiled pets are. And on those, he pretty much tells people to stop spoiling them and to treat them like dogs. So what's the problem?


49 posted on 01/30/2007 12:14:23 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: oldenuff2no

I agree with Hairofthedog. Cesar has no reason to help people with dogs like that because they are already training them and seem to have just the skills needed to do so. Most of the dogs Cesar deals with DON'T have jobs, and that is part of the problem. They're coddled, they run the house, and most of them aren't even given proper exercise. No wonder they're a handful!


50 posted on 01/30/2007 4:06:26 PM PST by solosmoke
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