Eighteen thousand years ago, around the time of the last ice age, man and wolf were bitter enemies and competitors for the same prey. But as we learn in Dorling Kindersley's Eyewitness Video: Dogs, food and shelter were not easy to come by and some wolves switched sides and over time evolved into mans' best friend. The very coats that distinguished these animals in the wild, today distinguish the different breeds as our pets. But even domesticated animals retain their instinct for the hunt, and wild dogs such as the fox, coyote and wolves present a threat to livestock and occasionally humans. Dogs were first trained to assist their masters in the hunt, as their sense of smell (stronger than all their other senses combines) make them excellent trackers. In this entertaining half hour video were learn not only about their evolution into house pets, but about the many jobs they perform in modern society. Dogs are perhaps easily trainable due to their inherent senses of teamwork and loyalty. Wild dogs move in a pack and follow one leader. Although we have heard stories about men raised by wolves, puppies have actually been raised by man. A human master therefore makes a suitable substitute and a dog's loyalty can easily be transferred. Today there are police dogs, sniffer dogs (used to sniff out drugs), seeing-eye dogs, sheep dogs, guard dogs, sled dogs and attack dogs. We even sometimes bet on dogs at the racetrack and a dog, not a human, was the first living creature in space. As with other videos in the Eyewitness series, a broad range of sub-topics are covered in-depth such as anatomy, diet, lore and legend, and thedogs' role throughout history. Even phrases in our vernacular, such as "a wolf in sheep's clothing" and "wolf down your food," are inspired by dogs. With all the depth and clarity demonstrated in the Eyewitness book series, this video will make you look at Spot or Rover with deeper understanding of what it means to be a dog.
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