Dogs That Changed the World

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NATURE’s two-part special Dogs That Changed the World tells the epic story of the wolf’s evolution, how “man’s best friend” changed human society and how we in turn have radically transformed dogs.

From the tiniest Chihuahua to the powerful and massive English Mastiff, modern domesticated dogs come in a bewildering array of shapes and sizes, with an equally diverse range of temperaments and behaviors. And yet, according to genetics, all dogs evolved from the savage and wild wolf — in a transformation that occurred just 15,000 years ago.

In Part One, “The Rise of the Dog,” you’ll learn about how the domestication of dogs might have taken place, including the theory of biologist Raymond Coppinger that it was the animals themselves — and human trash — that inspired the transformation. The genetic analysis of Peter Savolainen of the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden has placed the origins of domesticated dogs — and those of the first dog — in East Asia. You’ll also discover 14 dog breeds that controversial genetic studies show are the most ancient — and the best living representatives of the ancestors to all living dogs.

Preview Part Two: Dogs by Design

Over 400 breeds of dog are recognized around the world, each unique for its personality, habits, and form. Most of these breeds exploded onto the scene over the past 150 years, spurred by the Victorian-era passion for the “dog fancy” — the selective breeding of dogs to enhance particular characteristics. By tinkering with its genetics, humans made the dog the most varied animal species on the planet — and also created a host of hereditary health problems.

Despite the plethora of new shapes and sizes, dogs have retained the instincts bred into their ancestors by thousands of years of work: the urge to herd or hunt, to dig and to guard. In Part Two, “Dogs by Design,” you’ll discover how these hard-wired behaviors help different types of dogs, from hounds to herders, excel at different tasks (and why it can sometimes be so difficult to train them to do otherwise). You’ll also learn how dogs’ finely tuned senses are serving humans and saving lives. Buy the DVD. This film premiered April 2007.

Production Credits Print

The Rise of the Dog

Television Credits

DOGS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD: THE RISE OF THE DOG

Narrated By
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Directed And Produced By
CORINNA FAITH

Edited By
KIERAN SMYTH

Music Composed By
MAX REUD
KRIS ZOOKI

Assistant Producer
IDA VEN BRUUSGAARD

Senior Researcher
JAMES REED

Researcher
REBECCA LLOYD EVANS

Camera
CHRISTOPHER OPENSHAW
CHRISTOPHER COX
COLIN ROGAL
WARWICK SLOSS

Camera Assistant
MAX HUG WILLIAMS

Sound
NIGEL BATTING
DAVE CALVERT
DEAN GANTER
NIC JONES
YURI LAGUNA
SEAN MILLAR

Archive
ABC LIBRARY SALES
BOA FILMS

With Thanks To
PROF. RAY COPPINGER, Hampshire College, MA
DR. JAMES A. SERPELL, University of Pennsylvania
DR. SUSAN CROCKFORD, University of Victoria, BC
PROF. PETER SAVOLAINEN, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
JOE RELPH
SUE HAMILTON
JANICE KOLER-MATZNICK
KEN MACRURY
CATTLIN MARQUES
PARTNERS WITH MELANESIANS
VERITY OSWIN
PALITUQ OUTFITTING
JOHN ROGERSON
LYUDMILA TRUT
MIKE NIME WILANGUE
KOLMARDEN ZOO

Graphic Design
FLUID PICTURES

Post Production Facility
EVOLUTIONS

Online Editor
DANIEL RICHARDS

Colorist
NICK ADAMS

Dubbing Mixer
MARK OWEN

Production Coordinator
GEORGINA CRAWFORD

Production Manager
REBECCA PORTER

Head Of Production
LYNN SINCLAIR

Executive Producer For Tigress Productions
JEREMY BRADSHAW

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producer
JILL CLARKE

Associate Producer
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
RACHAEL TEEL

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Re-Recording Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

HD Online Editor
DAVID NOLING

Online Editor
BRUNO PELLEGRINI

Offline Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

Main Title And Series Graphics
PMcD DESIGN

Original Nature Theme
ALEX LASARENKO
tonal, inc

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A co-production of Thirteen/WNET New York and Tigress Productions Limited

This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2007 Educational Broadcasting Corporation All Rights Reserved

Web Credits

Producer
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Associate Producer
TANNER VEA

Designer
MICHAEL DIMAURO

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Writer
KATHY SVITIL

Photos for "Introduction" and "Selective Breeding Problems" © Tim Cuff. Photo for "What caused the domestication of wolves?" © Corrina Faith. Other images from Dogs That Changed the World.

Thirteen Online is a production of Thirteen/WNET New York's Kravis Multimedia Education Center in New York City. Dan Goldman, Executive Director, thirteen.org. Bob Adleman, Business Manager.

 

Dogs by Design

Television Credits

DOGS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD: DOGS BY DESIGN

Directed By
CORINNA FAITH

Produced By
IDA VEN BRUUSGAARD

Edited By
STEVE SCALES

Music Composed By
MAX REUD
KRIS ZOOKI

Senior Researcher
JAMES REED

Researcher
REBECCA LLOYD EVANS

Camera
CHRIS OPENSHAW
CHRISTOPHER COX
COLIN ROGAL
MARK ROBINSON
WARWICK SLOSS

Camera Assistant
MAX HUG WILLIAMS

Sound
NIGEL BATTING
DEAN GANTER
YURI LAGUNA
NIC JONES
SEAN MILLAR
GARETH JOHN
ROBERT DOWNING

Additional Field Directors
PHILIP LOTT
MATTHEW THOMPSON
WILL WEST
CERI WHITBY

Set Designer
CHARLOTTE MALIK

Make Up/Hair/Costume
ALISHA BAILEY
JOAN STRIBLING de'LAUNAY

Production Assistants
SIMON BAXTER
CORINNE HEWLETT
ERIK INGRAM
CLIO PAKENHAM

Archive
BRITISH PATHE
DAVID HANCOCK / CHARWYNNE DOG FEATURES
ITN SOURCE
KENNEL CLUB UK
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
THE ART ARCHIVE / BOUDET
THE ART ARCHIVE / CULVER PICTURES
THE ART ARCHIVE / PRIVATE COLLECTION MD

With Thanks To
PROF. RAY COPPINGER, Hampshire College, MA
DR. JAMES A. SERPELL, University of Pennsylvania
DR. SUSAN CROCKFORD, University of Victoria, BC
PROF. PETER SAVOLAINEN, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
DR. JEFF SAMPSON
ROBERT ALLEYNE
DR. CAROLYN WILLIS, Amersham Hospital
KENN ANDERSON
WILL CHANTER
FRIENDS OF ANIMAL LEAGUE
THE FOUR SHIRES BLOODHOUND GROUP
COLONEL DAVID HANCOCK
JANICE KOLER MATZNICK
SUE McCABE
CAROLYN MENTEITH
MICHELE REINKEMEYER / HEAVEN SCENT PAWS, INC.
VERITY OSWIN
JOHN ROGERSON
MIDLANDS COUNTY CANINE SOCIETY
THE NATIONAL TRUST
THE UK KENNEL CLUB
KOLMARDEN ZOO

Graphic Design
FLUID PICTURES

Post Production Facility
EVOLUTIONS

Online Editor
BEN HEATHER

Colorist
NICK ADAMS

Dubbing Mixer
MARK OWEN

Production Coordinator
GEORGINA CRAWFORD

Production Manager
REBECCA PORTER

Head Of Production
LYNN SINCLAIR

Series Producer For Tigress Productions
JEREMY BRADSHAW

Executive In Charge For Tigress Productions
BELINDA CHERRINGTON

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producer
JILL CLARKE

Associate Producer
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
RACHAEL TEEL

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Re-Recording Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

HD Online Editor
DAVID NOLING

Online Editor
BRUNO PELLEGRINI

Offline Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

Main Title And Series Graphics
PMcD DESIGN

Original Nature Theme
ALEX LASARENKO
tonal, inc

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A co-production of Thirteen/WNET New York and Tigress Productions Limited

This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2007 Educational Broadcasting Corporation All Rights Reserved

Web Credits

Producer
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Associate Producer
TANNER VEA

Designer
MICHAEL DIMAURO

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Writer
KATHY SVITIL

Photos for "Overview" and "Selective Breeding Problems"  © Tim Cuff. Photo for "What caused the domestication of wolves?" © Corrina Faith. Other images from Dogs That Changed the World.

Thirteen Online is a production of Thirteen/WNET New York's Kravis Multimedia Education Center in New York City. Dan Goldman, Executive Director, thirteen.org. Bob Adleman, Business Manager.