The secret life of our dogs

The relationship between dogs and humans is at least 15,000 years old. Enough time for both to grow together. No wonder that all dog owners swear they have a very special bond with their four-legged friend. But how exactly do we know our dog? Do we really understand what is going on inside him? Do dogs really have a special sense for our feelings? Is it because of the close bond with humans that some dogs can’t stay alone or do they just miss their mates? Two narrative threads run through the documentary. Page is new to her family and conquers her world. We see how the little puppy gradually learns to smell, taste and hear and puts himself at the service of his master and mistress. For six months we accompany the little dog and his family. And we follow Monty, who just can’t be alone and drives his owners to despair. He shreds cushions and furniture as soon as his owner leaves the house. Can he learn to get along without his human? With the help of special camera techniques (super high-speed recordings, GoPro surveillance images, gimbal camera system, etc.) we get close to the dogs at eye level and show them from a very special perspective.

Broadcast date:25. Mai 2015 13:35 im ZDF
Length:45 Minuten
Written and directed by:Daniela Agostini
Editorial advisor:Brigitte Duzcek, Natalie Müller-Elmau
Production:Ulrike Römhild
Line producer:Anke Meyer
Producer:Martina Sprengel
Executive producer:Hartmut Klenke
Filming location:Goslar, Hamburg, Landshut, Mengersreuth, Wenzendorf