British satcaster Sky1 has commissioned the tentatively titled Oh My Dog! from Oxford Scientific Films and GroupM Entertainment.
The 6 x 60-minute canine-focused series will deliver a hard-science look into the efforts of scientists and trainers to reveal the complexities of how a dog’s mind works. Exploring reasoning, memory, empathy and communication, experts will determine the levels of intelligence in hounds rescued from nationwide shelters, and whether or not they have distinct personalities.
“This is genuinely ground-breaking factual television. It features the latest animal training techniques and expert insights into canine behavior to deliver real challenges for the animals featured, in a way never seen before on TV,” said Siobhan Mulholland, the commissioning editor of factual for Sky Entertainment, in a statement. “It’s a first for British TV and adds to Sky 1′s range of factual output for all the family.”
Commissioned by Mullholland, Oh My Dog! is series produced by Daniel Barry, while Caroline Hawkins (Oxford Scientific Films) and Melanie Darlaston (GroupM Entertainment) are executive producers. An air date has not yet been announced.
This series is the latest dog-related commission for Oxford Scientific Films, and follows ITV’s The Secret Life of Dogs.