Sky 1 explores the extraordinary ability of dogs in Dogs Might Fly, a brand new factual series presented by Jamie Theakston, that will lead even the most devoted dog lovers to see their pets in a whole new light.
In six 60-minute episodes that prove dogs have distinct personalities and incredible levels of intelligence, a team of experts –Victoria Stilwell, Charlotte Wilde, Adam Miklósi and Mark Vette – explore communication, empathy, memory and reasoning with the animals, asking the ultimate question: could a dog fly a plane?
As well as scientific studies that test their ability to reason, communicate and solve problems, we witness what dogs are truly capable of when they come together in some spectacular theatrical performances.
According to a survey by the Dogs Trust, around 120,000 dogs end up in UK rescue centres each year. Another 5,000 are put down by local authorities. A nationwide search of rescue centres found some of Britain’s most extraordinary canine characters, all bursting with potential.
Working with a team of animal welfare specialists, including an animal welfare director, trainers, a vet and kennel hands, dogs that enjoy and respond to training are slowly acclimatised to different sensations and stimulus. The series helps the animals reveal their amazing hidden abilities in the care of trainers, behaviourists and vets and ultimately each dog is found a loving new home. In episode 1, three of the world’s leading dog experts conduct a nationwide search of rescue shelters across the UK to find the most remarkable canines for this ground-breaking project. At a luxurious mansion in the Sussex countryside, the successful candidates are brought together for ten weeks of specialised training, revealing how clever our favourite four-legged friends really are. The underdogs will be turned into top dogs and a chosen few will go on to flight school to take on the ultimate challenge: learning to fly a single engine aircraft.
Dogs Might Fly is produced by Oxford Scientific Films and GroupM Entertainment and airs Sundays at 7pm on Sky 1.