With some 60 plus million pets we Brits are a nation of animal lovers. But now we don’t just want our pets to be cute we want them to be clever. This programme features pet owners who are convinced that their furry friend is cleverer than the rest.
All the pets featured are remarkable in their own way. One canine brainbox goes to doggie university, another – dubbed a canine Einstein – makes the news when he masters a shape-sorting puzzle most toddlers struggle with. Prize pooch Barlie takes us into the competitive world of trick dogs, where the pets have to master increasingly difficult skills to become trick champions.
But it’s not just standard pets. Science is showing that even supposedly dumb farm animals like goats and donkeys are much cleverer than we might have thought.
You might wonder what the point is. Of all the owners the most fiercely competitive is Kimberley from Kent. She hopes by proving how incredibly smart Melanie her north American raccoon is it will help stop them being persecuted in their native home. Kimberley’s taught Melanie’s an incredible array of skills, including pushing a toddler’s scooter and riding a bike.
So determined to prove that Melanie is way smarter than even the smartest dog Kimberley enters Melanie into a Britain’s smartest dog competition. Who will come out on top in this canine v raccoon showdown?