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Through A Dog’s Eyes

Airs Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Julia's dad, Tom, helps her bond with her assistance dog, Thelma, during the Canine Assistants training camp.

"Through A Dog’s Eyes" will change the way you feel about your own dog. The documentary follows a handful of people as they journey through the heartwarming and often challenging process of receiving their service dogs.

Hayden and his assistance dog, Wiley, show how close they have become.
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Above: Hayden and his assistance dog, Wiley, show how close they have become.

Jennifer Arnold, founder of Canine Assistants, discusses her teaching methods and the life-changing impact these dogs have on the recipients and their families. She gives us a glimpse of puppy-rearing and training, and takes us inside the intense and sometimes nerve-wracking experience of matching people with their dogs.

Ádám Miklósi, Ph.D., one of the world’s foremost experts in dog cognition, also discusses the science behind Jennifer’s training philosophy.

Bryson Casey with his assistance dog, Wagner, and his mom, Deborah.
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Above: Bryson Casey with his assistance dog, Wagner, and his mom, Deborah.

You’ll also follow the families home and watch their relationships with their dogs unfold. Sometimes what began as love at first sight deepens. Occasionally the initial chemistry doesn’t last. Overall, it’s a bonding process that, as with any relationship, takes work and time.

These hopeful stories provide unique insights into the ways canine assistants improve people’s lives. What’s more, you’ll see your own dog in a whole new light. Neil Patrick Harris narrates.

Go behind the scenes with more video outtakes and deleted scenes. Don't miss the puppies in this photo gallery.

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Preview: Through A Dog's Eyes

Above: Millions of Americans with disabilities rely on hope to get them through each day; hope for a breakthrough; hope for gaining or reclaiming independence; and hope for a friend. Each year, hundreds of them find hope at a handful of organizations across the country that train assistance dogs. "Through a Dog's Eyes" follows the journey of service dogs and the people whose lives they change.

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Through A Dog's Eyes: Chris and Wagner

Above: In this scene from the PBS special "Through A Dog's Eyes," Chris works with Wagner and gives viewers an insight into how Canine Assistants, one of the largest service dog organizations nationwide, turns "ordinary dogs'" into extraordinary dogs. Use Chris' tips to improve your relationship with your dog.

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Meet some of the dogs from Canine Assistants

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Through A Dog's Eyes: Meet the puppies

Above: Check out some of the smaller stars of the PBS documentary "Through A Dog's Eyes."