“Blue-Collar Dogs” on Nat Geo WILD

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We recently had the opportunity to preview a three-episode special that will be airing next week on the National Geographic WILD network. “Blue-Collar Dogs” focuses on working dogs; we found each episode not just entertaining but very informative to anyone who’s interested in the incredible work these canines perform.

NYPD ESU Unit K9 takes a break while on the job. (Photo credit © Adina Pliskin)

Hard working dogs will be the focus on February 21 as National Geographic WILD presents “Blue-Collar Dogs,” a TV special that follows four-legged specialists  in a number of different fields. From medicine to border patrol, these canines prove to be indispensable to their human colleagues and those who benefit from their work.

Blue-Collar Dogs features three back-to-back episodes premiering Monday, February 21, 2011:

Blue-Collar Dogs: Canine MD airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT: Many doctors, scientists and therapists are harnessing dogs’ extraordinary work capabilities to enhance and even save human lives. The medical field has expanded use of dogs from assisting the hard of hearing and the physically challenged to predicting blood sugar crashes, detecting oncoming seizures and sniffing out disease. With olfactory senses generally 100,000 times more powerful than a human’s, dogs are now being trained to detect epilepsy, diabetes and even cancer with a single sniff.

Blue-Collar Dogs: Border Hounds,  9PM ET/PT: All across the nation, dogs are hard at work helping U.S. Customs and Border Protection stand guard over land borders, deserts and urban ports of entry. Using their extraordinary noses, these dogs can outperform man or machine in detecting smuggled narcotics or concealed humans, and even locating victims stranded in the desert. Follow a K-9 team from recruitment through graduation to learn about the methods and science behind training a dog team, and how handlers use natural elements in the field, such as the wind, to their advantage.

See the video “The Cold Nose of Justice” – When it comes to contraband seizures, the nose of a dog never fails.

Blue-Collar Dogs: New York Police, 10PM ET/PT: The New York Police Department’s K-9 squad is one of the nation’s most exclusive police units. For decades, dogs have been first responders to crime scenes and terrorist attacks, and have even traveled to help in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. Go on patrol with NYPD’s K-9 Bomb Squad, Emergency Service Unit and Transit Units and watch as the dogs hunt for bodies through collapsed piles of wood and cement, patrol the bowels of NYC’s subway system, sweep major tourist attractions for bombs and guard the streets of the city’s toughest neighborhoods.

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