Dogs: Their Secret Lives, TV review: A humiliating problem for a chocolate labrador

For dog owners, this show is crammed full of useful training tips

Loneliness is an epidemic among the canine population, or so we were informed on Dogs: Their Secret Lives. "It's not easy being a modern dog and some are really struggling," said presenter Mark Evans before introducing us to a one-year-old pointer cross called Loki.

Loki was a dog bent on destruction and could be relied upon to tear apart the living room any time her human Frankie's back was turned. But wouldn't you rather a few shredded sofa cushions than the humiliating problem presented by chocolate labrador Jaydee?

It's almost too awful to discuss so, to borrow Evans's euphemism, let's just say that Jaydee has been known to "enjoy a meal straight from the source". Apparently rabbit droppings are a particular favourite. What could her owner possibly have done to encourage such a perversion? You'd be surprised. For dog owners, this show is crammed full of useful training tips, but, unlike the more science-led pet documentaries, it's of little interest to anyone else.

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