RDF TV West to Help People Choose the Right Puppy for BBC Two

(RDF Television Press Release) RDF Television West, a Zodiak Media company, has been commissioned by BBC Two to make a 2×60 documentary series: Choose the Right Puppy for You (w/t) following the success of Six Puppies and Us earlier this year.

Choosing the wrong dog is considered one of the biggest issues in dog welfare in the UK, according to veterinary professionals.

Tens of thousands of dogs are relinquished to rescue centres every year, and one study has found that less than 10% of their owners had sought any advice at all before getting a dog.

But with over 200 recognised breeds of dog in the UK (plus a multitude of crossbreeds), all of them with different characteristics and needs, it can be a difficult choice to get right.

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Choose the Right Puppy for You is a valuable guide to making that life-changing decision, and will feature a wealth of advice from the UK’s leading canine experts.

The series will follow several households as they discover everything they need to know about different breeds of dog, including which lifestyles and domestic environments they’re best suited to, and how to care for them.

The households might already have what they think is their perfect dog in mind – but are they right? Over the course of the two episodes, they’ll have their expectations challenged as they experience all aspects of dog ownership – before they finally bring their chosen puppy or dog home.

Alongside these stories, the series will also reveal the science behind breed differences, and how we have a better understanding than ever before about how to help dogs integrate into modern life – ensuring happy, healthy pet dogs and their families.

Six Puppies and Us was one of the most successful factual series on BBC Two this year, with each episode gaining an audience of more than three million viewers

Commissioning Editor Craig Hunter said:

Six Puppies and Us was a standout series for BBC Two This new project will build on all the ingredients of the first series – brilliant stories and great specialist factual content – but at its heart is a really important subject – choosing the right puppy can make the difference between happy and unhappy owners, and more importantly a happy or unhappy dog”.

Executive Producer Catherine Welton said:

“We’re delighted to be building on the success of Six Puppies and Us, with another entertaining and informative series that will offer the definitive guide to choosing the right dog for you and your family.”

Commissioned by Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC Two and Four and Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning Natural History and Specialist Factual Formats. The commissioning editor is Craig Hunter.

RDF Television is a Zodiak Media company, Choose the Right Puppy will be distributed internationally by Zodiak Rights.

For further information please contact:

Lauren Cameron

Publicity Manager, Zodiak UK

Lauren.cameron@zodiakmedia.com

020 7013 4345

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