Get Ready for BarkFest!

Nat Geo WILD is unleashing a weekend of all things dog.

You love dogs. You wouldn’t be reading all these articles on DogChannel if you didn’t. Everyone needs a day or two (or three or four) where they can relax and aren’t obligated to anything. This could be the time to do that. You can spend an entire weekend watching dog show after dog show, courtesy of Nat Geo WILD. This dog-filled weekend, called BarkFest, starts Friday, May 15, 2015.

BarkFest will consist of “a weekend of all bark, no bite TV featuring some of the smartest, most unique and cutest canines in the world. There will be surfing dogs, service dogs… Cesar Millan marathons and much more,” according to the National Geographic website.

Part of Nat Geo WILD’s inaugural BarkFest weekend will be Dognition’s “Is Your Dog a Genius.” Obviously, all of our dogs are geniuses in one way or another (and if they’re not then it’s just because they’re too smart to show it, right?).


 National Geographic

Three of BarkFest’s shows (“Talk Doggy to Me,” “Doggy See, Doggy Do” and “Who’s Your Doggy?” will feature Dognition games. See below for air times. Through these games, Dr. Brian Hare, a Duke University dog scientist helps pet parents understand their dogs better. Dr. Hare’s groundbreaking research allows your dog’s personality to shine through as well as help you unlock your dog’s true potential all by playing some at-home games. Who knows what your dog is capable of doing! Can’t wait for BarkFest? Play a Dognition game now.

Trying to plan some TV for your dog-filled BarkFest weekend? Check out the new shows that will air:

Friday, May 15, 2015:

“World’s Greatest Dogs,” airs at 8 p.m. This show features some of the most extraordinary canines, along with their pet parents. These dogs are so talented that they have world titles. 

“Cesar 911 Nani Nightmare,” airs at 9 p.m. In this episode, Cesar Millan helps Joe, “a frantic husband and father.”

“Doggy See, Doggy Do,” airs at 10 p.m. The first of the Dognition “Is Your Dog a Genius” shows, this brand new episode is interactive and promises to be a lot of fun. The games featured in this show are Empathy and Communication.

Saturday, May 16, 2015:

“The Incredible Dr. Pol: Deja Moo!: Dog-a-pol-ooza,” airs 8 p.m. A veterinarian spends his day working with dogs in this BarkFest feature.

“Unlikely Animal Friends: Barktacular!” airs 9 p.m.  We all love unlikely friendships, don’t we? Check out some of the best in this dog-filled show.

“Who’s Your Doggy?” airs 10 p.m. Want to improve your relationship with your canine companion? This is the show to watch! Play Dognition games dealing with memory and cunning.

Sunday, May 17, 2015:

“World’s Greatest Dogs,” airs at 8 p.m. Once again, dogs from all over the world are featured in this show. Watch to see their talents.

“Super Underdogs,” airs 9 p.m. Have you ever seen a strange-looking dog? Now find out their stories.


“Talk Doggy to Me,” airs 10 p.m. Dr. Hare is back to help dog parents find out how their dogs really feel about them, using Dognition games such as Reasoning.

I’m sure many of you may just have your dogs snuggle with you on the couch while you watch some of these shows.

And, if you want to get even more involved in BarkFest, you can share a photo of your dog on your public social media page, using the hashtag #BarkFest. Your dog’s photo may end up on Nat Geo WILD’s “cavalcade of canine cuteness,” as they’re calling it. From the photo submissions, Nat Geo WILD will choose the Top Dog, Most Devious, Most Innocent, Most Dapper and more. For additional details, visit the BarkFest page.


 Nat Geo WILD

Will you participate in BarkFest? Which show will you watch? Will you submit a photo of your dog?

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