Long before your four-legged best buddy learned to retrieve tennis balls or watch sports from the couch, his predecessors were wild creatures competing with us, often violently. So, how has this connection evolved?
When the film's hero, a teenage hunter called Keda, is injured and left for dead 20,000 years ago, Europe is a cold and deadly place. To live, he foregoes attacked an injured wolf and instead befriends it, forming an unusual alliance that, according to the film, kickstarts our long and close relationship with dogs.
We'll never know the specifics of how people and dogs initially became acquainted. Beyond the stage, however, the actual narrative is gradually taking form as scientists investigate the genuine roots of our long domestic partnership and understand how both species have evolved throughout canines' evolutionary path from wolves to dogs.
Though the beginnings of the dog/human connection are unclear, it is becoming increasingly evident that each species has altered throughout our long relationship.