A Great British Bake Off-inspired dog show is coming to the BBC

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BBC One’s The Great British Bake Off was, we thought, perfect; think Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins’ pun-based humour, inspirational baking know-how from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, loveable contestants we could really root for, and a plethora of delicious desserts, pastries, and baked treats to feast our eyes upon.

Yes, it was perfect… or was it?

Because it’s since been brought to our attention that GBBO was missing one crucial element; dogs.

Thank goodness, then, that this grave error is about to be rectified.

Yup, we’re serious – are you ready for a Great British Bake Off-inspired dog show?


Ever since Channel 4 poached Bake Off from them, the Beeb have been busy dreaming up new shows to take it on in next year’s ratings battle. And, from Mary Berry’s Secrets from Britain’s Great Houses, to The Big Family Cooking Challenge, they’ve been working hard to fill the GBBO-shaped hole in our TV schedules.

However their latest offering sounds like an absolute humdinger; forget amateur bakers hoping that their sponges will rise to the challenge – it’s all about amateur dog trainers hoping their pooches will do as they’re told.

Springwatch’s Chris Packham, who is set to present You and Your Dog, explained to Yahoo: “It’s a competition show that will have a similar style to Bake Off, only with dogs.

“We have people come in and bring their pet dogs. And they’re all competing. We set them challenges to achieve, so they had to train their dogs to do certain things as well as train themselves.

“It has a bit of science to it as well because some of the challenges are about how someone can train their dog. We’ll take the viewer through that process.”


While no transmission date has been confirmed, it seems as if You and Your Dog will be hitting our tellies very soon – they’ve already finished filming it.

“It was an emotional rollercoaster to say the least,” said Packham, recalling everything he’d witnessed during filming. “I really enjoyed it.”

Sounds paw-fect to us.

Images: iStock / Love Productions

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