What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this show is appropriate, content-wise, for dog lovers of just about any age, the information presented isn't always complete, which could end up misleading some viewers. In a segment about Hungarian Vizslas, for example, the show didn't mention the breed's full size when grown or the fact that they tend to be very high-energy -- which might give people considering them as pets the wrong idea. That said, the show does encourage responsible pet ownership.
What's the story?
DOG TALES is a quick-moving, syndicated video "magazine" show about dogs and responsible dog ownership. Segments feature families and their dogs, some information about different breeds, and profiles of veterinarians, roaming clinics, and other folks doing good things for dogs. The series strongly reinforces the message to spay and neuter your pets.
Is it any good?
Dog Tales is enjoyable and mostly informative, but take it with a grain of salt. The show emphasizes how wonderful dogs are -- and they are! -- but, unfortunately, it also glosses over some negative traits in certain breeds of dogs and/or oversimplifies issues related to people/pet dynamics, and that can cause problems. For example, in one episode, an expert suggests that people tend to over-dominate their pets. And if he's talking about folks who insist on complete control and do things like hit their animals, he's right. But if you've got a small child and a larger dog, the child will need to be dominant (though not abusive!) so that the dog won't hurt the kid.
For experienced dog owners, the show is great -- you can't beat the series' passion for the dogs, and the pooches are fun to watch. But potential or new dog owners need to know that there's a lot more to be learned.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about what shows like this teach viewers. What are the good things people can learn? Are there any bad things? What are the potential consequences of leaving information out of TV shows, movies, articles, books, etc? How can you sort out good information from incomplete or bad information? What sources are most and least reliable?