A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Recent research shows that dogs are even more attuned to human behavior and signals than was previously believed.
Positive Role Models
Researchers are dedicated to understanding the way dogs see the world and how they understand and interact with humans.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Dogs are seen briefly mounting each other in a dog park, demonstrating play behavior.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are a number of films called A Dog's Life, and this one is the 2013 Canadian television documentary. The focus is on dogs performing a variety of fascinating research experiments to determine how dogs' senses differentiate them from humans and also how they understand and interact with humans. In two brief instances, mounting behavior is displayed as dogs are seen playing in a dog park. Expect to hear the word "poop." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This documentary is a solid survey of some of the recent canine research conducted internationally. Dog lovers will find all the dog footage adorable but A Dog's Life may be a bit too dry for small children. Given the humor inherent in so many human-dog relationships, this documentary almost seems to go out of its way to leave the humor out.
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