Parents' Guide to

Pick of the Litter

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

"Dog"umentary fetches empathy, enlightenment, warm fuzzies.

Movie NR 2018 81 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 3+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 6+

Endearing and instructive

Sweet images of puppies and compelling storytelling made this an enjoyable alternative to Saturday morning cartoons.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (5):

This easygoing, upbeat documentary is a treat for dog lovers.Pick of the Litter is all about all the time, effort, sacrifice, heartache, hope, and love that go into teaching a guide dog to be a helpful companion for a sight-challenged person. This is a a subject that most people probably haven't given much thought to, and getting insight into the rigors of training one of these dogs is enlightening. And while you may be drawn in by the puppies, it's the human volunteers who drive the story. Many people are involved in the lives of training just one dog -- and those people experience not only joy from their involvement, but also heartache when the inevitable happens and they must return their "student" back to the organization. (Those emotional pangs help balance out the puppy fever the movie sparks.)

The movie's information can feel a little too breezy: Sometimes it seems like it could be a presentation video titled "So You Want to Be a Guide Dog Trainer!" And for a film that's all about dogs learning stringent obedience training, it's disappointing that there are no specific takeaway lessons. (For that matter, no information is offered on how to become a trainer family, which feels like a missed opportunity.) But with a brisk 81-minute run time, it does provide a snackable, captivating experience that will likely open viewers' minds, hearts, and opportunities for awwwws.

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