Adventures in Doggie Daycare

Common Sense Media says

Exotic meals, spa treatment ... and chew toys.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

Some scenes show playful scuffles among dogs.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Very rare use of "ass" (as in "kick some ass").

Consumerism

The Downtown Dog Lounge gets lots of publicity, and its clients get a lot of extravagant, expensive pampering

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few scenes show beer cans or mixed drinks sitting on tables, but there's no consumption.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, aside from exposing kids to the lavish lifestyles of pampered pets, there's nothing to worry about in this reality series. Young viewers will no doubt be as entertained as their parents will by the lengths to which some dog owners go to ensure their pets are happy -- parents should just remind kids that doggie acupuncture and fur-lined canine sweaters aren't for everyone. Young kids may also need some explanation about dog behavior (like playful biting or wrestling) and the staff's methods of bathing, grooming, and giving medicine to nervous dogs.

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What's the story?

ADVENTURES IN DOGGIE DAYCARE takes viewers behind the scenes at Seattle's Downtown Dog Lounge, an exclusive sitting service for canines whose \"parents\" spare no expense when it comes to their \"kids'\" round-the-clock happiness. Led by proprietor Elise Vincentini, DDL's pooch-loving staff of 60 welcomes about 145 dogs to their dog-friendly facility each day. In addition to basic canine care, the company offers a multitude of specialty services, including behavior training, outdoor adventures, sparkly pedicures, and TLC for nervous newcomers. Viewers get to know some of DDL's most notable regulars, like Gus, the 180-pound mastiff; Sancho, the wildly energetic Viszla; Riggs, a sweet-tempered Labradoodle who continues to be a blessing to his human mom; and delicate Italian Greyhound Carmen, whose spa bills at the Lounge -- complete with an herbal bath and relaxing massage -- run about $150 each time. In interviews, staff members talk about what they love about their job and their clients, and dog owners explain their motivation for choosing doggie daycare -- as well as their (sometimes sheepish) justification for spending so much money on their four-legged friends.

Is it any good?

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There's no doubt that these pooches are pampered to the hilt, and the series plays like a canine Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, with hundreds of furry clients running up yearly tabs of $5,000-plus. It's always fun to see how the other half lives, but you might want to keep your own four-footed friends out of the room while you watch so they don't get any big ideas about how their peers are spending their days.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lifestyle reflected in this show. Do most average pet owners take their pets to businesses like the Downtown Dog Lounge? If not, do you think watching this show might make them feel bad? What messages does the show send about consumerism? On the lighter side, families can also discuss pet care. Whose job is it to take care of your pets? How do you make sure they stay happy and healthy?

TV details

Cast:Elise Vincentini
Network:WE
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Adult Written byheidir April 9, 2008
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Behind the Scenes

There is a web site that tells you what really happens behind the scenes. It's not all fun and half the statistics given on the show are not accurate. On a recent visit to the Downtown Dog Lounge, just walking though, there was one person in a play area with over 40 dogs. Not safe. Just looks at this web site.
Adult Written byGennifer April 9, 2008
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Grooming is a joke

My name is Gennifer and I am a proffesional groomer and the owner of a daycare and grooming shop. i would never allow my groomers to send a dog home ungroomed (unbrushed) however it seems to be a practice that you allow. I hope that you explaine to "Riggs" mom that by not brushing the dog that in six weeks here beautiful goldendoodle will be hairless. Experince is key when grooming dogs. Six wek courses in grooming to not make a good groomer. And for the little mix that your groomer laid on should not have been put on tv without futher explanation to the public, you need to keep in mind that people who are not groomers have no idea why that was required. . There was no reason why that dog should have left your facility with mats in the ears and his top knot looking the way that it looked. I have been grooming for 10 years and in my experince I would NEVER take any of my dogs to a place that would send a dog home unfinished. Your daycare is wonderful. Thank you for your time.. Gennifer owner of Smelly Dog Spa and Bakery Chesterfield MO.
Adult Written byhaylstorm426 April 9, 2008
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I freakin love this show!

I love dogs, I have four huge rescues of my own, so of course, even tho I live in a rural place, I pamper my own dogs because there is no place to take them for that kind of wonderful treatment. Thanks to Adventures in Doggie Daycare, it inspired me to open my own cage free doggie daycare in my area. I meet with the business consultant next week. Wish me luck... woof woof!!!

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