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The series shows patient, knowledgeable training change bad behavior in dogs. The show is set in an Eastern Orthodox monastery, but aside from monastic clothing and the occasional mention of worship services or spiritualism, there's little religious influence.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that adorable dogs and mild-tempered monks share the spotlight in this canine-obedience series, so there's virtually no content to worry about. A monk schooled in dog training works patiently with the pooches to correct behavior like jumping on furniture and refusing to obey commands. The other brothers talk about the importance of socializing young dogs for human contact and explain how living and working with the animals enriches their lives. Dog lovers of all ages will enjoy watching the human/canine interaction, but young kids may be bored by the training sessions.
Is It Any Good?
There's something endearing about watching people and dogs relate, and in touching asides, the monks often describe how their interactions with the animals have improved the quality of their lives. Viewers will also learn a few tricks of the trade, including socialization methods and how to create a comfortable atmosphere for often-stressful tasks like nail trimming and vet visits. And then there's Brother Christopher's mastery of obedience training, which might offer frustrated pet owners some helpful hints. Divine Canine is well suited for family viewing, but the training sessions probably won't hold youngsters' attention like the occasional shots of roly-poly puppies will.
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