A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that they and their kids will develop an increased respect for dogs' intelligence after watching the animals' skill at jobs in which humans wouldn't out-qualify them. This series is a great way to introduce kids to the idea of a "working dog" so that they can recognize and respect those they might meet in everyday life. The show also celebrates the emotional connection between humans and companion animals by highlighting their special level of co-dependence and cooperation.
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What's the story?
DOGS WITH JOBS is a heartwarming tribute to the loving, intelligent, courageous canines worldwide who work beside humans in many capacities. These amazing animals sniff out drugs and bombs, track missing persons, act as eyes for the blind, and provide emotional companionship. The series explains the placement process for dogs in certain jobs, and how specialized trainers in various fields often look for particular breeds, as well as heightened senses and appropriate temperament. Each 30-minute episode usually features the stories of two or three dogs.
Is it any good?
Dogs With Jobs is a good TV choice for the family -- and if yours includes four-legged friends, it may inspire you to head outside and work out a few new tricks. While the segments' brevity will hold the attention of younger viewers, older ones may find themselves wanting more background or follow-up on the animals.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the dogs are selected for certain jobs. What traits do the trainers seek out for certain jobs? What special skills or natural features (size, strength, hearing, eyesight) are important? What are some of your special skills? What jobs might they make you suited for? Parents also should explain the importance of not approaching a working dog on the job.