Dogs With Jobs

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Man's best friend shows off impressive skills.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Some scenes show how elderly people and people with various disabilities experience increased independence with the assistance of trained dogs. The dogs provide valuable services to their owners and society.

Violence & Scariness

Scenes with police dogs may involve guns and gunfire, but it's only for training purposes (i.e., background shooting while the dog learns to keep his concentration).

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 year old Written byAndrea L. February 8, 2017

More violent than expected

I was surprised the violence was never mentioned in the official review. We watched 1.5 episodes and decided not to continue. In the first episode, the dog owne... Continue reading
Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written byElysse C. January 26, 2018

Avoid the police episodes

Other than the police dog episodes (half of episode 1 and half of episode 2), it’s a great show. The police dog episodes include violent reenactments, lots of s... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 26, 2009

Great Show!

This show is just simply great. I love it (and animals too)

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.

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