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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this educational series based on dog training is fun for the whole family. Families can learn about their dog's needs, bone up on training techniques, and get tips on how to address problem behaviors like begging, jumping, and chewing. And kids can learn more about pets and their place in the family. One caveat: Gentle as the show's methods are, kids probably shouldn't try them without adult supervision.
What's the story?
Hosted by Jay Stutz, GOOD DOG U brings canine obedience class into your living room. Stutz is a professional canine trainer who helps families guide their dogs into becoming charming, well-behaved companions. In each episode, Stutz visits a family whose dog is having behavioral problems -- such as chewing, digging, aggression, and begging. Demonstrating gentle techniques that assert human dominance over the family pet with a strong-yet-loving hand, Stutz works wonders in turning the naughty doggie into man's best friend.
Is it any good?
All in all, Good Dog U is a great series for families who are thinking about adding a dog to their household. Young viewers will learn that raising a dog is a serious-yet-rewarding responsibility that requires daily attention and care, and dog-lovers of all ages will pick up interesting pet care and training tips. Kids will particularly enjoy the show's puppy feature, which showcases dog owners who bring in their adorable puppies to learn the basics of dog obedience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the training techniques they see on the show. Would any of the methods described work for your dogs? What about for other pets? What kinds of changes would your family need to make to address your pet's iffy behaviors? Families can also discuss the responsibilities of owning a dog and the time and dedication it takes to keep them happy and healthy. What are some of the day-to-day tasks involved in taking care of a dog? What does it take to keep your dog safe, happy, and healthy?
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