Parents' Guide to

Lucky Dog

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Animal rehabilitation tales are inspiring for families.

TV CBS Reality TV 2013
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Great show!

My fiancée and I started watching this and it is a heartwarming show so I allowed my 7 year old daughter to join us and she loves it as much as we do.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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LUCKY DOG is a feel-good reality series that affirms the joys of loving a homeless animal. Brandon's role in the process is essential, of course, but what's more striking than his incredible ability to train these challenging dogs is his devotion to their emotional needs. His is a philosophy of positive reinforcement that takes into account the dog's strengths, even if they're initially problematic. What to do with a dog who's a chronic jumper? Provide him with a constructive outlet for his habit, such as agility training with hoops, while teaching him to control the urge around people. It's an approach that respects the animal's complete nature and is a good reminder of the intrinsic value of even the most overlooked life.

Because Brandon's training process is relatively simple and the show spends a lot of time following the process from beginning to end, dog owners may pick up some helpful tips they can use with their own pets. But Lucky Dog's most enduring message is one of hope as Brandon helps create new bonds that are rewarding for both the formerly homeless animals as well as the lucky families that welcome them.

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