Mutt & Stuff

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Tricks, treats, and positive messages in this doggie school.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than educate. 

Positive Messages

Kids see Calvin and Stuff help their friends deal with the feelings that accompany going to school. Many personality types are on display through the canine characters, which encourages discussion about emotions such as excitement and trepidation in a nonjudgmental way.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Calvin enjoys working with all his canine students, and his care for them is evident. He and Stuff make going to school look like fun, and they teach their dogs a variety of entertaining tricks.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mutt & Stuff is a preschool series about a canine school where the pups perform tricks and stage events such as doggie dance parties. Their human pack leader, Calvin Millan (son of The Dog Whisperer's Cesar Millan), tends to their physical and emotional needs, offering guidance when they struggle with self-confidence, homesickness, and other issues to which young kids can relate. With a totally tricked-out schoolhouse and adorable dogs who put on a great show, this lively series won't disappoint young dog lovers. Even better, it touches on issues preschoolers will understand and likely will want to talk about after the show's end.   

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1, 5, and 9 year old Written byAgofframsey January 30, 2016

Puppy Love

My one year old had no interest in TV until we came across this show. Only thing he will watch. He LOVES it and my girls (6,9) are also in love with it. Super c... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 and 15 year old Written byMarye H. July 30, 2016

MUST have Mutt & Stuff

I am an oldie... Puff & Stuff is a great memory from my childhood, but not the reason we searched when this started. THE reason we started with show #1... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 28, 2016
there are so many cute dogs amazing show for little kids

What's the story?

MUTT & STUFF is set in a one-of-a-kind school for dogs, with Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan's son, Calvin, in charge of a class of four-legged friends of all shapes and sizes. From dance parties to a home-staged circus, there's never a dull moment in this classroom. But even with all the fun and games, adjusting to school can be difficult at times, so the pups turn to Calvin and his oversize doggie friend, Stuff, to help them through the tougher moments. 

Is it any good?

Mutt & Stuff offers some decent messages about interpersonal relationships and building self-awareness through the experiences of its canine characters. Whether it's a pup who's missing his person during the school day or a doggie who's fretting over whether his talent can hold up to his friends', kindly Calvin is always prepared to help his friends through these kinds of challenges.

Even so, the show's best quality is its visual appeal, particular for those whose idea of a good time is a gaggle of adorable dogs doing amazing tricks. It's bound to be a crowd-pleaser for both preschoolers and their parents, and, with a little effort from you, it can start conversations about many of the emotional concerns kids of this age face. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the dogs in the show. What makes them similar to each other? In what ways is each one unique? What makes your kids different from their friends? Why is diversity a good thing?   

  • Kids: Do you like to try new things and have new experiences? Are you ever scared to do so? To whom can you turn for help when you're away from home?

  • Parents: If your preschoolers go to school, have them compare their experiences with what they see in this show. How is this classroom specially made for dogs rather than people? In what ways are their daily activities similar to yours? 

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