Parents' Guide to

Pet Star

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Spotlight-craving trainers show off pet tricks.

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Kids young and old will get a chuckle out of these animals' antics, and the owners are people of all ages and ethnicities. Unlike Animal Tails, another animal variety show, Pet Star doesn't feature any segments on the characteristics of different species or give training tips. And parents may want to watch out for somewhat suggestive lines from judges about pets reminding them of their ex-wives or the extracurricular activities of the trainers who are so involved with their pets.

But the biggest issue here is the ethical question of whether animals should be expected to perform and compete on television in the first place. Dogs catching balls and Frisbees is one thing, a pig dressed in a tutu and asked to slam dunk like "Squeal O'Neil" is another. The judges do comment on such acts and ask whether the animals really want to perform -- or whether the owner just wants to be on television. It's an interesting topic, and one that you can discuss with your kids as well.

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