Parents' Guide to

Pup Academy

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Charming dog fantasy series with a few student stereotypes.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 7+

Why are wolves still portrayed as bad guys?

As a parent who cares deeply about environmental issues I am disappointed that shows like this continue to portray wolves as the ‘bad guys’. Wolves were hunted to extinction in the lower 48 states before re-introduction. The decimation of predators has thrown our wild areas out of balance, species they traditionally hunted are way overpopulated and causing environmental damage as well as increased damage to property and loss of life (car collisions with deer, etc.). There are plenty of other ‘bad guy’ characters the writers could have come up with if they had just a little creativity. Yet they chose to continue the false stereotype of the big bad wolf. I disagree with the “positive messages” rating this show has in here. Rather than educating our kids this show is indoctrinating them into the age old myths and misinformation about wolves. While some might argue it is a harmless show I disagree. We form many of our lifelong views of the world as kids and shows like this can put false narratives deep into the subconscious of our future leaders. While our kids should be taught to respect nature this show at best gives them indifference to wolves, I can only hope it doesn’t go further than that and reinforce the misunderstanding and malice humans have shown toward this important keystone species for generations.
age 7+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (25 ):

This fun, family-friendly series features lots of cute dogs doing even cuter things while their human companions have no knowledge about the special education they're receiving. Meanwhile, some of the canine student body personify common human stereotypes, including the smart one, the party lover, the effusive cheerleader, and, of course, the school bullies. While they train to be good and well-disciplined companions for humans, the pups often find themselves caught up in activities that require them to problem-solve, and to learn when it its appropriate to look to humans like Morgan, Charlie, and even Corazon's human companion Izzie (played by Aria Birch) for help.

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