A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Pack is a reality show in which dogs and their humans travel and compete with one another. Each episode takes place in a different location in North America or Europe, where doggie-owner teams race to finish skill-based tasks, working together to succeed. The Pack takes the time to show how the dogs were trained and the efforts that the producers have made to keep them safe throughout filming. The Pack is a fun introduction to dog ownership, showcasing a wide range of dog capabilities and the kinds of bonds they forge with their humans. However, since it is an Amazon show, you can expect tons of cross-promotion of dog products and other sponsorships.
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What's the story?
THE PACK assembles 12 dogs and their humans for an adventure competition showh hosted by Olympian Lindsey Vonn that takes place throughout North America and Europe. The doggie-human partnerships are split into two groups -- or "packs" -- who race to complete skill-based tasks. A pair from the losing team is eliminated each episode until one Very Good Dog wins $500,000 that they may or may not choose to share with their human. Along the way, the dogs builds friendships and have the adventure of a lifetime. (Or nine lifetimes, if they want to make all the cats left at home jealous.)
Is it any good?
Dogs ride in helicopters, fly down zip lines, and do elaborately staged dance routines on the Los Angeles freeway. So, yes, The Pack is extremely over the top. But at its heart, the series is about the relationships between some incredible and unqiuely skilled pups and their human families. Some of the doggies are great at things like tracking and digging; others are compassionate, loving creatures. A wide range of dog types is represented -- and people, too. The Pack takes extra care to walk viewers through some of the things the show has done to prepare the competitors for their adventures, especially in terms of training and safety measures. Though it often feels a little corny, The Pack is a loving reminder of the wide range of things dogs can do and how they contribute to humans' lives.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about dogs! Do you have a dog? What is your relationship like? Does your dog remind you of any of the dogs on The Pack? Why or why not?
Are you rooting for any of the dogs on The Pack? Who? What unique skills do they bring to the competition that might help them win?
How do the humans treat the dogs? How do the dogs respond? Why is important to train the dogs before the events? Why is important to make sure the dogs are safe?
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