A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Notes some of the rules and skills associated with Crufts. It also shows how hard work can lead to positive results, and the importance of self-confidence.
Demonstrates how dogs and their owners can have close connections that are positive and healing, and how this makes them better at the sport.
Positive Role Models
The people who work for Crufts are volunteers. Owners are committed to their dogs and the sport; some have overcome physical and emotional challenges throughout their lives in positive ways. Jennifer Fraser is shown complaining about her loss in 2022 and posting her comments on social media, which has a negative impact on another trainer.
The trainers featured here are women, and from different countries. One self-defines as Asian; another is a person of color but does not self-define.
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Violence & Scariness
A dog has a serious medical problem that brings the owner to tears. Some trainers have physical injuries or ailments that cause them to cry out in pain; this sometimes makes dog dancing challenging.
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The word "ass" is used in one episode, and a curse word is completely muted during another moment.
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Products & Purchases
Occasionally logos for Cruft sponsors are partially visible during footage of the competitions. TikTok is featured in one installment.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Secret Life of Dancing Dogs is a family-friendly series that features dogs and their human counterparts training for, and participating in, the British Crufts dog dancing competition. Some of the participants are mildly competitive, but good sportsmanship is reinforced most of the time. There's are strong words ("ass") uttered and a curse is muted. The physical and mental health of owners and their dogs is also discussed, but within a loving and hopeful context. Logos for Twitter and a few other sponsors are visible during competitions, and TikTok is featured in one episode.
Is It Any Good?
Dog lovers will delight in this sweet and family-friendly docuseries, which features dogs and their dedicated human partners working together to put on fun and skill-filled routines. The Secret Life of Dancing Dogs notes some of the training styles and techniques owners use to teach their canine partner the skills dog dancing judges look for. It also highlights some of the challenges that come with ensuring that routines will go smoothly. But The Secret Life of Dancing Dogs is really about the strong and loyal relationships between the featured dogs and their owners, the latter noting throughout how much the bond between them makes their lives better. Regardless of whether viewers are familiar with the sport of dog dancing, witnessing these genuine connections makes it worth the watch.
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