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Lucky Dog

Lucky Dog

Spring 2016 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

There are dog trainers and there are dog rescuers. Brandon McMillan is both. And his dogs are, indeed, lucky.

The way the show works is this: We see him get a call from a local shelter about a particularly hard-luck case. McMillan will drive to get the dog, nurse it back to health, train it and then find it a loving home.

One episode featured Stark, a sweet cocker mix stray with bad habits. Another episode focused on Tweetie, a Maltese mix who was so malnourished she looked like she might not make it. And there was Lily, the golden retriever who underwent training to help Eva, a young woman with a muscular disorder.

The show's tone is heartwarming and uplifting, as McMillan uses positive treat-reward training methods. Kids who watch should note how patient he is about repeatedly teaching the dog what to do.

If you're thinking of bringing a dog into your home, this show will probably clinch it for you, as McMillan makes it seem that any dog can be nursed and nurtured until he or she ultimately finds a proper home.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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