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Doggy Movie Night: Top 5 Documentaries to Watch with Your Dog


Written by Adam Lee-Smith

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Published: 06/24/2022, edited: 06/24/2022


Documentaries about our fur-babies are usually either heartwarming, heartbreaking, or hilarious. Whatever the subject of the doc, you'll want your canine cuddle buddy to keep you company.

Pups love watching television and seeing their barking buddies on the big screen. Plus, dog-themed documentaries are sure to teach you something new about Tucker. So, break out the “pupcorn”, cozy up to your woofer, and check out these documentaries to watch with your dog!

Dogs (2018)

Netflix's docuseries Dogs is sure to tug at your heartstrings. It follows 10 unique and remarkable stories of dogs and their pet parents across 2 series. This show is an emotional rollercoaster, from the bizarre world of Japanese dog grooming to a tear-jerker about a Syrian refugee trying to reunite with his dog, who's stuck in war-torn Damascus. 

Follow along as a young girl with epilepsy gets a dog that can detect seizures before they happen and an ex-astronaut and his dogs honor the crew lost in the Columbia space shuttle disaster. As with most Netflix content, Dogs is extremely bingeable and is ideal for a cozy night on the sofa with Spot.

Louis Theroux's LA Stories: City of Dogs (2014)

The City of Dogs is a tragic look into the street dog population of South Los Angeles. British journalist Louis Theroux meets people from different walks of life to see what can be done to help abandoned and problem dogs in some of LA's most deprived areas. 

While touring areas like Watts and Compton, Louis examines issues surrounding training, overcrowded kennels, abandonment, and more. Even many people trying to help dogs in this documentary get the fundamentals of dog ownership wrong. 

Louis' understated interview style and outside perspective gives a keen insight into how dogs are often mistreated. It's an eye-opening dog documentary that'll make you want to hug your hound extra tight.

Prison Dogs (2016)

Prison Dogs shows that even inmates who've committed some of the most heinous crimes imaginable are capable of contributing to society. This documentary follows prisoners in New York chosen to train puppies to become service dogs for veterans with PTSD. 

In 2 years, the inmates must teach their puppies over 100 commands to prepare for life as service dogs. Prison Dogs highlights how training a service dog can help rehabilitate not just veterans but prison inmates as well. Just make sure you have a box of tissues ready, as this is an emotional ride!

The Trouble with Wolves (2018)

Learn about your dog's wild ancestors with The Trouble With Wolves. This documentary showcases a conservation project that saw gray wolves reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding states. 

Despite the project initially being seen as a rousing success, the wolf population in the western US has rapidly expanded, causing problems for livestock and farmers. Heated debates ensue, resulting in court battles and even death threats. It's an intriguing look at conservation in general and how we view these iconic predatory canines. 

Life in the Doghouse (2018)

If you're searching for the "ultimutt" heartwarming dog documentary, look no further than Life in the Doghouse. Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta run Danny and Ron's Rescue, which has helped find homes for more than 10,000 dogs over the course of 10 years. 

One unique aspect of this rescue is that all the resdients have free roam of their house, with sometimes over 70 pups running around. Ron and Danny also have a one-of-a-kind approach to adoption by getting dogs adopted at horse shows. Danny and Ron's selfless acts are sure to put a smile on your face and make you want to support their tireless work.

Did we miss one of your favorite documentaries to watch with your dog? Share with us in the comments or on Instagram @wag!

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