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Seven best TV shows and movies for dog lovers

Movies for dog lovers: Image of a scene from A Dog's Journey
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If you can’t get enough of all things canine-related, then you’re going to love our picks of the top TV shows and movies for dog lovers. From unruly mutts undergoing behavior and obedience training to heart-warming films that will have you laughing out loud one minute and reaching for the tissues the next, these rainy-day boredom-busters are perfect for binge-watching with your canine companion.

So, snuggle up on the sofa, get the popcorn and Milk Duds at the ready, and let’s peruse the virtual shelves for the best TV shows and movies for dog lovers...

1 Dogs (Netflix 2018)

Break out the tissues and Scooby snacks for you and your best friend, it’s about to get emotional!

Through six individual episodes, Dogs explores the intimate stories and emotional human-canine bond in a storytelling format that is both rich and dramatically compelling. 

From New York City rescues to the faithful colleague of a Lake Como fisherman via war-torn Syria, the series is a heartfelt tribute to the extraordinary relationships that form between our two species, regardless of culture or circumstance. 

2 A Dog’s Journey (Netflix 2019)

The sequel to A Dog’s Purpose, this film picks up right where the last popular installment left off, with beloved dog Bailey finding a new mission in the form of Ethan’s granddaughter, CJ. 

Seeking to protect her no matter what, Bailey and CJ’s journey and friendship is one that will warm your heart and have you reaching for the tissues. 

3. The Healing Powers of Dude (Netflix 2020)

This heartfelt easy-watching comedy series follows 11-year-old socially anxious Noah as he navigates the choppy waters of his first days of school with emotional support dog Dude in tow.

Together, the pair encounter all the hallmark toe-curling moments from all our school days with only each other to help make it through. 

Alongside a colourful cast of classmates and adults, the show, which is set to return for a second series in January 2021, is a delightful tonic to the anxieties of modern teenage life and shines a poignant spotlight on positive pet influence.

4. Canine Intervention (Netflix 2021)

Following renowned Oakland dog trainer, Jas Leverette, as he runs one of the top dog training facilities in California, Canine Intervention features Jas working with a variety of dogs and their owners to fix issues ranging from behavior to obedience. 

Featuring 6 action-packed episodes, the stunning transformations these dogs undergo will warm your heart and prove that with care and training, no dog is beyond redemption.

5. Homeward Bound (Amazon/iTunes 1993)

A remake of one of Disney’s most popular pet flicks, this touching epic follows golden retriever Shadow and American Bulldog Chance as they navigate a perilous journey across America with their smart-mouthed feline companion, Sassy.

The film holds such a significant place in family folklore that aggregate review website CinemaScore gave it an average grade of A+. 

A complete family film for all ages (and according to some Amazon reviews, pets as well!) with laughter, drama and heart-tugs aplenty.

6. Think Like a Dog (Amazon 2020)

A 12-year old’s science experiment goes awry, resulting in him forging a telepathic connection with his dog. Joining forces, this dynamic duo uses their unique perspectives on life to overcome complications at home and at school with hilarious consequences.

7. Isle of Dogs (Amazon/iTunes 2018)

From the genius mind of Wes Anderson comes an Oscar-nominated animated family adventure to remember. 

Set in a fantasy Japan, an executive order banishes all canines to a distant Trash Island compelling 12 year old Atari to embark on a quest to find his bodyguard dog, Spots.

A wonderfully rich storyline supported by an all star cast including Bryan Cranston and Edward Norton, Isle of Dogs is a unique cinematic experience that is as compelling for cinephiles as it is for children.