Netflix Have A New Documentary Called ‘Pick Of The Litter’ About The Training Of Guide Dogs

Becky HarrisBecky Harris in Entertainment, Netflix, TV
Published 17.09.19
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Dog lovers, this one is for you!

Netflix have released a new documentary about dogs! Or as the poster for the movie says, a dog-umentary. Not just any dogs, but puppies who are trained to become service dogs.

First we were blessed with the documentary “Dogs” (which is set to have a season 2 release at some point) which the streaming service released last November and now we have this. So many paws and little wagging tails. I simply can’t resist.

Here’s the trailer:

The new documentary follows a litter of pups who are then trained to become to guide dogs for the blind. The documentary is 1 hour and 20 minutes of pure doggo fun and I could not think of a better way to spend my time. What’s better than watching dogs? I mean you couldn’t persuade me anymore. You had me at dog.

The synopsis of the show says:

“Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become Guide Dogs for the Blind, the ultimate canine career. Cameras follow these pups through a two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, the dogs meet a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human. The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut. Only the best of the best. The pick of the litter.”

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If I knew being a director or cinematographer meant following dogs about all day then I definitely would have re-thought my career path.

Just to make it cuter, I’m going to tell you what all the dogs names are. The names were chosen by members of the non-profit organisation Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) and they decided that all the names would begin with “P”. There are five pups and their names are Patriot, Potomac, Primrose, Poppet and Phil. I mean come on, the name Poppet? That makes my heart swell bigger than the Grinch on the Christmas.

The documentary follows all five pups going through basic training with their volunteer “puppy raisers”. The pups live with the raisers until they are 16 months old before graduating to a 10-week guide-dog course. However, some of the dogs don’t always graduate as they don’t have the skillset needed in order to become a guide dog. Although this sounds utterly heart-breaking and makes you want to eat ice cream and cuddle your fur baby, it’s not all actually bad news.

If the dogs aren’t eligible for life as a service dog, then they’re released from the program and adopted into a fur-ever home! So, either way the pups get a new hooman to embark on a new journey with.

The show has received a resounding 97% on Rotten Tomatoes – ‘bit disappointing the good boyos didn’t get 100%, but ok.

Los Angeles Times said ““Pick of the Litter” will draw tears too — happy ones. It’s simply amazing to see how these animals will open up the whole world for their handlers.”

In my opinion, we don’t deserve dogs. They’re too pure of a creature and just so damn cute and loyal. Dogs are the real rulers of the world, we serve simply for them. And I’m ok with that.

The documentary is on Netflix now, so grab your remote (and the tissues) and get to watching!

Images via Netflix/YouTube

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