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Netflix Adds Documentary About Puppies Training To Become Guide Dogs

Netflix Adds Documentary About Puppies Training To Become Guide Dogs

Get ready to fall in love with Patriot, Potomac, Primrose, Poppet and Phil

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

If you're in your mid-20s and you started watching everything that's on Netflix right now, you might finish it off just before death.

It's a pretty hard feat considering there are so many TV shows and movies on the streaming platform and most of them are really, really good.

However, a new documentary should go to the front of your list because, well, it's incredible.

Pick of the Litter is a documentary about how puppies become guide dogs.

There shouldn't even need to be more words in this article to make you want to watch this because, um, hello, they're puppies being all cute and stuff trying to learn how to help some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

The official synopsis reads: "[The documentary] follows a litter of puppies from the moment they're born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind.

"Cameras follow these pups through an intense two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm.


"Along the way, these remarkable animals rely on 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."

Viewers will get to see Patriot, Potomac, Primrose, Poppet and Phil go from bumbling, silly puppies, to fully-functioning guide dogs.

It certainly seemed like a smash hit with audiences considering it scored 97 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Critics all agreed that this documentary is one worth watching.


The Times' Kevin Maher wrote: "Yes, the structural constraints and the emotional rhythms of reality TV competition shows are all over this, but it's mostly irresistible."

Lisa Trifone from the Third Coast Review added: "The story of a litter of five Labrador puppies, this warm-hearted gem of a film will cure what ails you, both in the moment and each time you think back to their journey into service and the trainers and adoptive families who make it possible."

While Radio Times' Andrew Collins wrote: "Having chronicled the incredible story of a five-year-old 'superhero' who survives cancer in Batkid Begins, director Dana Nachman sets her sights on a more everyday heroism in this clear-eyed, heartfelt documentary about training guide dogs."

Pick of the Litter is now on Netflix.

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Netflix