- 4 Seasons
Dogs 101 is an original series which airs on Animal Planet. The concept of the show is to educate dog lovers and potential dog owners about individual breeds of dog in an effort to make a good match for a home. Each episode features five to six different breeds and focuses on the unique traits of each. To accomplish this, the show utilizes experts from every animal-related discipline, including veterinarians, groomers, breeders and trainers. The show goes through one breed at a time and is presented like a documentary with information provided by a narrator while the dogs themselves are shown. Periodically, an expert will break in with a detail about the dog's health, temperament or other pertinent piece of information. This all serves to educate individuals on the suitability of a particular breed for a household. The show endeavors to give the viewer a well-rounded view of the breed, including the challenges owners may face when they invite the dog to join their family. This allows the viewers to make educated decisions on what kind of dog they may want to consider. Factors discussed include the health, attitude, grooming needs, energy level, and how they get along with children. By the end of each segment, the viewer has been presented with video evidence and expert testimony on the suitability of the breed. At the conclusion of every episode, the breeds are reviewed again so that they can be compared with ease. The show's creators describe it as a "visual encyclopedia" of dog breeds designed to match the right dog with the right home. It points out that there are over 800 different breeds of dog, and each comes with a specific set of attributes and challenges. While the show was originally directed at potential owners, it has gained popularity among dog enthusiasts in a wider population as it serves to educate about different breeds. Additionally, the show encourages viewers to adopt whenever possible, spreading the word on the need for help in the crowded animal shelters.