Dog trainer Brandon McMillan has trained close to 10,000 dogs for television, movies, commercials, videos and people. He will now be starring in the show “Lucky Dog” on CBS, where over the course of a season he saves 22 dogs in 22 weeks. Each week begins with McMillan visiting a different shelter, evaluating the dogs, and choosing one to train in seven different obedience commands. “I can only take one out. That means I have to walk by 99 I can’t take. All 100 are very trainable, very place-able and just as smart as the next dog. Often the one I choose just comes down to one I make a connection with,” McMillan said. After training the chosen dog, McMillan will train the chosen family, in hopes that they can continue to bond with the dog.
One thing that caught our attention here at One Green Planet was the show’s decision not to feature animals with an abusive past on the show. McMillan stated, “the viewers that watch this show are not going to want to see a dog that’s been in a fight. This is a family show.” McMillan does train animals with abusive pasts off screen, so if he has the capabilities to train them as well, why not show that to viewers? It would understandably be an issue to have a “family show” that would air graphic footage of animal abuse, but it’s also another to potentially ignore that such problems exist and greatly contribute to the number of animals in shelters. The show airs Saturday mornings on CBS (check local listings for time) and perhaps some viewers can comment on whether or not the show will be all bark, and no bite.