Review: Pick of the Litter

The Joy of Movies

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

There are eight hundred dogs born every year at Guide Dogs for the Blind, only three hundred of which will actually make the cut as working guide dogs.

The stories of five of these adorable Labrador puppies, and the humans who help raise them, are told in Pick of the Litter, a thoroughly satisfying new documentary that takes us through the entire process behind choosing a guide dog.

Directors Dana Nachman and Don Hardy Jr., who also made the similarly sentimental and crowd-pleasing documentary Batkid Begins, follow these five puppies right from birth, and take us along for the journey as they are placed with trainers, put through a rigorous testing process, and finally placed with their human companions, if they make the cut.

The dogs that aren’t able to become guides get “career changed,” and end up either as breeders…

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