First Trailer for 'Pick of the Litter' Dog Documentary from Slamdance

January 23, 2018
Source: Vimeo

Pick of the Litter Doc Trailer

"They have to do everything correctly 100% of the time." Aw, puppies!! An official trailer has debuted for a film titled Pick of the Litter, a documentary about puppies. No, really. The film is actually about the process of choosing the right dog to be trained as a Guide Dog for the blind. I feel like there have been films made about this before (a few from Japan perhaps) but why not another one? Everyone loves dogs! At least I do. The documentary, from filmmakers Don Hardy Jr. & Dana Nachman, follows dogs as they are trained for two years. It also spends time with the Guide Dog community and introduces us to some of the people who end up getting these dogs as their companion and best friend. This actually looks adorable, of course, and I'm curious to see it. This is premiering at the Slamdance Film Festival this month, surprisingly enough.

Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Don Hardy Jr. & Dana Nachman's doc Pick of the Litter, from Vimeo:

Pick of the Litter Poster

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. Pick of the Litter is co-directed by filmmakers Don Hardy Jr. (Witch Hunt, Love Hate Love, The Human Experiment, Theory of Obscurity) and Dana Nachman (Witch Hunt, Love Hate Love, The Human Experiment, Batkid Begins). This film is premiering at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival. No release date has been set yet, stay tuned for updates. Who wants to see this?!

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Poor babies. Such a kind act but I feel so bad they're being bred to work. 🙁 Ugh, I love dogs.

ragethorn on Jan 23, 2018


I'd be more curious about the ones who train and fail.

DAVIDPD on Jan 23, 2018


They are called "career change" and are either adopted out or retrained as a different kind of working dog. Puppy raisers are given first choice then they are carefully matched otherwise. We have been privileged to have two as family pets, although we also certified both as therapy dogs. If for some reason a career change cannot remain with its adopter, by contract it MUST either go to an immediate family member or back to Guide Dog to be rehomed appropriately. Often puppy raisers have career changes as well.

ecb97068 on Feb 26, 2018


I had a dog and a cat as a kid. We were good, but that was it. I don't miss that anymore. As said, they have been bred for purpose. I don't like the idea either...

shiboleth on Jan 23, 2018


Poor babies. Such a kind act but I feel so bad they're being bred to work. 🙁 Ugh, I love dogs.

ramona wise on Jan 24, 2018


I am a puppy raiser who trains Guide Dogs, and these dogs love to work. There is no need to feel sorry for the pups.

Eliza Haven on Feb 16, 2018


It really isn't even work, though... and, to truly love something is to understand it and provide it with the things that make it happy. Having a purpose makes dogs very very happy. These dogs get to be with their best friend all day, every day. They get love and snacks all day and simply have a human taking their queues on where it is and is not safe to go and when it is safe to do so. They get treated better than most of the animals in the world, since many pet parents think it is acceptable to leave their animals alone for 4+ hrs, much less a full work day, on a regular basis. "Training" is simply coming up with a common language that both you and the animal understand.

Kelsey Niemeyer on Feb 26, 2018

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