by Alikay Wood
From “lucky” dogs to cantankerous farm critters, there has never been a better time for animals on television. Here are a few of our favorites.
The Netflix docuseries Dogs chronicles the stories of dogs around the world. The first season features stories of a service dog helping a girl with epilepsy, a refugee trying to rescue his dog from Syria and a dog grooming competition. The far-reaching stories will appeal to animal lovers and world travelers alike.
Since 2011, Dr. Jan Pol has been treating some of the more than 19,000 clients under his care on his Nat Geo Wild show The Incredible Dr. Pol. The series follows Dr. Pol as he diagnoses and treats farm animals in rural Michigan.
Proving once and for all that baby animals are adorable, Too Cute follows these tiny creatures in their first few weeks of life as they learn to walk and explore the world around them. The show ended in 2014, but reruns still air on the Discovery Channel.
America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel teams up with the Instagram account @AnimalsDoingThings on this new show from Nat Geo Wild. The series highlights animals doing hilarious and often uncannily human-like things.
The family of famed crocodile hunter Steve Irwin return to reality TV in this new docuseries. The show follows Terri Irwin and her children Bindi and Robert as they work together to care for the animals at the Australian Zoo. It premieres on October 28 on Animal Planet.
Australian veterinarian Dr. Chris Brown takes his skills on the road in this series from Animal Planet. Dr. Brown travels the globe to care for some of the most exotic and rare animals on the planet.
The “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan returns to television in this Nat Geo Wild series. He teams up with concerned loved ones to help pet owners better train and handle their animals.
This uplifting CBS show follows trainer Brandon McMillan as he rescues difficult and untrained animals from shelters and brings them to Lucky Dog Ranch, where he turns them into model pets.
Tia Torres and her team of parolees star in this show centered on training and rehabilitating pit bulls at the Villalobos Rescue Center. The new season airs in October 2018 on Animal Planet.
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