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Dog Gone Trouble | 2021 | TV-Y7 | – 1.3.2

content-ratingsWhy is “Dog Gone Trouble” rated TV-Y7? The TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board rating indicates that “this program is designed for children age 7 and above.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes several scenes of maltreating dogs and near accidents in traffic, fights between dogs and squirrels, arguments with shouting and throwing items, some scatological humor, and some mild language and name-calling. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When his wealthy owner dies, a dog (voiced by Big Sean) is thrown out onto the streets by greedy relatives. With the help of another stray canine (voiced by Pamela Aldon) and a young singer-songwriter (voiced by Lucy Hale) the dog learns about hardship and finds his forever home. Also with Wilmer Valderrama, Betty White, Snoop Dogg and Damon Wayans Jr. Directed by Keven Johnson. [Running Time: 1:28]

Dog Gone Trouble SEX/NUDITY 1

 – Squirrels make a few potentially suggestive comments about nuts: protect our nuts, don’t touch my nuts, refresh your nuts, and so on. A small dog rubs against a man’s leg as if mating and the man kicks the dog away. A dog with his back to the screen seems to be licking its crotch.

Dog Gone Trouble VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A woman pretends to cry and wails that her aunt is “gone,” meaning dead and we later see a video of the aunt saying that she is dead if this video is being viewed.
 A small dog is thrown out of a woman’s house after her death and ends up inside a semi-truck where he screams at his own reflection in a mirror and cries at a portrait of the departed woman. A truck screeches and skids and a dog falls out the back and rolls into a tree, but is unharmed, albeit dirty. A dog screams at a butterfly that scares him.
 A man threatens to kill a small dog several times. Several squirrels threaten to kill a dog several times and the squirrels dance and pounce around the dog in a few scenes and punch him without inflicting injury. A man says, “I’m going in for the kill,” and “I bring them back, even in bits and pieces,” several times, but harms no one; he carries a large rifle but never fires it.
 A small dog in traffic is missed by a truck and racing cars in three scenes. A scooter upends without hurting the woman rider. A dog is thrown into a tree’s knothole and when squirrels pull him out, millions of acorns fly out and form a “waterfall” over a cliff. Two dogs growl and run through a restaurant, causing plates to break loudly and a man to shout and toss them into the street (they are uninjured). In a flashback, a little boy is saved by his dog from being hit by a truck with screeching tires and the boy’s father shouts at the dog and throws it out as a stray.
 A woman shouts and punches a man throwing him off-screen in two scenes. A man and a woman argue several times. A dog is shouted at and thrown out onto the streets in two different scenes by different women. A twenty-something woman is loudly berated in three scenes by men; and one man evicts her from her apartment. Two homeless dogs root through garbage in hopes of finding food and eat part of an old pizza. In a few scenes, dogs look sad and whine and they growl at people in a few other scenes. Squirrels break into an apartment, beat up a small dog (although no injuries are evident) and trash the apartment. A woman enters an apartment, finds a mess and her guitar broken; she looks sad. Dogs in a pound whine and look sad, and growl at visitors; one dog cries and blows its nose on a handkerchief. Dogs escape a pound and run into a mansion where a woman, two men, several squirrels, and a few other dogs are running, shouting, growling, punching and slapping one another, and knocking over furniture (no injuries are seen); the chaos lasts several seconds until the animals become tired. A woman and a man are disinherited by a mansion owner’s will and forced to leave. Women are knocked down by a dog but are uninjured in a couple of scenes. A dog says, “My owner wants to kill me,” but we hear the owner is trying only to get him to play dead as a trick. A dog whines at the sounds of rain and thunder. A few night scenes feature off -screen sounds of sirens, dogs barking and growling, and cats howling.
 Many instances of bathroom humor are presented: A man pretends to be a monkey and a dog sniffing a dog’s rear, rubbing his body on grass and sidewalks, fainting at his own bad breath, and a woman gags at the smell. A man eats an acorn. Several dogs sniff the rear of a smaller dog and in several scenes, and drag their rear ends across grass and a tile floor. A squirrel rubs its rear end over a dog collar it has stolen from a small dog. A dog flatulates and grimaces, and another dog gags at the smell. A dog burps. A dog spits into a bowl and we see some spittle, and a man wipes some spit off a woman’s nose (she is holding the bowl). At a restaurant, a chef complains that dogs come in and slobber on the food, but we do not see this.

Dog Gone Trouble LANGUAGE 2

 – 5 mild scatological terms, 14 mild anatomical terms, name-calling (crazy, nuts, stupid, idiot, bloodsucking bat, bucktooth bush rats, bush beavers, grease-ball, road kill, pipsqueak, joke, giant, mutt, vermin, old lady, bird, fleabag, smelly, dirty, junk, circus clowns, runt, dumb, cheapskate scoundrels, punk, tutu group, fruit cocktail, Scarface, Miss Anger Management, Off-Broadway Beavers, Millennials), exclamations (shut-up, shut it, shhh, jeez, what the …, hey, ugh, argh, wow, whoa, whooo, ow), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, My God, For God’s Sake, Thank The Canine Dogs). | profanity glossary |

Dog Gone Trouble SUBSTANCE USE

 – A dog says about a man, “I want whatever bone that dude’s chewing on” possibly implying the effects of a drug (no drugs are seen or used).

Dog Gone Trouble DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Talking animals, fantasy, greed, selfishness, lack of consideration, animal rights, taking care of pets, responsibility, getting lost, homelessness, loneliness, poverty, death, loss, grief, mistrust, fear, rejection, sorrow, friendship, unconditional love, conspiracy theories.

Dog Gone Trouble MESSAGE

 – Homeless animals and homeless people have a lot in common.

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