25 Show Dogs Movie Lessons and Activities

25 Show Dogs Movie Lessons and Activities

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EDIT 5/21: As I often do, I wrote about lessons and activities to go with this movie before seeing it. (I am not part of a movie preview group.) However, I can’t in good conscience leave this up without adding this information. It’s a review from Macaroni Kid and contains some information that you’ll definitely want to read before you take your family to see this movie. 


As you may (or may not) know by now, I love a good movie or book pairing with some lesson plans and activities. (I mean, whenever you can include fun movies as teaching resources, I think it’s a win!) And, that’s why I decided to include the Show Dogs movie as part of this pairing.  

Show Dogs is a movie about a police dog named Max and a human FBI agent name Frank on a quest to find a stolen baby panda.

A tip leads them to Las Vegas, where they find themselves part of an exclusive dog show. Max the dog goes under cover as a show dog to infiltrate the show and stop other kidnapping schemes and rescue other animals.


My daughter laughs every time she sees that Show Dogs movie trailer.

(It is pretty funny!)

Check it out:

Show Dogs Movie Trailer

Why the Show Dogs Movie for Learning?

Honestly, it’s really less about the Show Dogs movie (although it is fun to pair up with these items) and more about learning about dogs, the show dog community, pets, and more.

There are really a lot of great angles you can take with this theme lesson.

We’ve given you some creative ideas here, but don’t let it end with these. This topic (dogs, pets, pet care, safety, etc.) is only limited by your imagination!

25 Show Dogs Movie Lessons and Activities and Projects

25 Show Dogs Movie Lesson Plans, Projects, and Activities

So, how the heck do you turn a family movie about some show dogs into a learning opportunity?

Oh ye of little faith . . .

Here are some ways that you can use the Show Dogs movie as a learning opportunity without the kiddos even realizing it!

• Use the movie to inspire reading books with dog show themes:


Understand the different types of dog shows

See if there’s a dog show near you that you can visit!

Learn about dog show etiquette if you plan to visit a dog show

Understand the rules and requirements for showing dogs

Download a Beginner’s Guide to Dog Shows

• See how to train a dog for a dog show:

Read about Dog Show 101

Learn about the history of the Westminster Dog Show

See pictures of the different dog breeds at dog shows

• Learn about dogs and different dog breeds

Do a lesson plan on dogs and breeds

• Learn how to draw a pug

Get 40 Fun Dog Facts for Kids

Complete a dog safety rules activity

Play a pet race game online

Get a Helping Hounds activity to understand service dogs

Do a worksheet on what pets need

Learn “What is a veterinarian?”


Get middle school (grades 6-8) lesson plans from the American Kennel Club that cover language arts, math, science, and social studies

Complete a lesson plan on breeds and genetic dog issues (Grade 7)

Do a lesson plan on animal shelters and volunteerism

Complete a caring for a dog activity

Download some dog breed coloring sheets

Print and create your own dog show ribbons


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