Calvin Wheeler is a scheming 13-year-old boy with everything going for him, except for an original issue of his precious comic book collection. When a prized show-dog chases him down while ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $5.99 on Amazon Video

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hatching Pete (TV Movie 2009)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When Cleatus can't play the school mascot, Pete has to secretly do the job.

Director: Stuart Gillard
Stars: Jason Dolley, Mitchel Musso, Tiffany Thornton
Stuck in the Suburbs (TV Movie 2004)
Comedy | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Teenager Brittany is bored with her quiet suburban life. She finds excitement when her phone is switched with the phone of Jordan Cahill. Jordan, only the top teen pop singer, has come to her town to make a music video.

Director: Savage Steve Holland
Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Brenda Song, Amanda Shaw
Read It and Weep (TV Movie 2006)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A shy and retiring high school student develops a peculiar alter ego that changes her life forever.

Director: Paul Hoen
Stars: Kay Panabaker, Danielle Panabaker, Alexandra Krosney
Go Figure (TV Movie 2005)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A teenager dreams of becoming a champion ice-skater, and soon discovers a top Russian instructor is working at a nearby private school.

Director: Francine McDougall
Stars: Jordan Hinson, Whitney Sloan, Cristine Rose
The Luck of the Irish (TV Movie 2001)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A teenager must battle for a gold charm to keep his family from being controlled by an evil leprechaun.

Director: Paul Hoen
Stars: Ryan Merriman, Henry Gibson, Alexis Lopez
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A Californian teenager learns that she is the reincarnation of a legendary female warrior destined to protect the world.

Director: John Laing
Stars: Brenda Song, Shin Koyamada, Susan Chuang
Twitches (TV Movie 2005)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Two teen witches who were separated at birth and were adopted by two different families meet on their 21st birthday and must use their powers to save the world in which they were born, where their birth mother still lives.

Director: Stuart Gillard
Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Kristen Wilson
The Cheetah Girls 2 (TV Movie 2006)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

The girl group return for more adventures, this time traveling to Spain to take part in a music festival.

Director: Kenny Ortega
Stars: Raven-Symoné, Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan
Den Brother (TV Movie 2010)
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A high school hockey player forced to lead his sister's Girl Guide troop.

Director: Mark L. Taylor
Stars: Hutch Dano, G. Hannelius, Vicki Lewis
The Cheetah Girls (TV Movie 2003)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Four teens aim to take the world by storm with their music.

Director: Oz Scott
Stars: Raven-Symoné, Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams
Cow Belles (TV Movie 2006)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In order to learn how to be responsible, two wealthy teen sisters are forced to work in the family business by their exasperated father. When company funds goes missing, it's up to the girls to save the day.

Director: Francine McDougall
Stars: Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Jack Coleman
Cory in the House (2007–2008)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Cory In The House is about Cory and Victor Baxter, the brother and father of Raven Baxter from "That's So Raven". The president of USA decides he needs a good chef, and hires Victor to be ... See full summary »

Stars: Kyle Massey, Jason Dolley, Maiara Walsh
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Preston Price
...
Calvin's Dad
...
Calvin's Mom
Ibrahim Abdel-Baaith ...
Rondel
...
Rondel's Mother
Sierra Squires ...
Young Girl
...
Young Boy
Cameron Jones ...
Dishwasher
...
A.C. Officer #1
Emmit Cannon ...
Thrash
Eric Deng ...
Miles
Kelly Coombs ...
Julie
Edit

Storyline

Calvin Wheeler is a scheming 13-year-old boy with everything going for him, except for an original issue of his precious comic book collection. When a prized show-dog chases him down while skateboarding one day, his owner inadvertently convinces him to adopt and train a dog of his own. However the only one available, is an uncouth stray Labrador/St. Bernard-mix named Tyko from a local animal shelter, who proves to be more than anybody can handle. Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It'll take a few new tricks to get Calvin out of the doghouse!

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 July 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az élet egy aduász  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Calvin and Emily are playing a video game they are using controllers for a Nintendo 64 system but in a wide shot their is no cartridge in the N64 on the table. See more »

Quotes

[on Calvin's plans to steal back the team's playbook]
Rondel: Hey, what's this gonna cost me?
Calvin Wheeler: What makes you think I'm not doing this in the name of good sportsmanship, school spirit, and all that?
Rondel: Because I know you, Calvin.
Calvin Wheeler: Okay, that's good enough for me.
See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Dog
Produced by James Houston
Performed by Kyle Massey (as Kyle Massey)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
this is a Disney movie that overcomes all before it!
18 July 2005 | by (Pennsylvania,US) – See all my reviews

The two Disney Channel movies that are the absolute best are Tru Confessions and Life is Ruff. This has a great story about a selfish kid named Calvin (Kyle Massey) who collects Gotham Man comics and to receive the first ever comic of the Gotham Man comic series, he has to learn responsibility by teaching a big dog new tricks. This movie reminds me of Air Bud and Shiloh, except that those are dramas and this is a first-rate comedy that hits high on my account. If you miss this movie, you'll really be missing something you can watch and enjoy with friends, because they will all be talking about it afterward. The only dog movie that could ever top this one is My Dog Skip. 10/10*


19 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What do you hate most about Disney Channel Movies? Pythonman
tyko dog breed blak_clark_kent
Preston and his dog should have won... I_Am_Just_Me
Puppy Blooper Squirrel_Tagger
what kind of dog was jauque? preston's dog? blank172
When they are playing the N64 their is no game in it lol. zonemonkeydude
Discuss Life Is Ruff (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?