Ah, January. It’s a time for new beginnings and goals. It’s also time for a whole new year of Hallmark Channel original movies. 2023 is starting off on the right foot—er, paw—with the premiere of The Dog Lover’s Guide to Dating starring Corey Sevier and Rebecca Dalton on January 1. The only thing better than new Hallmark Channel movies is Hallmark Channel movies with dogs, and we’re getting both on New Year’s Day.
It feels very appropriate to have Corey Sevier in the first new Hallmark Channel movie of 2023 given that his most recent movie, Noel Next Door, kicked off Countdown to Christmas 2022 back in October. Dalton is another familiar face around the network; she had a recurring role in Good Witch and starred in A Perfect Christmas.
Here’s the synopsis of The Dog Lover’s Guide to Dating from Hallmark Channel:
“Alex (Dalton), a professional dog trainer is more enamored of her loyal four-legged clients than she is of their owners whom she never fully trusts. Her skepticism of a dog’s two-legged best friend makes for a difficult, or rather nonexistent, dating life for Alex. Simon (Sevier) has the opposite problem. He’s found the girl of his dreams; he just needs to win over her dog so they can live happily ever after. When he discovers Alex’s impeccable dog training skills, he convinces her to train him in the ways of the canine so he can show his girlfriend, Chloe, (Eliza King, Surreal Estate), and her beloved pug what a fun-loving pack leader he can be. Alex reluctantly agrees to help, not convinced that dog training can turn Simon’s dating life around. Alex’s focus is split as she has bigger problems and needs to raise enough money to save the local animal shelter. Simon jumps into action, eager to show off his marketing skills to Alex. She may know dogs, but he understands people and knows how to get their support. Together they throw a fundraising event in hopes of saving the shelter. As they spend more time together, Simon realizes he’s been barking up the wrong tree this whole time and he’s been surprisingly falling for Alex all along. Will their fundraiser be enough to keep the shelter open? And will Alex let Simon melt her heart with their new bond over their cold-nosed furry friends?”
The Dog Lover’s Guide to Dating premieres Sunday, January 1, at 8pm ET/PT on Hallmark Channel. If you miss the premiere you can catch it the next day on Hallmark on Demand. And if you don’t have cable, don’t forget that Hallmark Channel is available on Peacock and Frndly TV.