Meet The Puppies Training To Be Service Dogs

Meet The Puppies Training To Be Service Dogs


– [Narrator] Across the country more than half a million people rely on a service dog in their everyday life. These elite dogs are the product of months of schooling. And not all puppies that begin training have what it takes to become a service dog. If a pup doesn’t live up to the strict standards required they will fail out. Which puppies have the brains and behavior to make it through the rigors of training? We find out at Puppy Prep. (light music) On the California coastline, about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco sits Arroyo Grande. A small community of beaches, mountains and wineries. Just outside of town is Doggie Do Good. A training and obedience school specializing in the education of service dogs. Depending on the dog, the journey from carefree puppy to hero can take anywhere from six months to more than a year. Not all dogs make it through the process. If a dog flunks out, it’s put up for adoption. At any given time, there are dozens of service dogs in training at Doggy Do Good. The abilities they learn range from retrieval, to stability, pressure therapy, medical alerts, simply kisses, and much more. What they learn depends upon what each individual dog is predisposed to. For instance, ^yellow lab, Deacon, specializes in ^retrieval and stability. – Good, steady. – [Narrator] At almost two years old, he’s older than many of the dogs that have already graduated. He was a stubborn pup. And though he had come close to flunking out, he is now only weeks from potential graduation. Still, he can’t coast. Until the minute before graduating, trainers are watching the dogs for any sign that they won’t be able to cut it. Right now, Deacon and his classmate are working on basic come drills. The pups run around the lawn and play. And one by one the trainers call out to them. – Kaya, come. Good girl. – Cooper, come. Good boy. – [Narrator] The most important thing a dog needs to learn is the difference between playtime and work time. While it’s alright for the dogs to act like puppies, as soon as the trainers calls them they need to snap into work mode. These drills help solidify that skill. – [Trainer] Deacon, come. – [Narrator] For a veteran like Deacon, this is simple. If Deacon is a senior in service dog high, one of the incoming freshman ^is Kaya. ^An eight month old golden retriever. Kaya is beautiful and I love her. If she fails out of school during training, I will be trying to adopt her. And right off the bat she’s having a problem. See, Kaya enjoys the company of people over other dogs. While it’s good to be comfortable around people, she can’t remain nervous around other dogs if she’s going to pass training. ^Kaya’s half sister, Remmy, ^is also starting class. Though they share a dad and are almost the same age Remmy has a completely different personality. Remmy loves to play with other dogs. And often tries to pull her half sister out of her doggie shell. ^For the especially young pups, ^like six month old chocolate lab, Beneli, learning the come command begins on a long leash. A trainer call Beneli and gives a gentle tug. This one little pull is all the puppy needs to come the rest of the way. Until she recognizes the command, the leash helps Beneli understand what the English speaking humans are trying to communicate to her doggy ears. So far she’s doing an, Cleo! Stop getting everyone into trouble. Keep it it up, Beneli, and you’ll be off that leash in no time. After this morning exercise, it’s time to try something more subdued. Most of the service dog’s time isn’t spent running around or actively working. Instead being calm and on call. Ready at a moment’s notice to help. The puppies must lay down and not get distracted for long stretches of time. Trainers toss toys around to make sure the dogs will choose their jobs over pure playtime. – [Trainer] Good stay, guys. – [Narrator] Whenever a dog breaks from their down stay it isn’t enough for the dog to simply lay back down. The trainer needs to take the dog back to the position where they were. Otherwise a puppy won’t understand the gravity of getting up. If a dog is always distracted, and can’t learn to focus, that’s the quickest way to fail Puppy Prep. Kaya’s brother, Luke, is late to class. He spent the morning offsite with a trainer. And without having the morning to run around, like the rest of his classmates, Luke may be too bored to sit still. Beneli, all you have to do is literally stay still. If Beneli can’t stay when the ball is tossed over her head, she may become too distracted when taken out in public. Remmy! Come on, you pups just need to relax. These two have just started, so their behavior isn’t a huge problem yet. Kaya, however is just as new and already a pro at down stay. That’s why you’re my favorite. With most of the dogs being unfazed by the toys, it’s time for some livelier distractions. Oh my God, ^it’s Mr. Pip! ^Mr. Pip is beyond being absolutely undeniable, also a service dog in training. Smaller dogs can comfort people with anxiety, as well as help alert people with diseases like diabetes when they need to take their medicine. Now, however, his only job is to distract his classmates. Most of the dogs don’t fall for the enchanting dance of Mr. Pip. ^Except for Tank, the german shepherd. ^One thing that Tank needs to work on is his play drive. Small animals like cats and Mr. Pip can distract larger dogs when they’re with their future owners. Tank must fight his most basic instincts in order to pass Puppy Prep. And as for Mr. Pip, he isn’t scared. He has a job to do but he performs it admirably. God bless you, Mr. Pip. By the end of the down stay lesson, it looks like everyone’s made progress. But there’s one more test. ^Mercy. A malinois with almost unlimited energy. Mercy belongs to Sandy, the owner of Doggy Do Good. Immaculately schooled. Mercy acts as a four legged trainer. Squeaking the toy just as the people trainers would. (barking) Mercy’s claimed a victim. With only a month from his planned graduation, Deacon should know better than to break from down stay. If he continues to lose focus, he may have to stay in school for extra months. Or worse, flunk out. As for the other dogs they’ve taken their lessons well. For most it’s still early in their service dog training. As long as they can keep making progress the puppies show good promise of graduating. Kaya in particular, shows a lot of potential. Especially for her young age and upbringing. Unlike her brother, Luke, who was raised since birth by trainers at Doggy Do Good, Kaya went off to a puppy raiser family. Many of the dogs at Doggy Do Good live with a foster family for the first few months of their life. There, they learn the most basic behaviors. Like potty training. When pups reach six to eight months they return to Doggy Do Good to begin service dog school. Kaya’s family dropped her off a few weeks ago and she’s seen them only once since. Today, however, they’re back for a visit. When trainer, Paul, brings Kaya outside, she thinks she’s going for a walk. What she doesn’t know is that the family that raised her is waiting around the corner. – [Dad] Kaya. – [Sis] Kaya! Hi Kaya! Hi, oh, hi! – [Dad] Hey, baby, hey baby. – [Mom] Come here. – [Sis] I miss you. – [Narrator] During their training it’s easy to forget how young the dogs are. When allowed to roll around with her former family, Kaya is all puppy. Even if foster father, Ray, wants to make sure she still behaves. Puppy raisers are a crucial part of the service dog process. And often, one of the bottlenecks to training service dogs. Newborn puppies need your constant attention to learn the basics of obedience. – Good girl. – [Narrator] And while it’s fun for the family to raise a puppy, knowing they have to say good bye in a few short months can be difficult. Kaya’s family is proud of the job she’ll someday have, and while they still miss Kaya, the family thinks that soon, they’ll be ready to take another puppy to help begin its journey to becoming a service dog. – Release, release, good girl. – [Narrator] At the end of the day, the good boys and good girls at Doggy Do Good have taken another step to becoming fully trained service dogs. But tomorrow is another day filled with new challenges and distractions that could ruin a dog’s career. Which puppies have what it takes? Mr. Pip! (laughing) (light music)

100 thoughts on “Meet The Puppies Training To Be Service Dogs

  1. I CANT HANDLE HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS!!
    MR PIP LAFNHOWISNFHWLPFJA
    MURCY AAAHH!!
    Its too adorable and wholesome and the bestest 😭😭😭😍😍😍😍😍😍

  2. Deacon’s rigid counterbalance handle is very high; they should never be over 6in. Counterbalance is dangerous enough. Pressure should be applied right over the dog’s shoulders, aligned with their front legs and should never be applied to the dogs hips or spine. Also, pressure shouldn’t be applied while in motion. If bracing is necessary for you, use your hand directly on the dog’s shoulders aligned with their front legs while the dog is in a proper stance to support the weight. If you need a harness with a counterbalance handle, get one as short as possible without ever going over 6in. Don’t put pressure on a dog’s spine or hips, please.

  3. I love all golden retrievers

    Also dear narrator I will be competing with you for kaya adoption or I might adopt remmy

    Also I envy people who film these they get to spend so much time with doggos.

  4. ITS BEEN A YEAR WE NEED MORE !
    Sure i can watch this series on a loop but like, please, we would love new episodes.

  5. Well this is confusing, my name is kiah too and I’m not used to hearing my name in videos😂😂

    But I love this video! I’m a volunteer at guide dogs of America and I help raise some of the future guide dogs.. awesome content!

  6. Service dogs are so expensive :(( I’ve talked to my therapist about getting one and she said that she thought it would be good for me, but i can’t afford to get them trained and i can’t train them

  7. Why all the neckerchiefs? Perhaps hiding those abusive prong collars? If you are using brutal punishment in training why are you hiding it? Those are illegal i.e. in Germany for a reason and it is pedfectly possible to train reliable service dogs without hurting them in training.

  8. I want one 😢 my friend has a dog that’s a bit like a service dog (mostly an ESA tho) and it calms me down so much to the point I forget about the stress I had. I have a puppy that calms me but it’s not trained in case of an action like scratching myself til I bleed or pulling out hair. I was not diagnosed, but s friend of mine who had anxiety said that I may really need one when I go out and etc. I panic walking outside and at school panic. I feel like something can happen or anything triggers me into panic. I sometimes feel like people judge me as well so I am socially awkward some say, I talk way too much not like quiet though. Yes this sounds like an ESA thing and not service but I really think I need one as it’s the only thing that helps with my problems.

  9. I want one 😢 my friend has a dog that’s a bit like a service dog (mostly an ESA tho) and it calms me down so much to the point I forget about the stress I had. I have a puppy that calms me but it’s not trained in case of an action like scratching myself til I bleed or pulling out hair. I was not diagnosed, but s friend of mine who had anxiety said that I may really need one when I go out and etc. I panic walking outside and at school panic. I feel like something can happen or anything triggers me into panic. I sometimes feel like people judge me as well so I am socially awkward some say, I talk way too much not like quiet though. Yes this sounds like an ESA thing and not service but I really think I need one as it’s the only thing that helps with my problems.

  10. I think when my service dog retires I want to get a new one trained by a program like this but most of them are so expensive! Does anyone know any cheap programs?

  11. in my opinion
    i find huskys and golden retriever dogs the smartest dogs but i think golden retrievers are just a little smarter..
    idk?

    Keep it going guys!
    what kind of dogs do you guys think are smarter then what i said?

  12. This really is a great video, it really touched home when they talked about the foster family's because me and my family took in a German shepherd that was supposed to be a service dog down the line. We ended up falling in love with him (He was called Bauer) and we asked if we could keep him. Thankfully we were allowed. Have had lots of amazing memories over the years and sadly he passed away summer of last year due to terminal cancer. However the experience we gained from him has not only shaped us but our other Dog teddy who Bauer taught everything he knows.

  13. Listening to a story on my local radio program this morning inspired me to search for a video that could inform me further. How wonderful to find content that keeps me enthralled. Thank you to all of the service dog owners who educate us, and to the producers of programs like these. I am captivated by your commitment to your work. Bravo!

  14. I love watching this series to get my hyped for saving up for my service dog! I have names picked out for each gender and I’m excited!

  15. I actually need a service dog for anxiety and ptsd, when I get one ill probably get a regular dog and get a trainer. but this is interesting to watch

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