Meet The Puppies Training To Be Service Dogs



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 in puppy prep on the California coastline about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco sits a royal grande a small community of beaches mountains and wineries just outside of town is doggie Doo 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 its put up for adoption at any given time there are dozens of service dogs in training at doggie 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 Deakin specializes in retrieval and stability good steady 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 Deakin and his classmates are working on basic come drills the pups run around the lawn and play and one by one the trainer's call out to them 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 trainer calls them they need to snap into work mode these drills help solidify that skill for veteran like Deacon this is simple if Deacon is a senior in service dog hi one of the incoming freshmen is kaya an 8 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 Remi has a completely different personality Remi loves to play with other dogs and often tries to pull her half sister out of her doggy shell for the especially young pups like six-month-old chocolate lab Benelli learning the come command begins on a long leap a trainer calls Benelli and gives a gentle tug this one little pole is all the puppy needs to come the rest of the way until she recognizes the command the leash helps Benelli understand what the english-speaking humans are trying to communicate to her doggy ears so far she's doing an all Clio stop getting everyone into trouble keep it up finale and you'll be off that leash in no time after this morning exercise it's time to try something more subdued most of a service dogs 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 tossed toys around to make sure the dogs will choose their jobs over pure playtime whenever a dog breaks from their downstate 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 Caius brother Luke is late to class he spent the morning off-site with a trainer and without having had the morning to run around like the rest of his classmates Luke may be too bored to sit still Benelli all you have to do is literally stay still if Benelli can't stay when the ball is tossed over her head she may become too distracted when taken out in public Remi come on you pups just need to relax these two have just started so their behavior isn't a huge problem yet kya however is just as new and already too pro and 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 prey 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 now as for mr. pip he isn't scared he is a job to do and 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 Doo good immaculately schooled mercy acts as a four-legged trainer squeaking the toy just as the people trainers would Mercy's claimed a victim with only a month from his planned graduation deikun should know better than to break from downstate 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 doggie doo good kaya went off to a puppy raiser family many of the dogs at doggie do good and live with a foster family for the first few months of their life there they learned the most basic behaviors like potty training when pups reached six to eight months they returned to doggy doo 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 during their trainings it's easy to forget how young the dogs are when allowed to roll around with their former family kaya is all puppy even if foster father array 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 near constant attention to learn the basics of obedience good girl and while it's fun for the family to raise a puppy knowing they have to say goodbye 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 at the end of the day the good boys and good girls at doggy do good have taken another step toward 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

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

  1. It actually isn’t that bad for dogs that fail because the trainers that were training them just get first dibs on the dog. A family friend trains the dogs and one of them didn’t pass so she gave it to my sister(and the dog is already extremely well trained)

  2. As a person who have seizures, I WOULD LOVE to have a service dog!! Unfortunately, I can't afford one! HOWEVER, I hope that the public, realize these Dogs are WORKING animals! The public need to STOP thinking they know better than you guys! Keep up the great work!

  3. Dogs are truly the greatest blessing in the world! ?? Being around animals is the only thing that calms my anxiety. I wish that I could have one of these dogs.

  4. What about husky . My puppy is really good with ppl and with me he just pulls a lot when walking he also recognizes my distress or when I’m sad

  5. OMG I used to live in Arroyo Grande and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that place but I never hear anybody talk about it right at the beginning of the video when it said "Arroyo Grande" my mouth literally dropped

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