Puppy Prep • The Puppies Have Their Final Test

it's been two weeks since we last visited the service dogs in training of doggie do-good which means it's been two weeks since I've seen kya which means we're going to look at her for a second and she's the best but today's not kaya's big day it's Damien's today is his final exam if he passes Damien will go to his forever family tomorrow if he flunks the test however it could mean months before Damien is ready or the family may need to find a different service dog good luck buddy this is what you puppy prepped for me for Damien's final exam the trainer's at doggy do-good have chosen a local mall with slick floors steep stairs and distractions of Plenty only the truly ready pups can get through all of their drills without issue before going inside it's time for some warm-up drills by the parking garage places you and I wouldn't think twice about are sometimes perfect places to test the pups for instance this great unfamiliar surfaces like these can distract a dog seemingly without explanation greats can also be the source of confusing smells and sounds further throwing a dog off its game first up Luke the eight month old golden has been a model student so far a simple steel grate won't bother Oh how about that his tail wags but Luke can't wait to get off the metal you can see his hesitation as he continues to cross the sound and moving surface confuses him we may think it's a silly fear but it's a good reminder that Luke is still a puppy Karen makes the golden paws on the grape and feeds him treats hopefully this will get him to fear the great a little less after a few more back-and-forth Luke gets more comfortable this is good at this stage Luke just needs to show progress towards overcoming his fears even for something as small as a great with Luke scared of the great it could mean his sister kaya inherited a similar fear now the eight month old crosses the medal with grace and poise well done kaya way to show your brother what's what next it's time for Luke and kaya's half-sister remi to cross the great the trainers are curious to see if she'll be brave like her sister or scared like her brother with that stutter step it looks like remi is the exact average of her siblings not as frightened as luke but definitely more cautious than kaya still she's more curious than scared a good sign for the eight month old with the goldens done its Bonelli's turn only two weeks ago the six month old completely shut down at the bus station if she has a similar reaction to the great it could spell disaster for the lavs chances of staying in school but Benelli handles the great like a champion she stands still and even keeps her tail wagging when Paul tries to distract her the puppy's made huge strides in her courage the last two weeks exactly what the trainers needed from her the other puppy with bravery issues is our man about town mr. pip though he hesitates the Yorkshire Terrier has little say in the matter when a trainer can pick you up and move you wherever she sees fit you're gonna have to face your demons mr. pip is presented with a dilemma satisfy his unshakable craving for treats or flee like a coward again Karin makes his decision for him good enough mr. pip your strengths lie elsewhere and that's just fine finally it's Damien's turn even with a pack in his mouth this is more of a formality than a real test like a senior taking an introductory class that he forgot he needed the yellow lab doesn't disappoint Damien knows he has to deliver and he does just that his real test awaits him inside the mall noises people food deals deals deals the dogs need to overcome all these distractions and more inside the mall the pups go into down-stay of the food court and while Luke naps Benelli begins the mall obstacle course the first challenge the stairs this mall has very slippery very steep stairs already the floppy is puppy Benelli immediately has issues but with her tail wagging she's a good sport Benelli has to resist her natural urge to sprint up the stairs a heel is a heel even with uneven slippery footing that's it Benelli almost there okay okay good good good girl she's just so floppy now upstairs Benelli practices hurt get it commander even with the lights and sounds of the arcade Benelli keeps checking in with her trainer this shows great progress in Bonelli's focus as Benelli returns to the food court its kaya's turn around the mall I challenge you to find me a more perfect dog anywhere it simply can't be done even amongst the charms of the arcade our girl can't be phased kaya is even comfortable lying down inside a video game on our way back downstairs kaya is patient and attentive exactly what her trainers are looking for as luke drifts in and out of sleep he wonders if it's his turn nope mr. pips up back to sleep the stairs that Benelli struggled with are a piece of cake for the undeniable mr. pip he scales them like a mountain climber summits a peak in the arcade mr. Pitts practices his comfort belt he'll be going to a family with children and if they call upon him amongst the lights and sounds of an amusement hall he'll have to perform before leaving the arcade mr. pip obliges a quick photo request in the comforts of the motorcoach ride like any brave Mountaineer who conquers a pinnacle what goes pup must come down imagine if stairs were as big as you are our brave mr. pip doesn't have to he's step sized and he handles the challenge with aplomb in the arcade Luke works on some drills but it appears some of the distractions might be a bit too much for the eight month old golden when trainer Karen puts the pup in a down state to familiarize him with the stimuli Luke rebels Luke's future owners need him to be alright in a down state anywhere so if he can't become comfortable in this arcade it could mean a big problem for his training progress Lieut breaks another down-stay eventually with Karen and constant eye sight Luke is all right after the confinement of the downs day the golden retriever is more than happy to practice his pressure therapy Luke returns to the food court it's been an uncharacteristically shaky day for the golden like people service dogs have good days and bad at the end of their training the hope will be to have as few days like this as possible one dog who's had some bad days lately is Remy it appears however she's made great improvement the last few weeks she's checking in with trainer Paul and doing well in her heal even in the arcade the eight month old is attentive and focused not at all like she was at the beach a few weeks ago and like her half-sister Kaia Remy is prepared to work inside of the video game console giving Paul hugs amongst the frightening zombies on the stairs Remy shows patience that was totally absent a week ago she's maturing a wonderful sign for her schooling Damien's been training years for this if he passes tomorrow morning he and trainer Paul will set off to his forever family if he fails it doesn't look good for Damian's continued enrollment Damian's classmates wish him luck as he sets off first challenge the stairs while the younger puppies could slip around Damian's future owners will depend on him being steady whenever called upon tolerance for sliding is almost nil making it even more difficult Paul applies periodic pressure to Damian's harness ensuring the lab is ready to accept his owners wait still Damien is able to match Paul's pace perfectly even when it gets awkward for the pups footing step by step Damian proves his patience and dependability on the stairs the first part of his test is over and so far so good what's this a pop quiz in the middle of an exam Paul's dropped his wallet but Damien retrieves it with no problem now Damien will have to carry the trainer's pack though we did well with this earlier in the day consistency is the key to graduation and our guy is steady back it down stay the puppy's weight nervously rooting for their friends success it's all right mr. pip so far Damien's doing great a quick trip through the arcade was no problem for Damien so it's on to the next challenge stability Paul gives Damien the command steady then uses the dog to help him sit down with his tail wagging it's clear to see Damien's happy to work another great signal Paul uses Damien to help stand just as a child runs past Damien maintains his focus the exact reaction he needs were the same to happen with his forever family Paul makes a minor adjustment to Damien's position but appears happy with the dog's performance a second stability test is meant to see Damien's transition from a down state and he handles it flawlessly now a new challenge just for Damien women's clothing with pack and mouth Damien has to show patience and focus amongst the new smells and sights and it's no problem for the L lab in a simple heel Damien moves confidently and checks in with his handler the model of a great service dog he's in the home stretch but there's one challenge left going down the stairs providing stability while facing downstairs is the toughest thing Damien will be called upon to do he has to show patience poise focus and strength all while resisting his natural urge to bolt down to even footing the slow pace is grueling but when trainer Paul sees Damian wait patiently on even the last step it appears he's nailed it not even Paul can contain his excitement for the pub while Damien turned in a virtuoso performance on his exam the trainer's still have to discuss if after two years in a name change he's finally ready to graduate back at doggy do-good Damien's classmates wait to hear his fate the tension is palpable then they see him he's done it presenting the newest graduate from doggie doo good Damien the two-year old yellow lab tomorrow he and Paul will set off to meet the labs forever family just as Damien was trained to help people now his family will have to be trained in handling Damien the process can take anywhere from one to three weeks the Paul will be there to help the whole time it's been a long two years of training and Damien is rightly excited he takes a well-deserved victory lap as his classmates look on their schooling has just begun but if they keep up the progress they've shown this last month maintain focus and stop eating so much grass like the newest alumni Mian they too will soon graduate puppy prep

50 thoughts on “Puppy Prep • The Puppies Have Their Final Test

  1. how long does it take to train a dog to be a service dog? My mom said we might get a goldendoodle or a labradoodle in a couple years for her disobinomia

  2. I have some pretty big stairs in my backyard to get back into my house and my little doggo buddy usuallly slips on the wood stairs but when i randomly stop to see forward my dog stops and he is super tiny about 8 years old

  3. who tf is cutting onions i miss this so so much


  4. The stairs are so easy for Mr. pip because the steps are even ground since he can fit his whole body on it easily ?? But YAYYY DEACON DID IT!! So proud of him he’s one of the bestest boys!

  5. I'm so happy that this series exist! Yet so sad that it only has 5 eps 🙁 i'm hoping for season 2!!

    P.S. Kaya had also become my fave hehe. And i cried happy tears when Demian graduated and with that slideshow at the end!

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