The Puppies Go To The Bus Station

The Puppies Go To The Bus Station

– Remmy, come on, let’s go. – [Narrator] It’s a new
week at Doggie Do Good, and the puppies are back on campus. (upbeat music) A week is an eternity
in the life of a puppy, and if any dogs haven’t been working hard on their studies, it’ll show. Only the best pups will one
day graduate Puppy Prep. (upbeat music) Last week, the trainers noticed eight month old Kaya preferred the company of people to other dogs. This week, it’s beginning to
look like more of the same. After a brief hello to
the people, however, she begins to play with the other pups; a good sign for her socialization. The biggest change this
week is with the oldest pup; the dog formerly known as Deacon. Like many of the dogs here, Deacon already has a family waiting for him to finish training. Graduation is never assured, but if he passes he’ll
be going to his forever family in only two weeks. Over the weekend, that family informed Doggie Do Good that they want to name their dog (sighing) Demian. This isn’t unusual. Dogs sometimes go through several names before getting their permanent name, and for the pups it’s actually
not that big of a deal. The trainers begin transitioning a dog to a new name by using both. For instance, when they want the newly christened Demian to
come, trainers will say: – [Karyn] Deacon, Demian,
Deacon, Demian, come. – [Narrator] And when the dog reacts, they praise the dog using its new name. After as little as a few days, the trainers can begin
to drop the old name, and just call for Demian. – Good boy, good come Demian. Demian release. – [Narrator] After some morning exercise, the dogs leave the paddock
for some down-stay drills. (light music) German shepard Tank seems distracted. It appears Karyn has a treat. While Kaya and Luke are only mildly interested in the feline, Tank can barely contain himself. This isn’t new. During the coming months Tank will need to work on better
suppressing his prey drive. His future family needs to count on him staying focused when he
encounters other animals. The moment that trainer
Nece is distracted, Tank makes a move, but he never had a chance. Karyn releases the cat, but Tank is shook. It’ll be a while before
he can regain focus, losing valuable class time. (cat meows) Meanwhile, most of the younger
dogs appear to be doing well. A frisbee may be tempting, but
these pups know it’s a trick. As for Remmy, after her tough day at the beach last week, Remmy needs to be on
her best behavior today. It’s not looking good. Trainer Karyn fetches the
eight month old golden and puts her back into down-stay. Remmy should be growing out
of this behavior by now. If she continues to break like this over the next few months, the trainers will have some difficult conversations about her
continued enrollment. If Remmy’s in search of a roll model, Demian’s her guy. He, too, used to have
problems staying still, but now, even when he’s not laying down, he holds his ground. Even when Paul claps for him, until he hears the word release, Demian knows to stay. – [Paul] Demian, release. – [Narrator] Demian knows he did well. He has a family waiting for him, and they’re counting on this training to help them for years to come. One woman who’s thankful
for that training is Kallie. Kallie is blind on her right side, and after being struck by
a car she never saw coming, she knew getting a service
dog could save her life. Doggie Do Good took Kallie’s needs and trained Belgian Malinois Canaan to meet them perfectly. Maybe you didn’t notice, but all the pups in training learned to heel
on the left side of a person. Canaan, however, was specially trained since a pup to walk on the right. This way, he can move in front of Kallie if something is about to hit her. At 10 years old, Canaan is around the age of retirement
for most service dogs. When it’s time for Canaan
to hang up the harness, he’ll live out the remainder of his days loved by Callie and her
family as a non-working pet. To get dogs like Canaan
comfortable around traffic, the puppies need to take field
trips like the one today; to the bus station. Not all field trips can be to the beach. No matter what, a new location means another local flavor of grass to sample, and also new challenges. They may seem boring to us, but buses are a common reason puppies flunk out of service dog school. The loud noises, (bus hisses) cramped spaces, and sudden movements are all
huge challenges for a puppy. If a dog can’t become
comfortable around a bus, there aren’t many options left for a puppy other than expulsion. While they wait to work
with the trainers around the buses, the pups hold
tight near some benches. If a puppy were to break
from their down-stay and run into traffic, it could be fatal. Because of this risk, all of the dogs are tied up during down-stay. Even someone as far along in
their schooling as Deacon. Demian. I meant Demian. One of the first to take a
lap around the buses is Luke. As the bus makes noises, Luke
is curious but not frightened. This is a great reaction
from the eight month golden. However, being calm around
the buses is only step one. Luke still needs to be able to work. Even though it’s loud,
he keeps checking in with the trainer to make
sure he’s not missing any commands he otherwise
wouldn’t be able to hear. One such command is alert. Alert is triggered by an
alarm on the trainer’s watch. And while it’s difficult
to make out with all the commotion, Luke is
focused enough to hear it. Another of Luke’s special
abilities is pressure therapy. Pressure can help calm those
with anxiety or PTSD attacks. Since an episode can happen anywhere, even at a bus station, Luke needs to always be ready to spring into action. Great work, Luke. Meanwhile, back with
the dogs in down-stay, trainer Paul works with
Kaya on her new skill. Steady. It’s only been a week since she was introduced to the command at the beach, but she is learning fast. The dog with the most experience
with steady is Demian. – [Paul] Steady. – [Narrator] Today, however, he’s practicing his get-it command. And Karyn is not making it easy. A slick flashlight. A measuring cup. Even an oversized mug. All pose challenges but
Demian is persistent. His ability to perform
his most complex actions with all the distractions
of the bus station means he’s still on track
to graduate in two weeks. Keep it up, Demian. It’s Benelli’s turn by the buses. At only six months old, Benelli is the youngest of the puppies, and the most likely to be frightened. To comfort her, Paul has
brought her favorite toy. At first, she’s able to
retrieve it with no problem. But when the loud bus starts up, there’s a noticeable change in the pup. Benelli doesn’t finish the retrieval and begins to move away. It doesn’t take long,
though, for the puppy to become used to the sound of the engine, so she gets back to her drills. Suddenly, a new noise. (bus hisses) Benelli drops her toy,
gets low to the ground, and begins to retreat hard. Her only focus is getting
away from the bus. Paul recognizes she’s
scared and immediately tries to encourage the chocolate
lab with her favorite toy. But Benelli doesn’t respond. Paul gets down to Benelli’s
level and begins to pet her. Even still, her only focus
is getting away from the bus. This is a puppy completely shut down. Her tail is tucked and
she’s lost all focus. Paul tries to bring her back online by rewarding her for simple down commands, but she continues to ignore her toy. A new toy gets Benelli’s
tail wagging again, but she’s still distressed. As Benelli tries to crawl under Paul, it becomes clear the only way to get Benelli feeling better
will be to remove her from any sight of the bus. Finally away from the noises of the buses, Benelli is soon back to her playful self. When it’s time for her
to go back to down-stay, she’s exhausted. Hopefully this was just a
temporary setback for the lab. If she can’t learn to
face her fear of buses, there’s no way she’ll
pass service dog school. Mr. Pip, it’s your turn. The undeniable Mr. Pip has had issues with loud noises in the past. So if he experiences any
of the sounds Benelli did, it could spell disaster for the Yorkie. Right away he’s reluctant, and a treat from trainer
Karyn works only for a moment. When she kneels down
to his level, however, Mr. Pip discovers some courage. Mr. Pip, this is not what
a good heel looks like. Because it shows confidence, something Mr. Pip has
struggled with in the past, the trainer lets him pull ahead sometimes. Unlike his bigger classmates, Mr. Pip poses no threat
of pulling his future owners into a dangerous situation. So go ahead and tug. Way to make your size
work for you, Mr. Pip. Now, it’s our favorite wild
card’s trip by the buses, Remmy. To everyone’s surprise,
the eight month old golden is doing well. That is, until (bus hisses). The noise frightens not just Remmy, but trainer Karyn as well. At first, it looks like a
similar situation to Benelli. Remmy’s tail is tucked and
she looks around nervously. Unlike Benelli, however, Remmy continues to sniff around and
engage with her trainer, even next to the tire. When the bus makes the noise again, Remmy responds better, and she continues to sniff curiously. Still, her tail remains tucked, even when the bus pulls away. As she approaches a turned off second bus, the memory of the earlier
noise has her scared. Remmy will have to overcome this newfound fear of tires to stay
in service dog school, so Karyn drops treats to
build the golden’s bravery. Even though she’s still nervous, Remmy’s bounced back wonderfully. Unlike Benelli, she’s stayed
by the buses the whole time; a great sign for the young pup. Finally, it’s Kaya’s turn. Sandy, the owner of Doggie Do Good, already has a family in mind for Kaya. This particular placement means Kaya would be around lots of loud noises. That makes today’s trip crucial for the eight month old golden. If she reacts to the loud noises like Benelli or Remmy, it could mean months added to her training. Months that that family would
have to make do without her. Right away, it looks
like Kaya’s doing great. Her tail is up and when the bus hisses, she merely turns her head. As the bus pulls away, Paul congratulates her
on her calm demeanor. Kaya knows she did a good job, and she begins to prance with excitement. She’s gonna make some family so happy, and I’m gonna miss her. It’s the end of a long,
loud day at the bus station. But there’s still one
more exercise in store. Very slowly, trainer Paul brings Benelli back to a powered down bus. With no risk of sudden noise, this is the safest time
for the chocolate lab to begin overcoming her fear. Paul gets down on her level and gives her lots of pets, helping
the puppy to feel safe. Eventually, Benelli walks past
the bus with relative ease. It’s going to be a long
road to bus bravery for the chocolate lab, but with her tail wagging
this close to a tire, she’s made a great first step. The trainers knew the bus station would be a challenging day, but they’re proud of the progress from all of the dogs. For most of these pups, there are still months of lessons ahead. For Demian, however, there are only two weeks until final exams. Will he become a cautionary tale for his younger
classmates, or does he have what it takes to graduate Puppy Prep? (upbeat music)


  1. In all of the videos their is a tiny black dot on their camera and it is rly annoying. I love the puppies so I will deal.

  2. The in-training dogs are kept at amazing healthy weights but both of the dogs I’ve seen so far that are graduated and with their handlers are clearly overweight. It’s kinda infuriating. Pets can be let to get somewhat overweight because they’re not working so being a little out of shape is okay. But not very much more than a few pounds overweight. But Sammy (from the previous episode) and Canaan both are so clearly overweight. Their tucks are nowhere near high enough, and you can tell that Canaan’s neck is far too thick. It’s not long fur, it’s too much fat. It’s sad. I know he’s close to retirement but that’s no excuse to let him get so huge. The Belgian Malinois breed is mean to be slim and lean like other shepherding/guardian breeds. It’s easy enough to keep a senior dog at a healthy weight. Dogs need to be fed according to their size AND their level of exercise. Obviously senior dogs can’t exercise as much as younger dogs, so that means their food intake needs to be lessened. A service dog handler must take the absolute best care of their dog to keep them as healthy as possible. A healthy dog is one that can work better and longer. And anyone who wants to yell at me that Sammy’s condition is “normal” for labs, well of course it is. Everyone overfeeds their labrador because labs genetically have insatiable stomachs so they constantly ask for more food. But what’s “normal” isn’t always what’s healthy. I have a labrador. She has a perfect tuck, you can feel but not see her ribs, her muscles are visibly strong and built, and her frame is slim and lean. Because I feed and exercise her appropriately rather than giving in to her “please I’m so hungry” face. It’s not abuse or neglect, and my vet is actually quite impressed by how healthy my dog is. Of course, she’s a service dog. She has to be at peak health all the time. Of course I can’t help if she catches a cold but what I mean is that she gets plenty of exercise both physical and mental, and she doesn’t get overfed or underfed for her activity in a day. If she has an overly active day from usual she gets a slightly larger meal, and if I can’t give her as active of a day as I’d like and we spend more time relaxing together she gets a smaller meal.

    It just really irks me when a handler gets showcased with a clearly overweight dog. It’s honestly so very easy to keep a dog at a healthy weight. And you and your dog will be much happier for it. Seriously. There is no excuse for a fat dog.

  3. I love how interesting, fun and informative these videos are! More people should know about working dogs and be educated in the needs of people with anxiety, PTSD, mobility or sight problems etc. and these videos offer that! Love the work they do at Puppy Prep

  4. why are so many people mad about Demians name change? if a dog is from a breeder or a shelter, they have names for their dogs and the owners usually change them so idk how this is different

  5. Does this commentator ever stop giving fake ultimatums? Every episode he calls out that the dogs may be not eligible if they keep up these actions but he keeps saying it no matter what.

  6. Kannan is trained to walk on the right side to get hit by cars before the owner. WTF. NOPE. LIKE PEOPLE ARE GREAT BUT DOGS ARE BETTER AND IM SORRY BUT ID RATHER THE DOG NOT GET HIT THANK YOU.


  8. I love this series but jesus that old Belgian Malinois is so obese. Age isn't an excuse for weight. Service Dogs should be an ideal weight to function properly.

  9. Narrator:
    The loud noises
    The cramped spaces
    And sudden movements
    are all huge challenges for a puppy
    Me: Wow i have the same issues

  10. I am going to miss kaya too I really wish I could have her sometimes I feel
    Like the best dogs that are beautiful and kind I never can get what am I saying I can’t get a dog because of my parents

  11. The lady thats blind her dog is very obese thats sad. Belgian Malinois is not supposed to be that fat

  12. Tank isn’t going to work out.
    He’s a beautiful dog and has great potential but not as a service dog. I notice him constantly twitching and getting up at toys and especially that cat. Or pip.

  13. In UK you keep the name the dog has from being named from a pup it is kinder to the dog. We also get marched to the dog all through training from being a pup to the last months of training they are watched. Then the dog trainers talk to the match staff and they then bring the dog to visit you at home they tell you everything about the dog, then you go out for a good walk. If they think it was good on the walk and your happy they ao back for the last 3/4 weeks training and you prepare for the dog coming home. When the big day comes you have 4 weeks intense training everyday you and the dog spend 24 hours a day together. Then you are on your own in a way if you have any problems you can ring the trainer, they will give advice if that doesn't work they will come and help. You will get a visit after one month next two months then 3 months so on to 12 month. Then once a year, like I said you have phone numbers if you need help. But then you and your dog learn all the time you become a team as one it gett better all the time.

  14. me at the start of the first ep: "aw this seems like it will be good"


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