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crazy banana-peeling dog,
or cute clapping dog, then this is the show for you.
At the doghouse, the incredible dog trainer, Zak George,
teaches ordinary dogs unbelievable things.
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Today on Who Let the Dogs Out? we're going to see colourful dogs,
fashionable dogs and even some crime-fighting dogs.
Plus three lucky canines will learn something very unusual.
Today we are teaching our dogs a back stall.
If you don't know what that is, listen up.
What we want our dogs to do is jump on to their trainer's back
and stay there for three seconds before jumping off.
We will see how many times they can do this in a minute.
Because our trainers are young, we need some smallish dogs.
Nobody wants a St Bernard jumping on their back.
I'm also looking for dogs that love to jump.
Let's see what happened at the try-outs.
Over 400 kids brought their dogs to the try-outs,
hoping Zak would take them to the doghouse to learn incredible stunts.
We saw small dogs,
spinning dogs, singing dogs,
dogs that were relieved to be there
and dogs that jumped through hoops to get there.
These dogs and trainers showed up to see if Zak
would take them to his fancy doghouse.
They didn't even know what stunt they'd end up learning.
The thing is, Zak only needed three teams for every stunt, not 400.
In the end, for back stall, he chose these ones.
I'm Anna. This is Alfie, he's a Shetland sheepdog. I'm from Norwich.
-Does Alfie do a lot of things?
-Quite a few, yeah.
-Anna is 12 and she has two dogs.
Alfie is two and Anna says he's much cleverer than her poodle.
Good boy. Down.
She describes Alfie as 'magnificent',
which is pretty accurate as he can do 21 tricks.
Check him out.
Weave, weave, weave, weave, weave.
You have the touch. That's what you need to be a good dog trainer.
Zak thought Anna and Alfie were very talented
and Alfie's desire to learn new tricks means they could easily win.
-It's been good to meet you.
-It's nice to meet you as well.
My name's Rebecca, this is Petra and we came all the way from Newcastle.
-Show me some tricks.
Come. Sit. Sit.
Emergency stop, that's very good.
Rebecca is 12-years-old and Petra, the cockapoo, is two.
Weave. Good girl.
That was a really good effort.
Petra's name is a combination of the initials
from Rebecca's family names.
Rebecca and Petra are so good, they often win dog-training competitions.
-Can you help me with a trick, please?
Zak thought they were a fun team.
Though they still have lots to learn,
Petra jumping made them perfect for the back stall.
-A back stall!
Say bye-bye. Good girl!
I'm Charlie, this is Margot. We are from Winchester.
I didn't know I was getting entered. My sister entered me. I didn't know.
Margot is really good, she learns things fast.
-Go ahead and show me.
-Charlie is 12 years old and Margot is two.
-She can go a lot higher.
-He describes Margot as bouncy.
She can jump over sticks as well as hoops.
-These jumping skills could come in handy.
Zak loved Charlie's communication
and Margot's balancing skills, essential for the back stall.
-I'm very impressed by your demeanour and you have a great dog.
So, Anna and Alfie, Rebecca and Petra,
and Charlie and Margot have all made it into the doghouse.
They'll receive two days of super Zak-style expert dog training
followed by two weeks of practice,
before going head to head in a back stall challenge.
The winner will take home this - the Who Let The Dogs Out Top Dog trophy.
-All right, guys. How we doing?
-Training day one.
-Are you ready to train your dogs a trick?
Guys, we are going to teach our dogs how to do the back stall today.
ALL: Wow! Whoa!
Now, the thing that I love about this trick is that
it really builds mutual trust between you and your dog,
so we have to really get them comfortable up there,
so they are enjoying the trick. Make sense? Excellent.
-Do you guys have your currency?
-Money in treats.
-Exactly. You would know about money!
You strike me as a businessman right here. Excellent.
All right, so treats or playing or whatever their form of money is.
-Ready to get into training?
So first thing, you'll notice we have these boxes here.
We want to get our dogs to get up here and get comfortable.
Let's just get right into that.
-Hey, no problems for these three!
-We look really good right now.
Now we already know that Petra can jump on other people's backs,
but isn't she a bit big for jumping on Rebecca's back?
Good work. Keep working on it.
I just want them to get real comfortable hopping on and off
and then we'll go to the next step in just a moment.
-Margot, what's this?
-No pulling, no pulling,
because we want our dogs to think, we don't want to have to pull them.
Margot has proved she's a good jumper, but she is quite small
and Charlie's a tall lad. Will she be able to jump that high?
It's very easy to jump on a very stable surface,
but when you're on the ground... Ultimately you'll be down like this
and your dog will be on your back. Why are you laughing?
-Is it really that funny?
While they're up here, I want you to very subtly move it.
See how I'm moving it right there? Just enough to get them comfortable.
Alfie looks cosy indeed! We know that he's an intelligent dog,
but he's young and full of energy.
Will he be able to concentrate?
Good boy! Well done!
And up! Good girl, Petra.
-Alfie, come here.
-No, don't listen to Momma!
-You come here, come here.
-Oh, Alfie, you come here.
-Alfie either adores his trainer
or he knows who has the turkey pieces.
Yes, you don't listen to him, do you? Good boy!
-That is a thing of beauty!
-Good girl, you did it!
OK, I heard a click over here.
-That was me.
-You're using the click,
-tell me what it means.
-It's like a reward,
telling them they've done something good.
That's exactly right, Charlie.
Wondering what a clicker is?
Dog trainers use a clicky thing
to tell their dog he's done something right.
They click, give a treat
and the dog learns a click means a treat's on its way.
I was really impressed with our teams today.
We've seen some real talent and we're about to see some more.
Here are some dogs who know how to dress for success.
So, people, this is the question everyone's asking.
What is the most happening accessory nowadays?
Is it painting yourself blue...very badly?
Or painting yourself green...extremely badly?
Or painting yourself Canadian...rather well, actually.
Apart from the ears. Eugh!
Now, once you've got yourself painted,
the big accessory is to get yourself a hat.
And those are not hats!
No, that is not a hat either! That is a handbag. Ohh...
Now there is a totally happening hat! Very now! Very cool, Jennifer!
Oh! Oh! Hello! A Johnny Depp hat! That is class!
That is not.
That is two black mushrooms on your head.
That IS cool, that is bling!
Mm-hm, check it out. High-five!
Now, he's cool. He is totally cool. He's so cool, he's bored.
Nice to have a maid, though.
Who did what to that dog's ears?
Oh! Good Frisbee work! Just stay still, do not move, OK?
Stay still, stay cool.
Oh! You moved, you moved!
It's imaginative, it's ecologically sound,
but it's still just a bottle top on a dog's head.
Oh! Oh! Oh, this is the winner!
Oh, I love this look!
Oh, look, this is THE dog accessory!
It's a pair of human hands.
Oh, this is genius! This is art! This is high art! Total dog cool!
Still to come, we've got crime-fighting canines,
Zak's quick trick,
and we'll find out who wins the Who Let The Dogs Out Top Dog trophy.
Anna, Rebecca and Charlie
are about to put their backs into the back stall.
So, Rebecca, come over here, right here, and get down just like this.
-And you want to keep your back really flat.
Petra, come here. Very nice. Up here, Petra, come on.
Very good! Yes!
That's what I'm talking about! Stay.
One, two, three, get down, come on.
Amazing! The first back stall!
That's what we want to see. Let's get cracking. Come on.
Let's practise. So just get him... Any foot movement...
Yes, right there. Reward, reward, yes, good. Yes, good, good!
Down, back flat. Come on, up here. Yes, good!
Here we go - look at this! Come on, come on, go on, yes!
Margot's got it! We've got some competition for Rebecca and Petra.
Having a dog stand on your back like this is one of
the coolest feelings you could imagine.
-Look at that!
Rebecca and Petra are the first to do a solo back stall.
You want to work on keeping your back flat there.
Anna and Alfie are having a spot of bother.
I just saw that look in Alfie's eyes.
He's like, "I'm trying really hard
"to figure out what you're asking me to do here.
"I'm a bit confused, but I'm willing to do it."
That is exactly what Alfie is saying. Continue to work,
he's on the right track.
I can't believe it! Looking good, Rebecca!
So how do you feel about training so far? How's it going?
-It's going really well.
-What do you enjoy about this trick?
That she's on my back. I love it!
-Oh-ho! Nice work, nice work!
-Good girl. The hardest bit
is just showing how to get her to jump on my back.
It's hard to show her what to do.
That is the toughest part of this trick.
-Have you had any success so far?
-It's been going OK.
He's sort of half climbed, half jumped.
-Let's work on it.
I'm going to help you.
Stay. Yes, good work!
-You're making progress.
Looks like Alfie just does not want to learn the back stall today.
Here we go, look what I found. I've got me an Alfie. OK.
Yes, stay! Good! All four paws hit your back there.
That's exactly what we want to do.
Guys, you're doing a wonderful job.
Continue to practise for the rest of the day
and I'll see you tomorrow, OK?
Just as Zak's leaving, Charlie has a breakthrough! A solo back stall!
Alfie, Margot and Petra might all be quite small,
but they're very different dogs.
Let's take a look at their mutt measurements.
Alfie is a Shetland Sheepdog
and Shelties have been around for hundreds of years.
They're even older than your granddad!
Alfie's favourite food is sausages
and his most-loved pastime in the world
is getting a little tickle under his collar.
Shelties are clever, so Alfie should have no problems learning this trick
unless he just wants collar tickles all day.
Petra is a Cockapoo.
That's a Cocker Spaniel crossed with a Poodle.
Petra loves nothing more than licking people's ears
and her party trick is pinching people's purses from their handbags.
Cockapoos are often loving and excitable,
so will Petra have perfected this trick by show time,
or will she be far too excited at being in the doghouse
to pay any attention?
And finally we have Margot.
Margot is a cross between a Jack Russell and a Border Terrier.
Margot enjoys eating Charlie's vegetables so he doesn't have to,
but she also loves listening to him burp the alphabet.
Border Terriers are energetic while Jack Russells are athletic,
but will they be going for gold in show time
and claiming the Top Dog trophy? Only time will tell!
Day two of back stall training.
Charlie and Margot and Rebecca and Petra
have both done a back stall, but Anna and Alfie are still trying.
-Hey, guys! How we doing this morning?
Wow! Let's start with you, Rebecca. Now you had a pretty good yesterday.
How consistent have you been on having the three-second stay?
I've been having two treats in my hand -
one behind it hiding there and one up there,
so I count to three and then I release the one
and then I tell her to get off and she gets the one underneath my hand.
OK, good. I'm going to go on to Charlie and Margot.
Let's see how they're doing. Charlie, how we been doing?
-Are you surprised at how quickly she...?
It's amazing how quickly she learned.
The stages we learned it in were very good.
Why have you had such quick success with her?
Er, I guess it's probably her love of eating.
All right, I'm going to move on to Anna and Alfie over here.
Good work. Keep it up, man. I'm very proud of you. Looking good!
Looking very good! I love it!
No! It can't be! Anna and Alfie are doing a back stall!
Good boy! Yes!
Nearly there! Oh, good boy! Well done! Good boy!
-Anna, how has Alfie been doing?
-He's been doing OK.
He's trying to work out what I'm asking him to do.
We're making it easier for him to get on my back,
so when he does it, then I can reward him in a large amount.
I think that's fantastic. I want to see more if you don't mind.
OK. Up! Up! Up!
Look at this. Good.
Wait a minute - no hands on the ground! Fantabulous!
That's going to give you an advantage at show time.
Right now, all of you have all fours on the ground like this
and you have your dog jumping up.
If, at show time, you can have your dog jump on your back
and have your hands off the ground like this,
you'll get double the points for each jump they pull off.
-Does that make sense?
-How do you feel about that, Rebecca?
I'm feeling a bit nervous cos the dog's going to be on our back
but our hands are off the ground, so it's a bit wobbly.
It is harder. That's why you'll get more points. Let's practise.
Let's do it.
Now Charlie's doing a back stall too!
Now get down. Lovely!
Look how high Annie and Alfie's back stall is!
Rebecca and Charlie have some competition.
It looks good.
Look how impressive that is. That's beautiful.
Good boy! Well done!
Come on, Rebecca.
The standing back stall is much more fashionable these days!
This is nice.
That is incredible.
It's all happening. Everyone's doing it.
It's a breakthrough. It's amazing.
Only on Who Let The Dogs Out.
Where else are you going to find a do training show like this?!
I think we have a real competition on our hands right now.
Showtime will be very interesting.
You've got two weeks to practise with your dogs.
Then you are going to come back here for showtime at the doghouse
and we are going to see which dog takes the Top Dog Trophy.
Good luck, keep practising. Goodbye.
Here are Zak's six tips for the perfect back stall.
Step one. Get your dog to jump on something steady like a box.
Make sure your dog is comfortable jumping on and off the box.
Step three. Test your dog on shakier ground
by moving the box a little.
Step four, on all fours, keep your back flat
and get your dog jumping on and off it.
Step five. Try doing this while standing
for a cooler-looking back stall.
Step six. Practise, practise, practise.
You'll be a back stall expert in no time.
Teaching your dog to lie down
might not seem like the most glamorous thing,
but it is essential if you ever hope to teach your dog
amazing tricks like crawl or roll over or play dead.
We have Nellie here and we are going to use food rewards.
Come here, Nellie! Look what I got for you.
Nice work. Sit. Wonderful job.
Lie down is a really good exercise in lower training.
What is lower trading? Lower training is a way to put your dog
in almost any position you can imagine
by coaxing them down with a treat. Good girl. Up here.
I am just going to lower her down like this... Down.
..and say down when she gets there to let her know what she is doing.
As they're starting to get that, they're starting to understand,
you can start to phase that into a hand single.
Down. That's looking wonderful.
Eventually, you can phase it in
without using a treat at all. Let's try.
Come on, get up! Very good!. Stay! No treat.
Down. Very good! I am going to give her a really good treat that time
Always let your dog know when they're on the right track
and give them lots of love. Every dog has to know how to lie down.
There are over 3,000 police dogs in the UK alone.
These dogs are so valuable that in some countries,
they're given police badges and made sworn officers. It is no wonder.
Here's a look at some of the world's most awesome crime-fighting canines.
In London, the police air support unit are out in force.
From the skies, they're looking for a criminal on the run.
It's a huge area of houses and gardens to search.
They could be hiding anywhere. But the police have two secret weapons.
Heat-detecting infrared cameras and an army of sniffer dogs.
This dog has come up trumps. They've found the wrongdoer.
They bark to alert the police officer on the ground.
The criminal was hidden from sight behind some tarpaulin. Sneaky.
Without the dog's amazing sense of smell,
he might never have been found.
Thanks to the sniffer dog,
the criminal was charged and sent to jail.
Over to Australia where these dogs
have the most unusual crime-fighting task in the world.
They have to watch and guard something you would never expect.
Penguins! They were promoted from their previous job
of guarding free-range chickens on a farm.
These penguins are endangered and fox attacks on their colony
have reduced the population from 600 to just 10.
Thanks to the amazing awareness of these dogs,
penguin numbers have been rising. Success!
The Australian government is now going to use these sheepdogs
to protect other endangered marsupials close to extinction.
Good work. No worries, mate.
Two weeks of intense training have come to an end.
This is the strangest competition
Alfie, Petra, and Margot have ever faced.
Only one of them will win.
Rebecca and Petra were the first to do a back stall.
They've been practising like crazy.
But could Petra's size affect her speed?
Training has gone really well. Petra is getting on my back very good now.
Charlie and Margot have also been training hard.
They've made lots of progress and sharpened up their act. Look at them!
At the beginning, she did not know what I was talking about.
But she is really good now and can jump on and off.
But disaster has struck for Anna and Alfie.
In the hours before showtime,
Alfie seemed to get fed up doing the back stall.
We saw him master it, showing challenge-winning potential.
But today is a different story.
Alfie hasn't been so keen on the back stall.
He will do it once or twice and then lie down. He's not that keen.
Will Alfie do the back stall or won't he?
Can Anna and Alfie beat Rebecca and Petra, and Charlie and Margot?
It's time to find out.
First up, Rebecca and Petra.
Check out Rebecca's stance!
-Your minute starts now.
No hands on the ground. Three seconds on the back.
That's a two-point back stall. And that's another two-point.
If her hands were on the ground, it would have been one point.
Petra is enjoying this.
It takes Petra one second to jump on and off again. Brilliant!
30 seconds left.
They need to act fast.
That's another two-pointer.
Oh! Petra's a bit confused. Keep going.
Nice recovery for two points.
Quickly, Petra, time's running out.
Two seconds on the clock.
Time is up.
Oh! She's not allowed that last one!
Up next, Charlie and Margot. Your minute starts now.
Charlie's starting on all fours.
A bit risky. Watch out, Margo. Good catch, Charlie.
Margo is unaffected. That's it, Charlie, standing up, three seconds.
That's a two-point back stall.
Charlie's found his flow and this is fast. Very fast.
That's another two-pointer!
30 seconds left. This is going to be close.
Margot, keep going.
That's brilliant from Charlie!
Classic back stalls here. Two more points.
Margot's having fun up there.
Margot, six seconds left, get on his back.
Oh, no! Margot slipped up at the crucial moment.
Very good. That was impressive.
The moment has arrived, Anna and Alfie's back stall showtime.
Will they, or won't they?
Come on! Alfie, up!
It's not looking good for Anna and Alfie. She's lifting him.
The rules state that Alfie has had to jump on unaided.
She knows this and so it's no points for this back stall.
But she is trying hard.
ANNA SHOUTS ENCOURAGEMENT
Again, Alfie's not interested, so Anna is picking him up.
No points, but Anna is not giving up.
This is a nightmare for Anna.
30 seconds left and Alfie just wants treats.
Anna is still showing fantastic enthusiasm though.
And Anna keeps on going.
Good boy! Well done! Let's go!
Alfie, you have mere seconds left. Concentrate!
Good for you, Anna, showing real fighting spirit there.
Time is up. Very good job.
Talk about heart, you stuck with it.
I like that.
You guys did excellent.
Anna and Alfie, you had a bit of trouble getting Alfie on your back,
but your attitude towards this whole thing should be commended.
Rebecca and Petra, not too bad.
I liked your strategy today. You were really good.
You assumed one position in order to maximise the jumps.
An interesting choice. We will see if it helped you or not.
Charlie and Margot, you guys were on fire.
That was pretty dramatic.
However, I can now reveal, with a massive score of 20,
the winner of today's Who Let The Dogs Out Top Dog Trophy is...
..Rebecca and Petra. Congratulations. Excellent job!
-How do you feel?
-But I think we all did really well.
Yes, I wish I could give all of you a trophy.
You really did a great job.
That's all for today. We'll see you next time on Who Let The Dogs Out.
I think we did really well.
I wasn't about the success, more about the relationship.
We were quite fast and it was quite fluent.
But Rebecca and Petra are really amazing.
It feels amazing to be top dog, but I think we all deserve it.
Howey! I'm top dog!