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Want to see spectacular dogs,
big, cuddly dogs,
or serious, arty dogs? Then you'd better watch this.
At the Dog House, amazing dog trainer, Zak George,
teaches ordinary dogs things you'll never believe.
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On today's show we're going to see dancing dogs,
dogs hanging out,
more quick tricks and three dogs are going to learn an amazing stunt.
Today's challenge is skipping,
or jumping rope, as we say in the US.
If you have ever seen a dog skip, you'll agree it's pretty impressive.
What I want to see is a dog that can skip with their trainer
while their trainer turns the rope
or while helpers turn the rope at either end.
The winner will jump the most turns of the rope without stopping.
For this trick I want to find dogs
who already know how to jump on the spot.
Let us see what happened at try-outs.
400 kids brought their dogs to the try-outs in the hope
Zak would take them to learn an incredible stunt.
But first, they had to impress Zak.
That's very, very good.
We saw clever dogs, crazy dogs, enormous dogs...
You're a beast!
-..and very tiny dogs.
-There we go.
Some were camera shy and some weren't.
Others just really came for a pee.
Three teams impressed Zak enough to take part in his skipping challenge.
Let's meet them.
I'm Ellen and this is Ted. I'm from London.
Why do you think you would be good at the Dog House?
My dog, he loves people and I think I'd really enjoy it.
Ellen is 10-years-old and her dog, Ted, is two.
Ted's a mixture of lots of different dogs, which makes him unique.
Can you go up two notches on that?
Yeah. He can go very high.
Ted is an incredible jumper. He can nearly jump Ellen's garden fence,
that's almost as high as Ellen.
That's really, really good, Ellen. OK, one more.
This would be Who Let the Dogs Out? history if he clears that.
-Did you see that?
But it was Ellen and Ted's relationship that impressed Zak.
Zak thought Ted's love of jumping would help in this challenge.
I am really impressed by his hops. His jumping ability is amazing.
I'm Morgan, she is Millie and we come from Worthing.
Why do you want to come to the Dog House?
We'd show people what we can do and how special she is.
Morgan is 11-years-old and Millie is one and-a-half.
Morgan loves training Millie and has taught her some unusual tricks.
Can you make that hand signal even less?
OK. That is pretty amazing.
Morgan likes diving, singing and plate spinning.
That's right. Plate spinning.
When Millie is not with Morgan,
she likes playing with the family dogs.
-Does she speak on command?
Zak loved Morgan and Millie's tricks.
He knew Morgan would work at this challenge.
That is really cool.
That kind of trick takes real communication.
Hello, my name is Becky and my dog's name is Honey. We come from Swindon.
Why do you want to come to the Dog House?
I love dogs and they're really funny.
Becky's nine-years-old and Honey's one-and-a-half.
Honey is a rescue dog and was already
named Honey when she came to Becky's family.
Despite being cute, Honey can be quite a mischief.
She steals Becky's dad's slippers on a regular basis.
That jumping was really cool.
You're talking to your dog when you're working with it,
you're doing it with body language. It is very impressive.
Becky's communication with Honey really won Zak over.
As Honey is a good jumper,
he felt she'd be perfect for the skipping challenge.
So, Ellen and Ted, Morgan and Millie
and Becky and Honey are going head to head in this challenge.
The winner will take home this, the Who Let the Dogs Out? Top Dog trophy.
Having three dogs that can already jump straight up on command
gives us a real head start on this challenge.
-Here we go.
-Training day one.
Ellen, Morgan and Becky
are about to find out what their challenge is going to be.
-How are you doing?
You are all going to learn how to teach your dog to skip today.
-Are you ready to get started?
I want to make sure all of you have your currencies.
Currencies are your dog's form of money.
-What would your currency be?
-Sausages and ham.
I'd learn to skip for that!
We are going to get started.
I want to practise having your dogs jump, stay.
All three of today's dogs can jump
but Becky has the most experience training dogs.
You are so subtle.
You're just like, stay. It's beautiful. It's very impressive.
-I like how you communicate.
-Well done, Becky.
-But what's Ted doing?
-Is he good off leash?
Oh dear, now Ted will have to stay on his lead.
Teaching your dog to skip is a good relationship-builder
because it requires
being in perfect tune with one another.
Millie's in tune all right, in tune with her stomach.
Morgan says Millie never stops eating and never fills up.
-Those treats are too big. Tell me you break those up?
Let me show you something.
When using food rewards, your treats should be that big. Maybe smaller.
-Great news, Ted's back off the lead.
-Let's see what we've got. Nice.
Hand signal with stay.
Jump, stay. Stay.
Let's move on to the next step.
Well done, Ted, leading the way.
I want you literally jumping with an invisible rope.
Right. Let's see those invisible ropes.
Wait, we can't. They are invisible. Sorry.
Uh-oh, Ted's off again.
-Ellen has got a dilemma.
Ted, come here. I knew he'd do this. Come here.
We can put him on a leash.
He doesn't jump very well when he is on a leash.
Back on the lead for Ted.
On the lead he doesn't jump, off the lead he walks away.
What about Honey and Millie? Go on, jump the invisible rope.
It is still a little off but you're all on the right track.
Jump for joy!
Give them a break and let them take water, they've been jumping a lot.
Skipping with your dog is a lot like dancing.
It takes rhythm, timing and lots of style.
Here is a group of dogs that have just that.
And now welcome to Strictly Come Dog Dancing.
Look at this lovely mover!
Such good posture. Really using the dance floor.
And look at this couple in green. That dog knows how to lead.
Oh, look. A conga.
No, you're meant to put your hands on his hips, like that.
Nice conga action.
Soon everyone will join in.
This couple have great chemistry. Just look at this hand movement.
Surely they are looking like favourites to win.
This dog has learned to breakdance.
Well, he only has had one lesson.
This pair have learnt to spin. Yeah, but anyone can spin. Next!
This is more like it. Great costumes, great choreography, great moves.
Surely, these two are our favourites.
Could a last-minute moonwalk snatch the Strictly Come Dog Dancing title?
Or will a hand jive do it? I mean, a paw jive.
These two are learning the classic jump and roll dance move.
Oh, come on. That is cheating.
Oh, no, no, no! There is no competition.
These are our Strictly Come Dog Dancing champions. Look at them go!
Coming up, we've got some chilled out dogs, Zak's quick trick,
and we will find out who will win the Who Let the Dogs Out? Top Dog trophy.
Looking good, guys. Looking real good.
As you can see, I have brought my own skipping ropes.
I hadn't planned on introducing this to training so early.
I'm pleased with what I've seen and I think we should phase it in.
-Are you cool with that?
-Finally, ropes. That's better.
-Find out what works for your dog.
Oh, dear. Doesn't sound like much will be working for Ted.
You're not going to skip like normal. Give your dog time.
You are dragging the rope on the ground. Let's work on it.
Just start practising. OK? What's up?
He's getting really stressed.
Try and work with him but if he's not feeling it, that's OK.
Will Ted ever get in the mood for skipping?
-Let's see how you guys are doing.
Although actually, Morgan and Millie are coming on leaps and bounds.
Look at that. Beautiful. Beautiful. Is that not good?
Becky and Honey are doing well, too.
Ellen's dog, Ted, is still distracted.
-What can Ellen do for him?
-Don't be discouraged.
My dogs have done the same thing. It's normal.
Zak says that staying in a new place can be very upsetting for any dog.
Suddenly, their whole world is different.
Poor homesick Ted.
Becky and Honey are doing very well
and having no problems learning this stunt.
Two, now go for a third.
Three. Now work on bringing that together closer and closer
without rewarding in between.
In other words, we want to let them know,
"Hey, we are going for multiple jumps, here."
You want to build that up.
Continue working, I'll see you tomorrow.
See you, bye.
Morgan and Millie are getting in some nice jumps over that rope.
Ellen has to find a way of helping Ted feel better
before they can catch up with training.
All of today's dogs are crossbreeds.
They're all different-looking yet they have one thing in common.
Let's look at their Mutt Measurements.
Ted is two-years-old and he loves to be chased.
He loves balls, toys and jumping.
Ted is a mixture of dogs, no-one knows which breeds are in there.
Mixed breed dogs are often healthier and live longer than pure breeds.
They often excel at dog sports.
Depending on the traits Ted has, he could easily have the energy
and stamina to bounce his way into a winning position.
Next up we have Honey.
Honey is just over a year old and is a cutie-pie.
She's a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Jack Russell.
Yorkshire terriers are small.
In fact, for a long time, the world's smallest dog was a Yorkie.
Honey has definitely inherited cuteness from somewhere
but that's not going to help her with skipping.
Hopefully her high energy will see her through.
Finally, we have Millie. She is another real mixture of Dogs.
Millie is part South American Chihuahua,
part Pomeranian from central Europe and part Jack Russell from England.
It's fair to say that Millie has a multinational family tree.
Millie is also just over a year old
and already knows lots of cool tricks like bark and growl on command.
Will this help with skipping? Probably not.
For a small dog, she certainly can jump.
Yesterday, Ted was getting stressed.
Ellen's training him separately.
Since Ted's been here, he has been thrown off.
That can happen when you introduce a dog to a new place.
-How were you doing?
-I'm all right.
-How is Ted doing?
-He's doing good.
-How has training has been with Ted?
-Training has been doing all right.
Ted seems happier when he's away from the other dogs,
but he's still getting distracted.
Sometimes he just doesn't want to do things. He whines a lot.
Let's go ahead and do the jump. Let's use the rope.
Don't try and do anything serious.
Does he react to any differently when you introduce this?
If I throw it over his head he might flinch. He's over that now.
-His anxiety doesn't come back?
-If it does, we stop immediately
and go into reassurance.
We get down, we love him and we give him treats.
This place is happy. You don't do anything you do want to.
-Ted, jump. Jump.
-Yes! Good. Good. Exactly right.
After one go, Ted loses interest.
Poor Ellen, poor Ted.
OK, right there. No big deal.
Get down on the ground. Sit down with him. His tail is still wagging.
With him you want to keep your training sessions short and happy.
Continue working on it and I'll see you back here in a few weeks.
-All right, bye.
I wonder how Morgan and Millie and Becky and Honey are doing.
Good girl. Jump. Jump.
Have they managed any skips yet?
Ah! Nearly, Becky.
Morgan and Millie, Becky and Honey. Have you made progress?
She is jumping without the hand signal.
Have you been able to use the rope at all?
Not really. She hasn't quite got it.
Don't worry. There are a few weeks to go before show time.
Not into my arms.
How are you doing with Honey?
It is the same thing, without a hand signal.
Becky and Honey are doing much better,
although Honey still wants to play tug-of-war with the skipping rope.
Let me see where you are, here.
Good, keep going. Go again, go again. Now you are teaching. Yes!
Wow! Forget Honey, I didn't know Zak could jump that high.
Morgan, did you see this?
-It's really good.
-It is pretty good!
-Have you got that far with Millie?
-No, still working on it.
Let see what you've got.
Lovely, very good.
Let's go back to incorporating the rope.
Millie needs to stop mucking about with sticks.
I don't think I ever met a dog that didn't like a stick.
You've got a few weeks to practise, then the dog that jumps the most
consecutive jumps will win the Top Dog trophy.
Keep practising and we will see you in a few weeks.
-All right guys, goodbye.
Learning to skip takes a lot of practice.
It's about timing, communication and keeping your dog motivated.
If you want to teach your dog to skip,
here are Zak's six steps to skipping.
Using a treat or toy, teach your dog to jump straight up.
Make sure your dog is listening by making them wait in between jumps.
Soon you can start having your dog jump on command,
without having to hold the treat.
Once your dog can jump on command,
get your dog used to jumping at the same time as you.
When you can both jump together, begin to use an imaginary rope.
Finally, introduce a real rope and soon you will be skipping like a pro.
Teaching your dog tricks is not only fun but it is very rewarding.
There are so many tricks that you can teach that are so easy to learn.
We are going to be working with Nellie today.
It's easy to teach your dog to weave through your legs.
For this trick you will need a treat or a toy, something your dog loves.
I'm going to use a toy with Nellie. Come on, Nellie.
Teaching your dog to weave through legs
is a really easy but very impressive trick to teach.
I cater to Nellie's play drive on this.
I get her really amped up before I teach her a new trick.
Good work. I am satisfied that she is ready to work.
I want to start by encouraging her to go through my legs like this.
Come on. I'm going to reward her for that.
She's on the right track.
Look at how she's engaging and having fun. Good girl.
Through, here. Look, she's starting to make the turn through the legs.
Looking fantastic. She loves it. Get it, get it.
Very good, she is into it.
I'm going to start to say weave, to let her know what she is doing.
Weave, very good.
You could also use a clicker for this
and you would click
and say the word weave to make it clear to the dog.
I think we are ready to phase out the hand signal.
Ready? Good. Weave. Go on.
Weave. Good. Weave. Good!
Weave, weave. Yes. Weave.
It is a flashy, impressive trick and it is so easy to teach.
Great job, Nellie. Very good.
When you go on holiday and you leave your dog at the kennels,
what do you think he does?
If you check him into a Pet Hotel,
he'll have a better time than you.
It's a dog's life in Hollywood, if, by a dog's life,
you mean five-star treatment
and complete doggy luxury at this hound hotel.
From standard rooms to luxury suites.
After being picked up by a chauffeur, it is time to get pampered.
That counts as a massage.
There are play areas and why not invite a friend up
to your 110 luxury room?
Playtime is from 7am-7pm in one of three indoor dog parks.
One for little dogs, one for medium-sized dogs
and one for the big boys.
This is a five-star holiday pad for your five-star holiday pooch.
All aboard the yellow bus is here to take you to dog camp.
A day of four-legged fun is about to begin.
The bus does its rounds, picking up one eager passenger after another.
And then, playtime. "The last one in the pool is a cat!"
There is so much to-do.
You can run free in the grounds
or enjoy quality time with your favourite bone.
Then return home, dog-tired.
It's show time for our skipping dogs.
I'm curious to see how this one goes
because this is one of those tricks that can go either way.
I will be counting the total number of jumps.
The team with the most consecutive jumps in one minute
will win this, the Who Let the Dogs Out? Top Dog trophy.
Three weeks of hard core training ends now.
This is the biggest challenge Millie, Ted and Honey have ever faced.
There can only be one winner and today is the big day.
Who has learned to skip?
Who will skip the longest?
And who will walk away with the Who Let the Dogs Out? Top Dog trophy?
Becky and Honey were practically skipping when we last saw them,
they've been perfecting their technique.
Could Honey lose concentration and lose the competition?
She has got to do five jumps in a row.
That is spectacular.
You were getting there but you had a long way to go.
What has been the best thing you have learned from all this?
The best thing would be that Honey loves me more than she used to.
Aw, that's fantastic. Why do you think that is?
Because I have got to know her more and training with her.
Our first contenders for the Top Dog trophy are Becky and Honey.
Wow! Look at Becky and Honey go.
Let's see those skips again. Honey can really jump.
Each dog has three attempts at Zak's challenge.
Only their best shot will count. She is off again.
This is amazing.
Go, Honey. She is incredible.
That's five again.
Honey is jumping her own height.
Imagine you could jump as high as your own head without a run-up!
Can Becky and Honey beat five? Let's find out.
She's off. This is Becky's last go.
five, six, seven... But she stopped.
Why has she stopped? Seven is amazing enough.
She has even beaten her own record.
That was Becky's last go. Seven. Was it enough?
Three weeks ago, Ellen and Ted were struggling with the challenge.
Once Ellen got home, Ted's training took off.
He is doing very well.
He can do it but he has days when he doesn't want to do anything.
Otherwise, he's good at it.
But just as the skipping finale is about to start,
Ellen tells Zak she's decided to pull Ted out of the competition.
I was doing very well and Ted was jumping
but a few days after we went to our caravan
and he won't do it there because it's new to him.
When we went home, he wouldn't do it because he didn't want to.
Like people, certain things throw us off, different environments.
What I love about this is that you recognise he's not comfortable.
"I won't make him do something he's not comfortable doing."
I commend you for putting your dog's well-being first.
-You are to be congratulated. I am very proud of you.
# We'll stick together we can see it through
# Cos you've got a friend in me. #
Morgan and Millie have also been practising over the last few weeks.
-Millie has finally learnt to skip.
-It's going well.
She skips both ways, one with me swinging the rope
and one with us jumping with two people swinging the rope.
According to Zak's skipping rules,
-both these techniques can be used.
-What's your strategy?
Which one are you going to do?
I'll try all of them and see which is highest
because she can do all of them and it depends what mood she is in.
What has been the most challenging thing?
Probably being able to jump with her in front of me
and getting the timings
and being able to move with her when she moves.
Morgan is up next.
She has a different strategy from Becky and a couple of helpers.
That is her mum on the right and she is off.
Four, five. Five.
That was some great jumping but not enough to beat Becky.
We're counting the number of times they jump that rope without stopping.
Morgan is changing tactics. Let us see if it makes a difference.
Jump. Jump. Jump.
Jump. Jump. Jump.
That was only five jumps again. What is she going to do?
Can she beat Becky's massive seven jumps?
Morgan has reverted to her other technique.
Last chance, Morgan and Millie.
Five, six... What? What? You can't stop it there!
Who's won? Who has won?
All right guys.
The winner of today's Who Let the Dogs Out? Top dog Trophy is...
with a score of 10 consecutive jumps, Morgan and Millie.
Well done, Morgan. Let's see those 10 winning skips.
It could have been 11 if it hadn't hit Morgan's legs.
You earned it. All of you did such a great job.
You've all done brilliantly. That's my new English word.
-Yes. That's all from the Dog House.
We'll see you next time on Who Let the Dogs Out?
He wouldn't do it with the skipping rope but I don't mind.
He did well already.
I think Honey did really well.
That is the most jumps she has ever done before
and I am very proud of her.
It feels amazing to be top dog. Me and Millie worked so hard for it
and we are going to remember this day for ever.