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This is the Dog House, home to the best dog-training competition
in the UK.
And look who's leading the mission to find the top young dog
trainers - the awesome Ashleigh and Pudsey!
-Welcome to Who Let The Dogs Out?
Yeah! Good boy. Fantastic.
But only 27 teams made it to the Dog House.
three of those teams battle it out for a place in the semifinals.
That was naughty!
The amazing Ashleigh Butler will be joined by expert dog trainer
-Steve Mann to teach them a totally impressive stunt.
-So who will go all the way and who will be careering off course?
Things are about to get very hairy at the Dog House.
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Today's trick is a really difficult one
and I had to find some fearless dogs with very good balance.
Hundreds of trainers applied this year,
but I can only choose three for this stunt.
So, Ashleigh, I'm curious to see what kind of dogs you chose for this one.
I'm guessing all small, sturdy dogs, I imagine.
Well, Steve, you imagine wrong!
I chose Nile and Oreo, Max and Gus,
and Anneka and Jet to learn today's stunt.
And here's why they impressed me so much at the Try-outs. Come on, Puds!
Come on, then!
At the Try-outs, dozens of dogs
and their trainers were hoping to impress Ashleigh to get to
the Dog House and get their paws on the ultimate prize -
the Top Dog Trainer trophy.
-The competition was fierce.
-That is amazing!
-The first team went all-out to impress.
Can you tell me both your names, please?
My name's Nile and this is my dog Oreo.
Well, I can't wait to see what you've got.
-Ten-year-old Nile and his dog, Oreo, from Gloucester,
-He's nearly as big as you!
-Great catch, Oreo!
-Good boy. That was brilliant. Well done.
-Well, the floor is all yours.
Max, who's also ten,
and his terrier cross Gus, from Leamington Spa, did not disappoint.
-Good boy. Through here. Come on your board. Come on your board.
-Gus definitely knows a trick or two!
-Good boy, Gus.
-Good. Well done.
-Brilliant. That was perfect. Well done.
You had some great tricks there and I like the skateboard,
and you gave the pram a go as well, so that was brilliant.
-Can you introduce yourselves, please?
I'm Anneka and this is Jet.
This team from Buckinghamshire proved they have what it takes.
-Look at that balance!
-I've never seen that one before.
-Good spin. Good spin.
-Don't get dizzy, Jet!
I absolutely love the encouragement that you give him,
so a big well done to both of you.
It's day one of training and time for Ashleigh to introduce
the teams to our dog expert, Steve, who will reveal their stunt.
-How you doing, gang?
-Hi, guys. How are we feeling today?
-Now, this is Steve, our lovely dog trainer.
-We have Anneka and Jet.
-He's very excited!
-Raring to go. Perfect.
-We have Max and Gus.
-Hello, Max. You all right?
-And we have Nile and Oreo.
-I think Oreo has beautiful eyes.
So today, guys, you're going to teach your dogs how to use this.
-A skateboard. Yes?
Now, Nile, I do remember that you specifically asked for this
-trick, so are you happy?
So Max, how do you think Gus is going to cope with the skateboard?
Good. Probably good. Probably.
That's what I like to hear! And what about Jet?
-Do you think he's going to be OK on the skateboard?
-I can't wait.
For this stunt, your dogs must jump onto a skateboard
and stay on it for as long as possible.
The winner will be the dog that travels
the furthest along a 25-metre runway.
We will measure from where the skateboard starts to move
until more than one of the dog's paws touches the ground.
So stage one, we're just going to encourage the dog to
hop up onto the skateboards, working on their confidence all the time.
When they've got their four feet on the board,
give them their treats when they're on the board.
Then what I want you to do, just move ever
so slightly, a tiniest little wobble.
Once they're at that point, get the board onto a smoother surface,
encourage them onto the boards, then pull them along ever
so slowly so they get used to that movement.
Then encourage them from a walk to hop onto the boards,
then from a little bit of a jog because that momentum,
come Showtime, might be very, very handy for you guys. OK.
-So I'm going to leave you in Ashleigh's capable hands.
For you, Madame. Enjoy your training and I'll catch you later on, yeah?
-OK. See you later, then.
It's amazing being here at the Dog House.
We never expected to get to the Try-outs,
let alone at the Dog House.
Well, only the best trainers make it to the Dog House, Anneka,
-which means you are one of them.
-I love how you went down to his level.
Have you actually had a bit of a practice on a skateboard before?
-He's got on and off it at home.
-On and off it. OK.
-But he hasn't got anywhere!
-Well, that's still a start, isn't it?
So just keep carrying on for just a little bit doing that and, like
Steve said, then you can start moving it just a tiny bit on the grass.
Anneka and Jet get off to a good start,
but Anneka just needs a bit more confidence.
When the trick was revealed, I felt quite happy
-because I'd already got Gus on the skateboard at home.
So Gus is not new to skateboarding. That might give this team the edge.
-Brilliant. Well done.
-Go. Go. Gussy, good boy.
Remember, don't give him the treat when he comes off.
Still give him the treat while he's on the board, OK?
So treat and then go, OK? But that's brilliant. Well done.
Well, looks like Gus is pretty good, even at this early stage.
-How's Oreo getting on, then?
-He keeps flipping it over to the side.
If you come round here and walk him on from this way.
-So you walk backwards and help on this way.
-Just two paws is fine.
Good. Give him his treat. Yes. Good boy. Well done.
As long as he's got his feet on there, you're giving him loads
and loads of praise,
so he definitely knows that that's what you want him to do, OK?
-Keep the board still so he doesn't flip it up, OK?
Well done, Oreo,
especially for a dog that's not been on a skateboard before.
The best bit about this training was that when I got
the skateboarding trick
'cos that was the trick I wanted Oreo to learn.'
Well, guys. You look like you're doing a really, really good job.
You want to make sure, when your dog is getting on the skateboard
now, that you want to try and build it up, how long they stay on there.
Jet agrees with me!
So I would give them loads and loads of praise
while they're on that skateboard and then give them a release word,
So they know that you're telling them to go on and then go off as well, OK?
-And good luck. Bye!
We can all be guilty of not thinking things through sometimes,
But who knows what on earth these dogs were thinking?
MUSIC: "Live While We're Young" by One Direction
Now, listen up, everyone. Yes, I am talking to you too, doggy.
It has come to my attention that dogs do the strangest things.
Take air swimming, for example.
Surely that would be more fun IN the water?
And why put your plates in the dishwasher
if you're just going to lick them clean?
Staring at the door stopper might pass the time,
but it's just downright weird!
Talking to yourself in the mirror is very strange behaviour,
but I suppose sometimes, you just need to give yourself a pep talk.
Whereas hiding in a pile of leaves, now that's just crazy fun!
And you're just asking for the neighbours to start
gossiping about you when you behave like that in the back garden!
So why DO dogs behave so strangely? I guess we'll never know.
And what are YOU doing? You just look silly! Stop it!
Still to come on Who Let The Dogs Out?
We've got dogs pulling some smooth moves to music.
And which team will go the distance to reach the semifinals?
Ashleigh's back to check how Anneka, Max and Nile are doing.
-How are we all getting on?
-Are you having fun?
Well, I'm glad you are.
Let's see how much fun Anneka and Jet are having, then.
-Let's take a look.
-Come on. Skateboard. Good.
-And I think you can move on to the smoother surface now.
-So do you want to bring your skateboard up here?
-Come on, Jet.
-Well done, guys. Onto the next stage of training for this team.
-Good boy. Skateboard. Skateboard. All the way on.
-So keep on building up, making sure you're keeping him really
confident on that skateboard and don't move it too much now.
-Just little bits at the moment. But perfect. Well done.
-Hello. How's Gus been getting on?
-Yeah? Can I take a look?
-Go on, then.
-Gussy, What's this? Gus, come on. Yes. Gussy, good boy.
-Good. Well done.
-You're so enthusiastic!
-I think that you can move Gus onto the next step.
That's Max and Gus moving on up, too.
-So exactly the same as you did on the grass.
-So just walk him on and build up on that on the smoother surface, OK?
-Gussy, treats. Gus. Gussy, what's this? Gussy, on. Yes.
Did Gus just push with one foot?
He pushed off on that back leg as well, so that's brilliant. Well done.
Let's see that again. Wow! This team are pushing ahead!
-How's Oreo getting on?
-Not very good. Not very well.
Shall we take a look?
Good. Give him his treat. Yes. Good boy. Right.
Do you remember what I said?
Keep this still because if it tips up, then he's losing balance
and he's going to fall off, OK?
Also, down this side, you're going backwards, OK?
When he gets his two paws on there, you give him loads
and loads of praise, OK? So he knows exactly what he's going to do.
-Shall we take another look?
-OK. Over here.
-Great advice from Ashleigh.
Come on, Nile and Oreo. You can do it.
-On the skateboard.
-Yes. Loads. Good boy.
You're going to do that a couple of times now and keep doing that.
And then when he's confident and he's always going to be putting two
paws on there, then you can start... Hello! Good boy.
..You can start putting three on there, OK?
Niles is doing a lot better than he thinks. Great teamwork there.
Well, I think you should be really, really proud of yourselves
and your dogs today.
I want the dogs actually pushing the skateboards, running
and pushing it with their momentum, not with their foot...
Yeah, Jet agrees with me again! Not with their foot.
We're going to work on that and build on that tomorrow.
-I will leave you here and good luck and have fun, OK?
Come on, Gus. Back up.
'During the training, Gus pushed the skateboard with his paw'
and everyone was quite surprised.
I think I might struggle a bit with teaching Jet to
push it along with his paw
'cos he's got quite short legs,
'but hopefully, he'll be able to do it.'
I think my main competition is Max and Gus because
'they've done it and Oreo hasn't done it yet.'
Oreo, Gus and Jet are all different dogs with different personalities.
Let's take a look at their Mutt Measurements to find out how
different they actually are.
Gus is a Jack Russell-Border Terrier cross
and, at under a year old, is still a puppy.
Jack Russells are energetic and are usually dominantly white.
Gus has less white markings due to his Border Terrier mix.
These dogs are supposed to be very good at digging.
Can Gus put his paws to good use and skate into the lead?
Jet is just under a year old and he's a Swedish Vallhund.
It is believed that these dogs date back to over 1,000 years ago
and were used by Vikings.
Anneka says Jet got his name because of his superfast speed
and extreme energy.
Will this make Jet a sure thing to win this challenge?
Oreo is a one-year-old Husky-Labrador cross.
Huskies are usually friendly dogs and have coats that keep them
warm in winter and protect them from the sun in summer. Clever stuff!
Oreo does look more like a Labrador, and they are usually easy to train.
With his Husky heritage, let's hope Oreo wants to
get ON the skateboard and not pull it along like a sledge!
Day two of training and the teams are back for more practice
with Ashleigh and the next steps from Steve.
And all three are now on the smooth surface.
-Hey, gang. Hi, Ashleigh. How we doing?
-Yes, I'm very pleased with them.
-Talk me through it. Where we at?
-Anneka and Jet. Now, Jet has a great run up onto that skateboard.
-Oh, nice! Very good.
-That is very good.
-They're carrying on with that.
-We can work on that. Excellent.
Now, Max and Gus.
Gus runs onto the skateboard but he's not going fast enough at the moment.
-OK. So a little bit more momentum, you reckon, Max?
Gus, Gus, Gus, come on. Yes.
-Ah! And when did he get that treat?
-When he was off the skateboard.
-And when should he get the treat?
-When he's on the skateboard.
-And when will he get the treat next time?
-When he's on the skateboard.
-Good man. And how's Nile doing?
-He's halfway there, I think.
He's not 100% doing it. He is tipping that skateboard up,
which means he can't get his back paw on then.
That's not going to be such a big problem, you know, Nile, because
ultimately, we're only going to need three feet on eventually, all right?
So you've got to teach one paw on extra.
-These guys are going to have to teach one paw off now.
Well, I think they have all done brilliantly
-and I think we are ready for the next step as well.
So when we get to Showtime, the aim is to push that
skateboard along the 25-metre runway as far as possible.
Start with your dog on the skateboards and encourage them
just to put one foot down for a little push along.
Now, that may be completely by accident, but as soon as that
foot comes down and pushes along the floor, reward, big fuss.
Tell your dog that's exactly what you want them to do.
But the rules of Showtime are very, very,
very strict and they say only one paw on the floor.
So remember, gang, push with one paw, treat more and more and more.
-Push with two feet, uh-uh! No more treats. Does that make sense?
OK. Ashleigh will remind you.
Carry on with your training and I'm going to see you at Showtime. Ciao!
-I can't wait to crack on. Shall we get going?
Anneka's been worried about getting Jet to push with his paw.
Let's see if she can master that with Ashleigh.
-Do you have a clicker?
Wondering what a clicker is? Well, listen up.
Dog trainers use a clicking thing to tell their dog they've done
something right. They click, give a treat
and the dog soon learns that a click means a treat is on its way.
So as soon as he puts that back paw down, click, OK?
Jet, skateboard. Stay. Stay. Stay.
-Back up. Back up. Back up. Back up.
-And now, he's not going to do it!
Don't give him a treat for that!
You're really bad at giving him treats.
Don't give him treats when he's not doing anything, all right?
He didn't do something that you wanted him to do, OK?
Just put him back on the skateboard.
Anneka treating when she shouldn't
and Jet's not getting the hang of pushing with his paw just yet.
Back up. Back up. Back up.
-You can do it!
-Oh, he was so close!
So as soon as you see that one paw touch the ground, click
-and treat, OK?
-Yeah. Come on.
-How's Max and Gus getting on?
-Yeah? Shall we take a look?
-Gus, Gus. On, on.
No! No, no, no, no, no, no! That was naughty! OK?
Remember what Steve said.
You gave him a treat, and I think you've been doing it
a lot for doing the two paws, so you've got to get him
out of that habit now and just putting the one paw, OK?
Naughty trainers, not listening!
-Do you want to try with him?
Ready, Gus? Good boy.
Good boy, well done.
But a gold star for Gus yet again with his one paw.
Good boy, that's clever.
OK, so you've got to do it really, really slowly.
Cos if you go too fast, he's just going to jump up like that, OK?
So you give that a go. Carry on.
-How's Oreo doing?
-He's doing all right?
He definitely knows the two paw, so stop giving him a treat for that now.
-He's got to work out what he's got to do next. Add the third paw.
So try it again.
Mmm, sounds like Niall is using the word
skateboard as a command for Oreo.
So you've got to make sure you have patience...
Was that three paws on the skateboard? Yes, it was.
-..patience and you treat him in the right place as well.
Keep that board as still as possible, cos
if it's moving about then he's not going to go on it.
Good, well done.
I know this is the toughest part to do with the skateboard,
but I'm sure you will get there.
I'm going to see you back here in two weeks
and make sure you practise as much as possible.
Good luck, bye.
While the teams head home to practise before show time,
here are four steps to teaching your dog how to skateboard.
Step one - start by getting your dog onto the skateboard
by holding it nice and steady.
Step two - start to move the skateboard, a little at first,
to build your dog's confidence.
Then increase the distance.
Step three - then move onto a smoother surface
and encourage your dog to jump onto the skateboard
and start moving it themselves.
Step four - focus on training your dog to be able to push
with one paw and make sure you reward for any accidental push offs.
What I'm going to work on at home is Gus to have
one paw off the skateboard and three paws on the skateboard.
I think that session went pretty well, yeah.
Oreo got three paws on the skateboard. I'm happy.
Good boy, yeah. Well done. Good boy.
My main competition is Niall and Oreo
because Oreo started getting on the skateboard.
If they can get him pushing it, he'll go really far quite quickly.
There are some really cute dog tricks out there that can really
impress your friends.
Today, Pudsey and I are going to be showing you how to
teach your dog to jump in and out of a box.
Firstly, you're going to need a box that's quite safe
and it's big enough for your dog to walk around in.
Right, come on then, Puds.
Good boy. Hello.
Now I'm going to start off with the smaller box
and then I'm going to try and coax him into the box.
Maybe throw in one of my treats.
After I've done that a couple of times
and they're quite confident with going in the box,
I'm going to start adding in my command.
So for this I say, "In your box." But I have to make sure that
I praise him and treat him as soon as his four paws are all in the box.
In your box.
Good boy. Well done.
Once they know that and they're really confident,
I'm going to move on to a bigger box.
So I might have to go back a couple of steps,
cos they are going to have to have more of a jump into their box.
So I'm going to use my hand for this one. Are you ready? Steady?
In your box.
Good boy. Well done.
So he had a little bit more of a jump then,
so make sure you try this one at home with your dog.
Now we all know how much Pudsey and I love to dance together and
in the world of dog training, it's actually called heelwork to music.
Here's what it's all about.
You've seen dogs dancing by themselves, but as our Ashley
and Pudsey have proved, dogs dancing with humans is FAR cooler.
What you're watching right now is called heelwork to music,
where dogs and owners use their obedience skills to put
together a routine of smooth moves.
The dancing duos can show off their creative skills with costumes
that go with their music.
Eh, excuse me, you've dropped your hat.
Ooh, an excellent leg weave there.
Good, walking backwards on two legs.
Some fantastic paw prancing going on.
Excellent job. I score them SeVEN!
Two weeks' of intensive skateboard training is over.
Now it's time for our three teams to put all they've learnt to the test.
Let the battle of the boards begin.
I'm pretty confident
if Gus gets on the skateboard and pushes himself along,
otherwise I'm doomed.
So who has the edge?
I'm pretty confident that I can make it to the semifinal,
but I'll give it my best shot.
And who will push their way into the semifinals?
I'm feeling a bit nervous because sometimes Jet does it, sometimes
he doesn't and the other dogs are all going to try their hardest too.
It's time to find out.
It's show time for our skateboarding duos
and this is where it's all taking place.
Each dog will have a run and jump onto their skateboard.
Whoever travels the furthest will be our winners.
To do this, each dog will have to use just one of their paws to try
and push themselves along.
Now I will need an extra pair of eyes to help me judge this.
-And here is just the man for the job.
-Just the man.
I'm excited about this.
This is my kind of challenge - it's all action.
-So shall we go and see some skateboarding dogs?
-Let's do it.
The skateboard track is set.
First up - it's Anneka and Jet.
Anneka has struggled with getting Jet to push with his paw.
Now when the pressure's on, can he make it happen?
-In your own time.
Push, push. Push. Come on. Come on, Jet. Push.
Uh-oh, he's not pushing.
Yes, good push.
I spoke to soon.
Good push. Back up.
Push, push. Good push.
Come on, Jet. Come on.
Good push. Back up, push, push.
-This is incredible!
Well over three metres already.
Look at that back paw go.
Good boy. Push, push, push, push.
Jet is living up to his name.
He's like a supersonic jet.
Come on, come on, Jet.
He's cleared the ten metre mark and he's still going.
Hey, more track, anybody?
Come on. What's this? Push. What's this? Push, push. Push, push.
He's slowing down.
Push, good. Oh, good.
What an amazing performance by this team.
Just over 15 metres. Wow!
If this standard is anything to go by, we may need a bigger runway.
Next up, it's Niall and Oreo.
They struggled at the start,
but this doggy duo got back on track and are real contenders.
Can they beat Anneka and Jet?
OK? In your own time.
Right, Oreo. Skateboard, move. Skateboard, move. Skateboard, move.
Niall's straight in there with encouragement.
Watch it doesn't flip.
Skateboard, move. Oh.
Oh, no. Oreo has come off the board.
Ah, it's all over for this team.
Bad luck, Niall and Oreo.
But tremendous teamwork from these two.
Just reaching the two-metre mark.
Last but not least, it's Max and Gus.
This team paw pushed ahead of the others in training, but now
can they keep the edge over Anneka and Jet when it matters the most?
In your own time.
Gussy, come on. Gussy, skate. Gussy, come on.
Max as enthusiastic as ever and they're off.
Yes, Gussy, come on. Yes, Gus-Gus, come on.
Oh, no! Gus has stopped.
Is he losing interest?
Gussy, come on.
Gus, now is not the time for a snack.
Max has got his focus back.
Yes, Gus. Yes, Gus.
Oh, he's stopped again.
Gus, you should be concentrating on the board
not getting bored.
Gussy, come on.
Gus-Gus. Gus, Gus, Gussy.
Gussy, Gus, Gus.
Come on, Gus.
Gus has come off the board only a metre-and-a-half along the course.
Max will be disappointed.
But if there was a medal for enthusiasm,
he would certainly get it.
Great team effort.
-Did you enjoy yourselves? ALL:
That's what I like to hear. You all did absolutely amazing.
You should be so proud of both yourselves and your dogs.
But I can reveal
the winner of today's challenge is...
..Anneka and Jet.
That was a pretty amazing performance,
so you should be really, really proud.
How do you feel about both your performances?
-I think Gus did well and I'm proud of him.
-Good man, perfect.
That is good. And what about Oreo? You should be so proud.
-He couldn't even get on that skateboard before, could he?
So you should be really, really, really proud of yourselves.
So that's Anneka and Jet through to the next round.
Join us next time on Who Let The Dogs Out?
where we have three more trainers
and their dogs going head-to-head for their place in the semifinals.
-See you then. Bye.
Come on, then.
Hey, was she good?
Next time, Katy and Dazzle, Oliver and Charlie,
and Angelina and Jess go head-to-head.
That is amazing.
When Ashley launches a very energetic
Who Let The Dogs Out? challenge.
-Oh, come on.
-You've got to be positive.
Miss it and you will be very sorry indeed.
-I'm feeling happy and sad about leaving the Dog House
and I think Anneka and Jet deserve to go through.
The thing I've learnt at the Dog House is Oreo...
getting him to skateboard.
He can do that.
It's amazing to have won the skateboarding.
I'm really proud of Jet and...
Oh, well, Puds, that was a great Showtime.
Although I don't think we could ever skateboard like that.
Luckily, we have our golf buggy to get around in.
Pudsey...how are your feet reaching the pedals?
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