This VERY good boy is not very good at being a service dog, unfortunately
Dogs are angels on earth in every discernible way. Some are great at being lifelong companions, others have talents in the service arena — as K9 police dogs, service dogs to those in need, etc. And some dogs have higher hopes and dreams than they’re capable of achieving, but that doesn’t make them any less Good. Take this guy, for example.
In a video that’s quickly gone viral all over social media, a German Shepherd named Ryker can be seen trying so very hard to meet the standards of a service dog. But Ryker, like many of us out there of the human variety who can relate, falls short during his test. In every single way.
Please enjoy the funniest, most adorable animal video you will see all day.
OH. MY. GOD.
The complete demolishing of the wheelchair is one thing, the total meltdown over the trainer using a walker is just… oh, poor Ryker. You sweet, untrainable thing. He simply cannot be bothered with people in distress — there are balls to catch, y’all!
“Every dog has a purpose,” the caption on the video read. “Clearly, Ryker’s purpose is not to be a service dog.” That may be true, but he’s trying! He really is. He’s just very excitable and easily distracted. Probably not great for service dogging, but definitely normal and good for regular dogging.
Bless the people at the Double H Canine Training Academy in Louisville, KY for sharing this boy with the world. Ryker here was an instant viral sensation, with many people applauding his efforts in spite of the (completely undesired) result.
this dog literally failed every single test thrown at him to become a service dog and i am scream laughing. but imho he’s still a very very good boy. pic.twitter.com/fGdiUbmw5o
— kim. (@KimmyMonte) February 25, 2020
Ryker’s shenanigans have delighted people everywhere, young and old, dog lovers and non, because the video (set to Sinatra’s “My Way” no less) is just that good.
I am screaming— Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd) February 26, 2020
Pulling dude out of the chair completely is when I lost it..🤣— Neko Case (@NekoCase) February 26, 2020
It's not really fair when you put a tennis ball on the bottom of a walker. This clearly supperior at fetch...if you want a refrigerator brought to you, this your dog!— Tim (@bluetorpedo123) February 25, 2020
Others shared their own “Service Dog FAIL” stories, and they were pure gold.
A friend had a dog who flunked out of Hearing Dog school. He apparently kept trying to herd people *towards* fire when alarms went off.— Nora Sawyer (@Nora_Sawyer) February 26, 2020
One of my classmates who was blind had the worst guide dog. He was so sweet and just wanted people to pay attention to him and pet him and he was so bad at his job. One time he walked her right into a pole.— Minty (@MintSparkle) February 26, 2020
He ended up being a therapy dog for a child with autism. Better fit!
My friend has a seeing eye dog dropout because halfway through training they discovered the dog had cataracts. My friend explained “apparently they do not allow the blind to lead the blind.” But she’s very well behaved.— Suzanne (@suzrunnr68) February 26, 2020
LOL. They’re doing their best, okay?! If you’re interested in more daily activities of beloved Ryker while he resides at the training academy (of course you do, come on), please enjoy the following video posted on Ryker’s behalf. Let’s hear it for all the good boys and girls who gave it their all and tried to be of service because their hearts were truly in it. Hopefully, those failures led them to forever homes with equally quirky humans who love them in spite of their failed career paths.
LOL. They’re doing their best, okay?!
If you’re interested in more daily activities of beloved Ryker while he resides at the training academy (of course you do, come on), please enjoy the following video posted on Ryker’s behalf.
Let’s hear it for all the good boys and girls who gave it their all and tried to be of service because their hearts were truly in it. Hopefully, those failures led them to forever homes with equally quirky humans who love them in spite of their failed career paths.