Service Dog "Mistakes" // 5 times my service dog alerted someone (or someTHING) other than me!

Service Dog "Mistakes" // 5 times my service dog alerted someone (or someTHING) other than me!

Service Dogs are not perfect! Here are some innocent service dog mistakes – the stories of 5 people/things my medical alert service dog alerted that were not me.

I put “mistakes” in quotes because I think he was actually doing quite well! He was never falsely alerting, and in one case, alerting the wrong person was absolutely necessary!


○ Buddy’s BIRTHDAY!
○ Access Issues at the Grand Canyon:
○ Buddy’s Migraine Tasks:
○ Buddy’s POTS Tasks:
○ Service Dog GEAR HAUL:
○ Buddy Responding to a Faint on Camera (second half):
○ Service Dog Training Philosophy:
○ On-Duty vs Off-Duty Walks:
○ Dog Training with Structured Play:
○ Buddy does the LEAVE IT Challenge!:
○ The Unexpected Benefits of having a SD:
○ The TRUTH about having a Service Dog:
○ If you see a Service Dog in Public:
○ Working my Service Dog during COVID:


  1. Doth The Sloth on June 23, 2022 at 3:23 am

    Maybe this is a crazy stretch, but I am watching this after the CSF leak stuff that you’ve figuring out…. Maybe Buddy licked the Tissue because it actually HAD cerebral fluid on it and Buddy knows that this is one of the symptoms of on set o
    f migraines? could be a stretch?? But also it’s kind a weird coincidence that it was a tissue??? Also what if it was the same with the mask?

  2. Mx. Rumpus Parable on June 23, 2022 at 3:23 am

    The tissue guilty-alert is adorable. It’s so sweet how our pets, especially a service dog who knows his job is serious, take steps to take care of us and any time you watch a dog struggle with a moral dilemma. This was an adorable combination of the two…. and he made His Choice, your health, like the wonderful boy he sounds like. Both as a well trained working dog and having his own priorities show. Like humans, even if excellently trained self-interest can come first so it’s all hugs and smiles for me that he did the great and funny job of weighing it and putting you first. 🙂

  3. mmartens3 on June 23, 2022 at 3:24 am

    Sweet Buddy!

  4. Ineko Gary on June 23, 2022 at 3:26 am

    Your buddy is a great buddy. I am so glad you have him as a service dog. I have a service dog policy for the blind. Yes I am blind and I have a I’ve been inside for 24 years. And I love dogs I can help with dogs. And whenever I do not have a dog in my house I cannot go to sleep

  5. Jasper Howell on June 23, 2022 at 3:28 am

    He probs smelt the migraine in the tissue as it obs contained bodily fluids

  6. A Secret court of crows and clockwork doors on June 23, 2022 at 3:29 am

    I think that’s so awesome that he was actually able to alert things that you had handled or that I’ve been close to your face. Like you said, it shows that he’s both really attuned to you and really attuned to his job of learning. Also the fact that he never made a grab for the food and seem to kind of be apologetic about the tissue sure that he still knows what he supposed to leave. I am on the waiting list for my first Guide Dog right now I’m super excited. I live with my younger brother and but with the kids toys and stuff laying around I think has proofing the dog instead of dog proofing the house is a really great idea. Can you do a video on how you train him to leave each individual thing

  7. Wendy Pouse on June 23, 2022 at 3:30 am

    Has Buddy ever alerted another person, like a stranger?

  8. Melaneykk on June 23, 2022 at 3:31 am

    I would love to hear more about having a service dog that alerts for migraines I have suffered since I was 12 I am currently on 2 daily meds and botox, and I still sometimes get a full-on through up, blind-spot, auras. The problem is I am not getting the early indicates I use to get. I will literally be going about my day and just have to run to the bathroom and vomit. I only have these issues two or three times a month but it still means a full three days of headache that I could have mitigated if not eliminated with emergency meds. So how did you get your service dog and how were they trained?:

  9. Julie Bey on June 23, 2022 at 3:34 am

    Not mistakes! Good boy Buddy!

  10. KkayKris on June 23, 2022 at 3:36 am

    Alexa is across the room. She asked what I wanted to play…just from hearing YOU say polenta. This is hilarious.

  11. Wolfgang Smidt on June 23, 2022 at 3:38 am

    Fun stories

  12. Lyn R on June 23, 2022 at 3:43 am

    Very impressive Buddy.

  13. juul on June 23, 2022 at 3:44 am

    this is the first time i’ve come across your channel and i’m wondering why you need a service dog for migraines? i dont mean this in a rude way but i dont know what word to use instead. is it really only to determine when you will get a migraine so you can prepare yourself? i have chronic migraines with aura but i’ve never heard of service dogs for that

  14. Eric Taylor on June 23, 2022 at 3:44 am

    5:00 No, I think the dog was just being naughty, pushing the rules, testing what he could get away with.

  15. A A on June 23, 2022 at 3:46 am

    Buddy is sooo adorable!! On the other hand, in my country people avoid polenta if they already have low blood pressure.. it is said that it Lowers it further..I just know I feel sleepy after having it 🙂

  16. ChloeTheBear on June 23, 2022 at 3:46 am

    I wonder if Buddy is smelling CSF?

  17. A Silver Fox in Tasmania on June 23, 2022 at 3:51 am

    So what was in the cup? Having just watched your latest video about a potential CSF leak this all makes sense. Especially if you do the occasional wipe of the hand/back of the hand on the nose drips and then pick up polenta.

  18. Sueyloo68 on June 23, 2022 at 3:51 am

    Where did you get buddy? I’ve never heard of a migraine dog. I’m obsessed. I want one

  19. Luann Gordon on June 23, 2022 at 3:52 am

    Love your videos. I am new here, but wanted to say thanks for keeping your videos clean and profanity-free.

  20. jarre williams on June 23, 2022 at 3:52 am

    I’m sure I could google it, but I trust the people here more- how early can dogs typically detect a migraine? I’ve been working with my sd on migraines and sometimes it’s an alert within 20 mins of me feeling pain and then other times he alerts in the morning and then I feel the migraine in the afternoon. I’m really not sure if his morning alerts are truly alerts or if he’s still in the stage of doing it because he wants cookies. I only just started the scent training a couple months ago and he is incredibly smart and a quick learner, but I’m just not sure on this one

  21. Israel on June 23, 2022 at 3:52 am

    I’ve found it super interesting how yours tends to scent by VOCs initially then by licking the same spot to re-sample – mine was initially trained for SAR/tracking (malinois – DO NOT GET ONE IF YOU ARE NOT A WORKING DOG HANDLER FFS), so she’ll she’ll pick up scents from waaaay out just because she’s bred primarily for scenting and high work drive and has a huge amount of training on aging/etc. She’ll just air scent from a cover and paw incrementally when things get better or worse, and then she’ll actually alert for the same things while tracking lost persons which is fascinating and explains a huge amount about behavioral changes that are otherwise bewildering

  22. S. R. on June 23, 2022 at 3:53 am

    It shows his intelligence and incredible ability to smell pheromones. Way to go, Buddy!

  23. Zoey Hunter on June 23, 2022 at 3:53 am

    My first dog was named Buddy he was a black lab. And since my parents couldn’t potty train him we had to give him away.

  24. Art.4.Love. on June 23, 2022 at 3:53 am

    I adore this video thank you so much. I hope one day my future SD can do this.

  25. Pattie Knight on June 23, 2022 at 3:54 am

    He’s a good dog!

  26. Jennifer Terrell on June 23, 2022 at 3:55 am

    O my Gooodness! Thank U Thank U for making ur vlogs* It is so refreshing to hear you explain the perils of bein a Mama w/mean migraines* I have 2 teen daughters and we all have experienced migraines but in different ways* We recently adopted a pup & we’re considering havin him possibly be a service dog, just not sure how we can do it or how difficult the process is* Anywho ~ So happy to find your channel & Happy New 2021! 😛

  27. Shy Granny on June 23, 2022 at 3:56 am

    You did realize he is hitting on your scent on these objects

  28. Teal Zebra on June 23, 2022 at 3:59 am

    POTS suffer,EDS,and migraine sufferer and your vids are what I needed.

  29. Ashley M on June 23, 2022 at 3:59 am

    Fantastic!! ❤️ smart puppy!!

  30. Blaze8Candy MCPE on June 23, 2022 at 4:01 am

    We got a trashcan with a lid on it for the bathroom and my dog still managed to figure out that if he pushed on the little pedal he could get into it. He leaves the trash cans alone now that he is older and knows that he’s not supposed to touch them.

  31. Minnie Mouse on June 23, 2022 at 4:02 am

    Ughh I so want a migraine & anxiety dog too it would be so helpful.

  32. Eric Taylor on June 23, 2022 at 4:06 am

    There is a video of a you tuber who has since passed away, but her dog was asked to get a water bottle and brought her salad dressing instead.
    I witnessed a dog alert a stranger once. This woman was on the bus with a service dog and the dog alerted another passenger.
    The woman asked the guy if he had epilepsy and he said he did not. But a few minutes later the guy had a full blown seizure.
    Never found out why, but the dog knew it was going to happen and the dog did what it had been trained to do, even though the man was a stranger.

  33. Amanda K on June 23, 2022 at 4:06 am

    So was Buddy trained to smell your specific migraines? I imagine he smells everyone’s migraines, but only alerts you when you have one starting.

  34. Crystal Thompson on June 23, 2022 at 4:09 am

    Im going to be honest, I subbed to watch your awesome dog and I am so glad I did bc it turns out, the content and info is also great.

  35. Alicia Madsen on June 23, 2022 at 4:11 am

    Some people don’t get it that service dogs do make mistakes.

  36. slowfire2 on June 23, 2022 at 4:11 am

    Your dog did the best solution available to him. i would also alert someone else if I couldnt get to the right person, so they could check on the person in need.

  37. Kimberley Lewis - Unknown Location 3 (UNKN3) on June 23, 2022 at 4:12 am

    You tell great stories. I’m so glad you have Buddy to keep you and your baby safe and sound. Thanks for sharing, Buddy is impressive.

  38. AmeliaRainASMR on June 23, 2022 at 4:14 am

    Can you have a service dog for Anxiety, bad migraines and possible ADHD and bipolar disorder?

  39. Florencia Traub on June 23, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Hi does anyone else get a frying noise in there eat when having a migraine??

  40. theabominator22 on June 23, 2022 at 4:17 am

    Wait your HR is supposed to be in the 90’s I have a HR that goes from 99 to 100 I know this because I have been in the recovery room after an operation got bored and was sitting on my bedside chair looking at the HR monitor and stuff the finger monitor fell off and the nurses came running in and I said it fell off and I was trying to get my pulse back on it!

  41. Amy on June 23, 2022 at 4:21 am

    I never knew you could get a service animal for migraines, I get very severe migraines and would love that warning.

  42. ckeilah on June 23, 2022 at 4:22 am

    Is Buddy a San Rafael dog?

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