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Web-series Review of Growing Up Guide Pup

Updated: Apr 17, 2021

While the essentiality of service dogs has long been proven, the crucial role of the raisers and trainers of these dogs often go underappreciated. Service dogs go through lengthy training schedules, which begin from as early as when the canines are 4-6months old, and they assist humans for more than ten years.

When Amie, a veterinary technician and Matthew, a filmmaker by trade, started documenting their experiences, Growing Up Guide Pup was created. Their mission was to increase education and awareness about training service dogs so that they can go on to help people with disabilities live more independent and fulfilling lives.

Educating people about service dog laws, service dog etiquette, and how to overcome the common challenges faced by the trainers and caregivers are the focus of their mission. This documentary is a part of that awareness, which they started as a web series to show that service dogs not only need physical training but also proper knowledge and advice from experts to realize their full potential.

In this part, we see applied kinesiology (the study of the mechanics of body movements) is applied on a service dog named Patrick, who has already been discovered to have several trapped emotions inside him.

Carolyn, a certified Emotion Code Practitioner tells us about the book, The Emotion Code written by Dr Bradley Nelson, which talks about how body movements can reveal psychological issues. She demonstrates how Patrick’s attention-seeking behaviour is rooted in various other issues like the feeling of neglect and childhood abandonment issues.

As Carolyn and Amie find out the area where a disturbance in energy is created in Patrick’s body, it’s released by the former, and Patrick is shown to become relaxed. Carolyn states that in order to truly heal an animal, you need to listen to what the animals themselves say. We see for ourselves that after hours of Applied Kinesiology Treatment, harmful emotions like fear, anger, neglect and despair are released from Patrick.

Over the last decade, Amie and Matthew have worked tirelessly to give us a real, unfiltered perspective into what goes into raising service dogs through their web series and blogs. They have won awards and nominations in more than 40 international film and web festivals around the world, till now. Matthew, who brought together two of his passions, filmmaking and raising dogs, makes sure that the production value of these videos is impeccable. Together, Amie and Matthew are making more and more people realize the value, intelligence and potential of service dogs, which they believe, has the power to help transform America, and maybe the whole world.

Director's Biography:

Matt’s love and appreciation for dogs was forever solidified when his shetland sheepdog named Bingo helped save him from drowning when he was just two years of age. He is often reminded of that fateful day from his elders and how he measures challenges. In addition to his appreciation for dogs his other passion is making films. It was very common to find Matt playing around with his dads Sony Handycam creating that next masterpiece when he was a kid. His love of storytelling spawned the eventual creation of Chapman Digital Motion Pictures. He began his professional career producing wedding, music, corporate, and commercial videos in-house as well as freelance for various clients. Then in 2007 Matt decided to create his online moniker Chappyshowcase and started distributing videos during the dawn of the Youtube renaissance. Since then Matt has distributed more than 400 videos on the internet accumulating more than 15 million views and counting. Matt’s other passion is raising service dogs to help people with disabilities which led the foundation of his award winning web series Growing Up Guide Pup which he found with his wife Amie as a cutting edge initiative to raise awareness about service dog altruism. Eventually Matt and Amie turned Growing Up Guide Pup into a 501(c)3 so they could chase their passion to educate the world about service dogs. Matt has been the sitting Chairman since 2015. He is also is a former board member for Brigadoon Service Dogs and Mobility Service Dog West Coast Project. On top of that he also enjoys spending time with his wife Amie, his dogs Ricki, Ozzy, Penny and Pixie.

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