Well, Oakley’s back to school episode is currently my second most-popular episode of this season! I am happy for him, but also just a “tad” worried he may steal the Oscar I’ve been working towards! 😉 Jokes of course, I’m happy the fans seem to love his adorable personality and looks so much <3
I mean, how does this little puppy on his way to school NOT tickle your cute receptors?! 😉
So continuing, let’s take a look at how this episode was made, and some of the bloopers to go with it!
But first, let’s watch the episode here:
At 3.6 million views at the time of writing this, heck, it might even give Jurassic Wiener a run for its money!
People seemed to love Oakley’s opening scene of waking up in his cute mini bed to his alarm clock.
Now if you were wondering if this is Oakley’s real bedroom… it is. And if you have a good eye, you might have noticed that the bed he is sleeping on is the same bed as the one from our prison cell in PRISON BREAK. Since it wasn’t tempurpedic, I just gave it to him.
We had lots of people asking how we got Oakley “trained” to fall asleep. Haha.
He wasn’t trained to do that. It’s just a waiting game. The humans coax Oakley to sleep with soft pets on his head and gentle words, and sitting and being very quiet…
And after all that waiting, it just takes a little snap of the fingers to wake him up.
It was a little more difficult when making Oakley fall asleep during the history class, though! It seems there was always some sort of noise that distracted him; a truck going by, a crack, people down the hall, etc, etc.
After breakfast, Oakley takes the bus (not missing it this time!) to school. We were very fortunate to have found such a fun, cooperative school to let us shoot this episode there – and also a bus driver who didn’t mind lending us her time and her bus!
But then again, who wouldn’t want to drive this guy to school?!
If you’re wondering if Oakley is actually a Blue Jays fan, he sure is. In fact, he’s been trying out for the team for a while now.
Having more characters (dogs) involved is always fun and makes for a great cast, but as my Dad always says, each additional dog makes it shooting what you want exponentially more difficult. So, lining up our expressions, directions of which way we were looking, actions, etc, is very tough! So you do need a bit of creative editing to make it all come together.
But, as you saw in the episode, it all worked out. Just need to keep it fun, and don’t forget to laugh while making it.
You may have also noticed, it seems dogs prefer not to leave a desk the same way a human would, by just stepping off the chair. Us dogs prefer to hop over the desk it seems…
The golden retriever you see here, whose name is Dillon, same as in the episode, is a huge sweetheart despite us giving him a bit of a bullish jock persona in the video. Fun fact, he was actually raised and trained through a puppy prison program. From there, he found his mom and is now working towards being a therapy dog. He also played the woman principal who was worried her curls would make her look too “goldendoodley”.
We didn’t actual give the principal a name in the episode, but if you can think of a good one, tell us in the comments below!
Then there was Sandy, whose real name is Jayati, and who has played in a few episodes before, such as Lifeguard, Spacedog Cru, Anchordog, etc. Here’s a picture of her and Oakley sharing an ice cream cone during his dream sequence.
She gets along swell with Oakley. In fact, they even get romantic. Sometimes too romantic, if you know what I mean… 😉
Now, Oakley seemed to get all the attention with this episode, but it should be mentioned I still play THREE roles in this episode! I was myself, at the beginning and end, I was the math teacher, Mr D, and the history teacher, Mrs. Hooterson.
Fun fact, my wig here is actual a piece cut from an owl plush toy, hence the name, Hooterson.
Any other questions about the making of this episode, ask us in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them! 🙂
Glad you guys liked this one, and I know, many of you are asking for a follow-up episode where we see Oakley and Sandy go on their date! Maybe one day we’ll make that happen, but for now there are only TWO episodes left in Season 2… So don’t miss ’em!
And don’t forget to vote for me in the People’s Choice Awards! A vote for me is a vote for Oakley, too, because I promise I’ll share it with him! 🙂
~ Keep studyin’,