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11-year-old dog trainer and her eight pups get the golden buzzer

September 13th, 2019

We’ve all witnessed some pretty cool dog tricks. It might even feel like we’ve seen it all.

We’ve seen dogs jump through hoops, rollover, and shake hands. But have you ever seen a doggy conga line before? Not many can say that they have but 11-year-old Alexa Lauenburger from Germany is showing us that dogs are capable of learning new tricks.

Lauenburger won Germany’s Got Talent (Das Supertalent) back in 2017. She’s returned to the stage in attempts to win Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.

Lauenburger is determined to be a world champion.

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“We want to be world champions and we will do everything we can to win again,” she shared in a video just before going on stage.

While many of us become overwhelmed at the thought of training just one dog, Lauenburger and her father train eight! That’s right. eight!

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Originally three of the dogs were for her to train but soon, her father began training them as well.

What makes Lauenburger’s routine so unique is that she doesn’t just let the dogs do everything themselves. Lauenburger performs some acrobatic stunts before and during the performance with her dogs to shake things up.

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Before her performance on BGT, it was clear that the stakes were high. Since she had already won one competition show, many watched to see if she could win another.

Her supporters sure thought so. They stood in an area sectioned off in the audience, holding flags and cheering wildly.

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Armed in circus attire, including a ringleader’s coat, Lauenburger leads the dogs through the routine. One by one the dogs perform their tricks.

The first couple of dogs jump through a hoop as well as Lauenburger’s arms. They jump through both with speed and precision. Really, if you blink you just might miss one of the jumps.

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Things pick up when the next dog comes out and chases Lauenburger around the stage on her two legs! As she does this, she looks to Lauenburger with her tongue out and a wide smile on her face.

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There’s no doubt that this routine took a lot of time but they make it looks so effortless.

What makes Lauenburger’s performance stand out from other animal performances is that it looks as if the animals consistently hit their cues. This can be a nightmare for someone whose pets are less focused.

There is even a point during the routine where two dogs stand and dance with each other just as humans do. Fittingly, the audience cheers.

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She takes things a step further when she trains two other dogs to perform a crisscross jump over them.

Perhaps the most exciting trick came at the end. Each of the dogs lined up and aligned themselves in a conga line starting with their leader, Lauenburger.

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It’s astonishing.

Lauenburger received a standing ovation from the judges and the audience.

Hosts, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were so impressed by the performance that after they briefly greeted her onstage after, they ran to the judge’s table to solidify her place in the competition.

“There’s only one thing to do,” they repeated in unison.

They each put their hand on the button and pressed the golden buzzer, releasing gold confetti into the air.

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Lauenburger is so surprised she begins to cry as the stage becomes covered in the golden strips.

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Lauenburger is now a guaranteed participant in the finals, making her one step closer to her goal of becoming a world champion.

Lauenburger proved to everyone that you can indeed teach a dog new tricks.

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You can watch Alexa Lauenburger’s performance below!

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