|Busy Bee Dogs|
|Age (at audition)||14, 35|
The founders of Busy Bee Dog Productions are a husband and wife team who enjoy working with pets to educate children and the canine loving public. The couple met at a disc dog competition. To this day, the Maeders credit their first two dogs for bringing them together. Currently, the Maeder family consists of of Herb, Lana, 2 young sons, 7 dogs, 2 horses, 1 mini horse, 1 goat, and 1 cat who all coexist on their well suited, 45 acre ranch in Northern California. Lana and assistant Anna Griffith auditioned.
Lana Maeder is the head trainer at Busy Bee Dog Productions, having studied for 5 years at California Polytechnic State University where she majored in Animal Science with an emphasis in Equine Behavior Modification. Upon graduation, she found that the "horse whisperer" methods used to train horses applied to easily to dogs with great success. For the past 16 years, expert animal communicator, Lana Maeder has been amazing crowds with her live pet shows. Her strengths lie in her dedication to working with animals to accomplish incredible tricks and stunts, in addition to finding the right combination of comedy and crowd appeal to provide world class entertainment. Whether the performances are live or prerecorded, Lana embraces each challenges with a smile.
Herb Maeder serves as Technical Support for Busy Bee Dog Productions as well as animal wrangler, Herb holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis. He comes from a technical background specializing in hardware and software design, implementation, and mass production of consumer electronics. Herb enjoys working in start up and small company environments and is known for his determination in bringing success to businesses and related products. He is currently telecommuting from home and is working for various high tech companies. 1
Busy Bee Dogs' audition in Episode 303 consisted of dogs catching frisbees and performing other tricks. David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne, and Piers Morgan all buzzed the act 15 seconds into the routine. At least two judges voted "No", eliminating the group from the competition. The audience booed the judges decision to X the act but when the show aired, it was edited to show the audience booing and then the judges X-ing the act.