The Following Dogs are Available for Placement in Approved Homes as a Pet

Each of the following dogs have had some training, but for one reason or another they are not suitable as service dogs. This means they can still go on walks with you through neighborhoods and parks, but they cannot go to public areas where pet dogs are not allowed, such as restaurants, theaters, shopping malls, amusement parks, etc.

The dogs on this page will be best suited as house pets. This is usually because their temperament would make the high level of reinforcement difficult as an assistance dog of any kind. Please keep in mind the standards to become a service dog are extremely high. More often than not the reason a dog does not pass is because it is displaying behaviors that any normal pet displays. These behaviors just aren’t acceptable for a service dog but are completely normal for a house pet. All of them are still extremely lovable and thrive on human affection!

Please Note: These dogs are not a good choice for those who wish to further the dog’s training and then take them into public as fully certified assistance dogs. If we believed there was any chance they could comfortably go into public with further socialization and training, we would continue working with them and would not release them from our traditional program. Dogs are all individuals and the dogs on this page have their own special talents and abilities, but comfortably navigating the public scene isn’t one of them.

Some of these dogs have had more than $20,000.00 invested in their training. To help recover a portion of these costs each dog has an adoption fee. Not only does this assist us in recovering our costs to continue the program, but it also shows the commitment and responsibility of interested adopters. Each of these dogs are very special and we need to ensure their positive futures.

Each adopter will receive a required minimum of two private lessons with their dog before bringing it home so the family may utilize the training the dog has received. Handler training sessions and support are included for the adopter and family and will continue for the life of the dog at no charge.

Please fill out the form below to inquire further. Thank you!

Coda Bo

Coda Bo

DOB: Approx 1 year old.
Mix Breed
Hi Everyone. It’s Coda Bo. I am so sorry to tell you that since I was adopted from the shelter, I have had to move on to a career change. I am really struggling because, I wanted to go on to be a service dog, but it is really hard work. There are so many rules. I didn’t mean to break the rules but sometimes, it just happens. I hope that there is a very special family out there that is just waiting for a dog like me. When you contact the adoption coordinator and fill out the application, they will let you know if we would be a good match. I hope to be part of your family soon…Love, Coda Bo
Coda is full of energy and loves to play.  He’s still very puppy like and is extremely food motivated.  At times, Coda’s energy and enthusiasm get the best of him and he cannot control his excitement.  Coda will need someone that is experienced with dogs and will do best in home without children or other pets.  Coda is crate trained and knows a variety of commands and tasks.
(03/02/2019)
Elliot

Elliot

4/17/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s me Elliot! Guess what I’ve been doing? Working hard! Really hard so that some day I will get to be a very special dog to a very special human! I know it has been awhile since I’ve checked in so you may not remember my “goals” from last time. Well, I sure do. I had to work on not picking up food that people would drop on the floor! Very tricky for me-human food is fabulous! But, TADA! I do not pick up food off the floor. Sometimes, it does make me drool but I still “leave it” like they tell me to. I also can turn lights on and off from all the way across the room now! Guess what else I’ve learned to do and gotten really good at? “Brace!”  This is when I stand up and hold my body tight and strong. Then a human can put their hands on my back and use me for support so they can stand up! How cool is that?!  AND I am also doing much better with new people-especially new men. They used to make me very nervous but not so much anymore. See how hard I’ve been working? That’s why it’s been awhile since I could send you an update! No time, I’m busy training!

Goals: Goals are things we all work on to get better and better at life. I will keep working on all my “advanced tasks” that the humans would like me to do. “Open” “pull” “push” all of these “words” will be able to help a furever human when I am a service dog. That is why I like doing them so much.  I like to help people! Come back soon and lets see how well I am still doing!  Love, Elliot  (6/21/18)

Jay

Jay

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi everyone, it’s Jay. We are all back at the ranch after doing lots of training in the prison program. We are settling in and remembering all of the things we loved about the ranch when we were just puppies. It’s such a lovely place to be. It makes my heart so happy to be back here.

The older I am getting, the more my personality is coming out. My trainer girl, Jen, knows just who I am and how to work with me. She calls me lots of words-she says I’m “more reserved” than my brothers are. She says I’m more “hesitant.” I’m not sure what those words mean. But then she says words I do know.  She says  that I am “so sweet.”  She makes my heart beat hard when she knows I need a hug or a gentle tummy rub. She knows I like to cuddle-she says I’m “affectionate.”  She knows that  I can be a really good worker and do my tasks, but that sometimes I just need a gentle person with me. I’m glad I have lots more time to work with trainer girl and get used to this very big world.  Love, Jay (12/05/18)

Jasmine

Jasmine

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
  Hi everyone! So a lot has been going on at service dog school. I just came back from a foster home that I loved. Now I am adjusting to being back at the ranch. I was very excited to see all of my siblings again. A lot of them have been working at the prison for the last year. I’ve missed them.

While I was at my foster home, I learned a lot of my tasks and I do them when my trainer asks me to. I’m very smart and at the same time I am so very shy and reserved. I have to take some time to get adjusted to everyone here and even to my siblings. WOW! There are a lot of us J’s. We have a lot of catching up to do.  Check back in and I will be able to share more with you. Love, Jasmine (12/05/18)

If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs please fill out the following form. This form will be sent to our adoption coordinator to ensure we can make the best possible match with one of our released dogs. You email will be added to a database and every time a dog is released you will be sent an email to gauge your interest. Thank you and we look forward to working with you!

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