Dogs in Training

 

* Please See Below For Profiles on Our Dogs in Training *

Our dogs profiles are up! This is still a work in progress and some dogs still need a bio added, but the majority of our dogs have their monthly update on their profile. Now that the page is live we will work on adding a current picture for each of them. Moving forward, all updates will happen on the profiles below. Thanks for the patience while continue to add this new feature to our website!

Little Angels Service Dogs can take up to two years before they are ready to give independence to someone with a disability, depending on the dog’s personality and what tasks they will need to perform.

Our dogs go through three phases of training.

PHASE I:

Each dog is placed with a foster who trains the dog daily and takes them on weekly field trips for public  socialization. Our dogs are only placed with fosters who have had extensive training from our instructors, with regular follow-up to ensure each dog’s success. Fosters keep the dog for a maximum of two months before bringing them back to our ranch for assessments. The dogs interchange between living with fosters and staying at our ranch to receive well-rounded socialization with the opportunity to be evaluated by our staff regularly. This is advantageous for the dog because it allows them to be loved in a family environment similar to the one they will be placed in with their handler, while also receiving professional training and kenneling. This helps prevent the development of problematic behaviors. While at the ranch the dogs work with our experienced staff, as well as trained volunteers, before returning to a new foster home environment. This process allows the dogs to live in a variety of home settings with several different fosters. The goal is to have the dogs experience everything from children, to cats, to traveling. Everyone’s home is different and our dogs get to experience it all. Before a dog graduates it has received a minimum of 600 one-on-one training hours by up to forty different trainers, fosters and volunteers.

PHASE II:

After a dog graduates from Phase I of training, they stay at the ranch while our experienced trainers complete their training for their future recipient. The loving volunteers say goodbye to their doggy-apprentice and bring them to live at the Little Angels Ranch full-time, where they receive lessons each day to perfect their advanced obedience and specialized assistance tasks.

PHASE III:

It is time for the Little Angels Service Dog to meet their new best friend, the person they were destined to help. This is a very exciting time – the disabled party has waited months, and sometimes even years to finally receive their companion. During Team Training both dog and handler learn to work together as a team. This is usually a two week process with lessons everyday. Before too long, they are as close as any two souls can be, with a lifetime of companionship before them.

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As you can see, there is a lot of work that goes into each service dog that leaves Little Angels. We rely heavily on financial support in order to provide these dogs. We are a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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Aiden

Aiden

DOB: 1/7/17
Chocolate Lab
Status: Hey guys! Wow time flies, I cannot believe it’s been so long since I’ve checked in  with you. There is so much to tell. For starters, I’ve learned that barking is NOT acceptable for a service dog!! Did you know that already? I just had to learn that!  So now, when you see me out in public with my trainer girl, Heather, you will know why I am not barking and woofing at you-it’s a BIG no no! Just remember, inside I am still happy to see you!  I also have very exciting news to share! Since we chatted last, I’ve started spending the nights at my trainer Heather’s house!  WOOHOO! I love Heather girl! Now we get to live together!  I thought this would be all fun and games and like a pajama party every night. Sometimes it is, but the truth is we have been working really hard and I’ve learned new “tricks” while staying with her!  One of them is “lap.” Sometimes teaching all us pups is hard work and the trainers need some cuddle time. When this happens, I come up to my Heather and rest my head on her lap for cuddles. Then when my Heather is feeling better, she will say “off” to let me know that she’s all better. I love this task! It is my absolute favorite! It makes my heart happy to know I am making Heather happy and that my furever person will feel good too.  I’m also learning to alert to my person’s seizures. My person sent in a scent sample to my Heather girl and we’re working with it every day. This is a very important “trick” for me to learn! The goal is to recognize that special smell around lots of other distractions. It’s been a bit of a struggle, but I’m pushing through. Did you know that right before my person has a seizure their body will give off a different smell?? I will know that smell so well that I can alert my furever person before a seizure starts and I will be able to help keep them safe!! Sometimes I cannot believe how important my job is!!  I cannot wait to meet my person, they smell wonderful. The sooner I get this down, the sooner my placement day will get here! I’m working really hard, furever person!! I love you already!

Adventures: Now that I live with Heather girl I get to go on so many adventures! Everywhere Heather goes, Aiden goes too!  Each adventure is also filled with learning how to perform all my “tricks” while I am being distracted by people, noises, cars, grocery carts, children, birds! Yikes! So many distractions when I am trying to work! But I am doing so well now!

Goals:  Even though I am getting closer and closer to meeting my furever person, I still have to have goals…Always. Have. To. Have. Goals.  Right now my goal is to recognize that very special scent EVERYWHERE! I can do this! WOOHOO!!! Check in again soon!  Love, Aiden (6/20/18)

Cora

Cora

DOB: 8/18/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hello everyone. I’m Cora. I am the most gorgeous of the breeding dogs here at Little Angels.  I’ve come all the way from the Ukraine with the very special job of making future service dogs. They are so happy with my beautiful self-they will not be able to believe all of the gorgeous puppies I will have to help our recipients! I’ve yet to become a mother dog, but let me tell you I’m so excited for the day I have my first litter. In fact, I have thought up some names that I think I’d like for them. Would you like to hear them? I can’t resist so I’ll tell you anyways. Lets just keep this between you and me for now…you never know what these training people are thinking.  Ssshhhhhhhhh!  For my daughters’ names  I’ve chosen Reya, Reagan, and Ryleigh. For my baby boys I like Rocket, Ryder, and River.  Aren’t these the cutest names?  In the meantime, even though I will not be a service dog, I’m still working with my trainer, Heather. I am learning lots of commands and learning how to have good manners. That way I will be well-behaved and beautiful for my breeding foster when the time comes. Hopefully by the next time I check-in with you all, it will be to announce that I have puppies on the way.  Love, Cora  (6/20/18)
April

April

DOB: 1/7/17
Chocolate Lab
Hi Everyone! It’s April! Time for another update. My girl, Isabel, and I have been working hard together. She keeps telling me she is so proud because I am not feeling as shy and afraid of everything. I do still get a little scared of random things when we are out in public.  The good thing is, when I do get scared, I don’t stay scared. Isabel says I “recover” each time. That is good because it means I will eventually learn that I am safe in this big world. I am doing a great job with all of my “advanced tricks.” Just a short time ago I was learning how to do many of them and each month that goes by  I am doing better and better!  One thing I am learning that I really do not like is going potty in public! Can you imagine? Someone tells you to “go potty” and you are just supposed to go-right there, while they watch you! No privacy at all. I am kind of shy about going potty. To be a service dog, you have to go potty when you are told. Isabel and I will have to work on this!

Adventures & Goals:  My big goals this month mostly have to be done while Isabel takes me on adventures! I like that because I love to go on adventures with my girl!  We will be focusing on making sure I stay focused and can do my “advanced tricks” in public. This means even when people are walking around, dogs are barking, cars go by, I have to pay attention to Isabel and do my “tricks.” That also means I have to work hard at not being a scaredy dog!  I have to be brave!  The other big thing I have to work on is learning to be more comfortable going potty with people watching me! Yikes. This will be tricky but I think I can do it!  Come check in again and see how this potty thing is going for me!! Love, April (6/20/18)

August

August

DOB: 1/7/17
Chocolate Lab
Status: I have VERY BIG news to share! I am no longer a “dog in training”  I AM A SERVICE DOG!!!  In April, I got to meet my furever girl! I love her so much and I am so happy to be hers! After two weeks of Handler Training at the ranch learning with Josh, my girl and I got to go home and start our new life together! We’ve been home together for a few weeks now and settling in. Did you know it takes some time to start working together as a team? There is so much to learn about each other-what tasks can I do that will help, when would she likes a “paws up,” when should I “get help,” and what kind of treats do I LOVE best, how I like my belly rubbed. The good news is….we are learning all of these things together and falling in love more every single day!

Thank you, Isabel, for being such a great trainer and for showing me how wonderful belly rubs are! I will miss you but you taught me so much to get me ready for this big job! Thank you, Josh, for taking me to live in your home too so I know how to work at the ranch, in public and in a home!

I am very happy to be starting this next chapter of my very important journey! Love, August (5/29/18)

 

Austin

Austin

DOB: 1/7/17
Chocolate Lab
Status: Hi Everyone. It’s Austin. I do not have a lot to say in this update! The reason?? I am continuing to be AWESOME!! I love training to be a service dog! This is the life I was meant to have! Learning new “tricks” is not work for me-it is just fun! I always want to learn more! I like to practice and get better and better at everything I do. I like to watch how happy I can make humans by working hard! I wish you could see my report card from my inmate trainers! It is amazing! Please keep your fingers crossed that while I get a little older and keep working that I stay right on track to go to my furever human soon!

Goals:  I have to work on “brace” a little more this month. Last week, I had a little bit of a struggle doing a good strong brace. But my skin was feeling a little itchy so I think that was the problem.  I cannot wait to get to work with our trainers at the ranch and go on lots of adventures so I can show them everything I have learned and let them help me keep doing great things in public. Come check on me again soon! Love, Austin (6/20/18)

Avery

Avery

DOB:
Coton de Tulear
Hi Everyone, it’s Avery! Since I updated you last time, I have moved back to the ranch! I had lots of fun at my foster home, but now it is time to start working with trainers. I am still considered just a baby in the big service dog world, but it is very important to start learning some of our “basic commands” and good manners while we are little. I am working on learning things like “sit” and “stay” and “wait.” Sometimes I am good at these “tricks” and sometimes not so much. But I am just a toddler and that can make it hard to focus. I also am working on getting used to “heeling” with a collar and leash. I don’t think having a collar on my neck that clinks is something I like very much. But it is still new to me so I will be patient and keep trying. Sometimes I see my friend, Frankie, not liking it much either. It makes me giggle that we both feel the same!

Adventures: Right now, all of my time is spent at the ranch. I do not go out on adventures yet. When I get a little older and learn some of those “tricks” I will get to go to places like playgrounds and stores.

Goals:  When you are still young like me, you have LOTS of goals to keep working on. I’m glad my trainer knows there is only so much I can do at a time and is very patient with teaching me. I am going to work hard at sitting every time I am told to and practicing “tricks” like “stay,” and wearing that collar.  Please check in with me soon!  Love, Avery  (5/29/18)

Bindi

Bindi

DOB: 10/1/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Bindi is one of the four English Creams that just arrived at the ranch from Ukraine. Bindi is extremely sweet and loves attention. As a result we are hoping she will make an amazing puppy mama! While Bindi is growing up our staff is training her on her basic obedience, but our hope is that she can become a breeding dog for us to help create many service dogs in the future! (2/28/18)
Cali

Cali

DOB: 1/13/17
Labrador Retriever
 Status: Cali has done great with training the last two months. She has been with a few different fosters and has spent some time with our trainers at the ranch at well. Cali has all of basic obedience down pat and has started to be introduced to advanced tasks. It is easy to see that Cali still has a lot of puppy in her, but we think she will mature more and more as she goes through her training. Cali is a very friendly lab, and while she focuses on her training, her urge to greet other people and dogs can take over.

Goals: We are going to teach Cali that she needs to remain calm when others are around and work on down stays. We think with some more structure she will progress very fast! (12/14)

Collette

Collette

3/30/17
Red Poodle
Status: Collette is a very silly poodle with an abundance of energy. She gets very excited to see new people and is extremely friendly. While we love this outgoing personality we are working on helping her control it. She understands her basic commands but has trouble keeping a down-stay and heeling because of her energy. Collette is currently being fostered and we are excited with how she’s doing in a home atmosphere.

Goals: We are hoping that with Collette being in a home she will learn to curb her enthusiasm and be able to respond to commands more consistently in public. She is a very happy-go-lucky dog and we have high hopes for her! (10/22)

Cory

Cory

DOB: 1/13/17
Labrador Retriever
Status: Cory has put in a lot of hard work the last few months and it has paid off! He is great with his basic commands and has an adorable personality. We are becoming more and more confident with him getting into public and love where he’s headed. Since the last report, he has done well to control his own energy, but he still has some work to go. Overall we are very pleased with his progress.

Goals: We plan to make Cory consistent with all his basics in public, and start to introduce advanced commands. If he continues to control him excitement level he will be in a great spot. (9/23)

Cyrus

Cyrus

1/13/17
Labrador Retriever
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s Cyrus! I have been spending time at the Prison Program with some of the other dogs from the ranch. We are all here learning to do “tricks” that will make life easier for  our “furever” humans.  I love to learn these tricks! Did you know that every time you practice a “trick” you get a treat?? I LOVE TREATS! Treats are so yummy! I keep hearing the humans say “Cyrus is very food motivated.” I don’t really know what that means. I just know it’s easy to learn “tricks” if you get treats!  I am very good now at doing all of my “basic tasks” and “advanced tasks” too-humans have funny words for “tricks!”  When I do a “trick” well it makes my human so happy that then I feel all happy too.   Happy Human + Treats=Happy Cyrus!

Adventures: At the Prison Program we go on adventures inside and outside of the prison. I’ve been going on a lot of adventures because suddenly I have started barking-a lot. OH NO!! I still am not sure why I am doing this now. Maybe I am nervous, maybe I like that sound that comes out of my mouth RUFF! or maybe just because I am a dog. I have to learn to stop making so much noise. I guess I will be going on lots more adventures.

Goals: Future service dogs have “goals.” We want to be the best that we can be.  I bet you already know my goal for this month…NO BARKING! I hope my humans can help me figure out why I like to make noise. Service dogs should not bark-especially in public. We are “dogs not robots” says the director lady, Katie. So it is okay to make a mistake sometimes. Barking everyday for a lot of days is not a mistake. It is a habit. A bad habit. I will try to stop! Please come back here in a month and keep your paws crossed that I can stop all this racket! Love, Cyrus  (3/19/18)

Dallas

Dallas

3/7/17
Golden Labrador
Status:  Hi Everyone! I am here with some VERY exciting news!! I AM A SERVICE DOG NOW!!! I am in the middle of my Handler Training with my very special human! I already love him so much! You might have seen a video of us working together on the Facebook page-he likes “recall” as much as I do!

I am very excited to start our life together as a team! I am busy getting to know all the ways I can help him and he is busy learning all of my commands and what kinds of treats to give me! Josh is taking us on lots of field trips  to show us what our life will be like together!

I am so happy I worked so hard and listened to all of my trainers! Heather, thank you for being patient and teaching me so much! Wish me luck on my new journey! I am so proud to be me!

Dawson

Dawson

DOB: 3/7/17
Golden Labrador
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s Dawson! I have been spending time training at the Prison Program with lots of different humans! I am doing really well with my training. It is very exciting to know that I am doing so fabulous. There are “tricks” called “basic commands” that were pretty easy for me to learn. Those are words like “sit” “stand” “come” “down” “wait” “touch” “under”-simple simple simple for me. I’m a really good listener so I think that’s why it’s easy for me to learn. I love to do “watch me” with humans that train me. I get to just stare into their eyes and I can see how happy that makes them feel. Because those “basics” were so easy for me I started learning the “tricks” that humans call “advanced tasks.”  Silly humans-advanced tasks are easy for me now too. I can “dial” special phones, I can open handicap doors by doing “button”  I can even turn “lights” on and off! I love to learn new “tricks” all the time! It makes humans so happy when you learn to do all of the things they try to teach you-and I get TREATS!! Humans and treats make me very happy!

Adventures: I like going on adventures. Some times I have to be reminded that I am not allowed to “ask” other humans to pet me or tell me how much they like me. But some humans just look like they want me to kiss them or touch them with my head. It makes them giggle and then I get a wiggly bum and tail. BUT, I am working hard not to do that. When service dogs are in public we can only pay attention to our “furever” human, not to other humans.

Goals: To be the best service dog I can be I have to have “goals.”  For the next month my “goals” will be, first, to make sure I remember not to beg humans for their food. I am doing so much better with this but sometimes that human food makes water come out of my mouth and makes me wish I could have a little bite. Did you know service dogs do not get to eat human food? Just treats and dog food. Second, I will keep practicing all of my “tricks.” Even when service dogs think they know EVERYTHING, we still have to practice, practice, practice so that we always remember the jobs we need to do for our “furever” humans. Even when we go to our “furever” homes we still need lots of practice. Please come back in a month and check in to see if I can stay away from that human food and maybe there will even be more “tricks” they teach me! Love, Dawson (3/19/18)

Denny

Denny

DOB: 3/7/17

Golden Labrador
Status: CONGRATULATIONS TO ME!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF MY TRAINERS! MOST IMPORTANTLY-CONGRATULATIONS TO MY NEW FUREVER HUMAN!!

I am so very proud to announce that all of my hard work and the hard work of all of my trainers has paid off! I am currently in the middle of Handler Training with my very special furever human! These are the best two weeks for me! We are working hard together and learning to be a team. I am learning how to help my human and she is learning what treats make me very happy!

Thank you to all of my trainers at the ranch and the prison program for not giving up on me! Thanks to Dana and Josh for letting me live in their homes so I could know how that works too. Special doggy kisses to Dana-I will miss you! Thank you for being you!

Love Denny  (5/29/18)

Dex

Dex

DOB: 3/7/17
Golden Labrador
Status: Hi Everyone! I know it’s been less than a month since I updated you last but, my goodness, things are moving quickly around here! I am very excited with the progress I am making! I am now alerting to my furever person’s scent! This is my most important job as a service dog! Now I will be able to help keep my person safe by letting her know each time she is going to have a seizure. Then she can get to a safe place. I am so proud! I also have been doing an amazing job retrieving a medicine pouch! This will be so helpful for my person. She will be able to count on me to be there with her medication when she needs it. I am so excited that I will be meeting my person very very soon! We will get to know one another, learn to work together and then go off and start our wonderful new life together!

Goals: Even though I am so close to being a real live Service Dog, I still have goals to work on. Isabel is making sure I stay focused and can alert to my person’s scent even if we are out in public or in a crowded place. Isabel is also working with me to always remember what order I do things to help my person best. When to dial, when to get the medicine pouch, when to alert.  Isabel is the best! She has taught me to be such a smart service dog! I love you, Isabel! Love, Dex(6/20/18)

Dove

Dove

DOB: 5/6/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Dove has quite the character for a young puppy! She craves attention and can sometimes act out when she doesn’t get it. We have been working with Dove on all of her basics as well as being polite and courteous. She has had success with most of her basic obedience, but sometimes will still struggle with being too energetic. Our trainers are working hard to help her contain herself during training.

Goals: We plan to get Dove closer and closer to being consistent with all basic obedience. Once she does better with these she will start getting into public on field trips where we will asses her confidence and ensure she’s on the right path. (10/22)

Dusty

Dusty

DOB: 3/7/17
Golden Labrador
Status: Dusty is our energetic boy from this litter and always seems to have more in store. Although he is always bouncing around when playing with his siblings, he does very well with concentrating during training time. Dusty is being fostered and we are excited to seem him continue his knowledge of basic commands

Goals: Socialization and Basic Obedience

Dylan

Dylan

DOB: 3/7/17
Golden Labrador
Status:  Hello friends! My name is Dylan!  I’m a student at Little Angels Service Dogs Academy. I am also fostered by one of my teachers (her name is Heather) there (that means I live with her at her house and get to go to the ranch with her everyday!) Doesn’t that sound so nice? It is really because I love Heather, BUT…it means I often have to do homework AFTER school as well. Can you imagine if you lived with your teacher?? Sometime she forgets to stop being a teacher.  Sometimes it’s “ruff” work, but the cuddles and playtime with my foster siblings are well worth it. My studies have been going well so far. I am very consistent with my “sit’s” and “down’s”. My “heel’s” are pretty good at school but sometimes on field trips I get too excited to “heel” perfectly. Oops! I will work really hard at this!  I learned a “trick” called “brace” a few weeks back, and now when I “brace” I get to wear this special service dog vest so I can better help the trainer stay upright. I can also do “paw’s up” for a long time now. I really like the cuddles that “paws up” gets me so sometimes I pretend not to know that “off” means I have to get down.  HAHA it’s a pretty tricky way to get more cuddles! Just don’t tell Heather!  I best be going now, it’s almost feeding time and I don’t want to miss out!

Adventures: Adventures and field trips are when we get to go away to special places to do some extra work with our teachers and make sure we can do all of our “tricks” even when we are distracted. Usually I do pretty good on these trips. However, yesterday I was REALLY excited on the trip! There were kids and noises from roller coasters and the smell of yummy carnival food!! Sometimes it was hard to “heel” and I kept going faster and faster to make Heather speed up with me. She didn’t like that much. I will work hard on that!

Goals: One of my goals that I am working on is remembering the difference between “push” and “pull.” I know these words mean different things but sometimes I get confused, but I am “pawsitive” that with Heather’s help I will get the hang of it soon!  Please come check in with me again soon! Love, Dylan (4/13/18)

Ellie

Ellie

DOB: 4/17/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Ellie is an adorable little retriever that came from our breeding program. She has just the right combination of sweet and sass! Ellie is still young but is currently out with one of our amazing fosters getting socialized and learning her basic commands. We can’t wait to watch this sweetheart grow up!

Goals: Continue socialization in public and become consistent with all basic commands.

Elliot

Elliot

4/17/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s Elliot from the Prison Program! I love it here! I have been very busy learning lots of new “tricks” with the humans that are here. They are so nice and spend so much time working to help us all be wonderful helpers to our “furever” humans. I’m getting more used to people and not feeling as shy and bashful as I used to. Sometimes a new person will still make me nervous but I feel better letting them touch me gently-especially when they give me treats! One of my “goals” from last time was to potty when the human tells me to and not just whenever I think it would be a good time. I’m doing really well with that now! I also know some cool things like “sit” “stay” “touch” “down” “paws up” and really a lot of other ones too. I heard a bunch of humans talking about me and they said “Elliot is a really fast learner! He loves to train and work hard!” It made my heart really happy to know that I am making the humans happy. I have also been learning some “tricks” that are a little harder to do. “Push” and “pull” will be great to know if my human ever needs help opening cabinets or turning on lights. I’m getting really good at these.

Adventures: The humans here are taking me on adventures where I have to see other people so I know that I am safe and I won’t get nervous. They also take me to hear loud noises! I don’t really like it but it is part of the adventure so I go. Someday those “trainer” humans will be taking me to big noisy places like the park and to stores so I guess it is smart to start with these little noise adventures here.

Goals: We get to think about our “goals” with our humans. We have decided I should probably try to remember that the humans are really in charge and I should listen to them when we go for a walk. Sometimes if I don’t feel like walking I plant myself on the ground and push my feet down so the human has to stop. I think I just try to remind them that sometimes I like to pretend I am in charge. They keep reminding me that is not correct. I will also work really hard on being brave with big noises-especially big truck noises. I am not sure why big trucks have to sound like that. Maybe they are trying to scare the little cars out of the way. I just don’t know but I will work on it. Please come back in one month so I can show you how well I am doing with these “goals.” I promise to try real hard so I can go to a “furever” human soon! Love, Elliot  (3/18/18)

Figgy

Figgy

DOB: 12/18/17
Bichon Frise
Status: Figgy is one of the newer members of our Little Angels Team and is still a very young pup. He will stay small in size even as he matures, and will go to a recipient that cannot have a large breed dog. Figgy is sweet and mild tempered and loves to snuggle in your arms. Because he is so young, his training has hardly started. He recently left with a foster family and will stay in their loving care for the next few months.

Goals: Our goals for Figgy are name recognition, being comfortable with a leash, learning to take treats, and learning sit and “watch me”. (2/28/18)

Frankie

Frankie

DOB: 12/13/17
Bichon Frise
Hi Everyone! It’s Frankie! This is the first time I’ve been able to give you my own update-last time the trainers thought I was too little to do it. I went to live with a foster family for a little while but have now come back to the ranch to work with the trainers. I really love it here! There are so many dogs here to play with. Now that I am getting bigger, I am expected to start “training” and learning “tricks” to help my furever human some day. The first thing I am working on is “heeling” with this collar around my neck. I don’t think I really like it much. I am hoping as I practice it, I will like it even more. It might be because I am still such a baby puppy that I would rather not have to do this. Time will tell. I am also learning “tricks” like “sit” and “wait.” When you are as little as me, everything takes time and lots of lots of practice. I’m glad my trainer knows that and thinks I’m cute!

Adventures: I do not get to go out on adventures yet. My manners are still a “work in progress.” You should have good manners to go in public.

Goals: Trainers like for all of us to have “goals” to work on to become Service Dogs. Sean wants me to work on things like, “stay” “watch me” “down” and walking with that collar around my neck. He really wants me to also work on being a good listener! Thank goodness I am such a cute little puppy! Please come back soon and check in to see how I am doing.  Love, Frankie (5/29/18)

Henry

Henry

DOB: 6/3/17
Labrador Retriever
Status: Henry has been growing and maturing very fast at the ranch! He has started full training and is even fostered with one of our trainers right now. He is still in the very beginning phases of working through his commands, but we love his temperament and personality! So far Henry is working on name recognition, watch me, sit and heel. He is also doing a lot of exploring and seeing new things!

Goals: We plan to get Henry to have an understanding of his basic commands and slowly start introducing him to new experiences. We are excited to have him in a trainer’s home so young! (11/16)

Jamie

Jamie

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Jamie! My siblings and I are all a part of the “Little Angels Prison Program” getting fostered by lots of different humans. This is very exciting because there are so many different people we get to “work” with and learn from. The rest of the J-litter (that’s what they call us all) can tell you about themselves. I want to tell you about me!  I am learning to do some very amazing things and I am so proud of myself! I love to “sit” “stay” “come” “down” “wait” “touch” I am a really good listener when my humans tell me these words!  I try very hard to always “heel”/walk right beside my human but sometimes when they tell me to “heel” I have a hard time listening-especially if I have to poop or if I see a bunny in the yard! I know I have to work harder to make sure I “heel” ALL of the time and I will-those bunnies are just so cute! I also really love when the humans tell me “paws up” and “watch me.” These two “tricks” make everyone happy-humans and dogs. “Paws up” is like a great big hug for everyone and “watch me” is like saying “I love you” with our eyes.

Adventures: Our adventures in the Prison Program are a little different from the dogs that live in a foster house to learn. We stay at the prison and we  get to go out to the yard (Yippee) and to the day room to meet other people living here. We also get to go to different rooms with different people to stay and learn new “tricks.” It’s all very exciting. When we go back to the ranch that’s when we get more adventures with our trainers-like stores and playgrounds and Sea World. Ahhhhh I love my life!

Goals: I guess we all have goals-things we will do to make us even more awesome. I will be working hard to keep “heeling” and NOT looking at those cute bunnies. I will also work hard not to whine in my crate. I do not do it all the time-just sometimes when I’m nervous or want attention. I’m also getting to know the word “place” When a human says that it means I go curl up in my dog bed while they have something to do. I like being next to humans but I will start going to my place too. In one more month I will be back to tell you how I am doing with all these “words” and “tricks” Love, Jackie  3/18/18

Jasmine

Jasmine

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Bio Coming Soon…
Jay

Jay

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi guys! It’s Jay again! Time for another update from “wonder dog!” I am still here in the prison program doing lots of work and learning so many “tricks” that will help my furever person!  At the prison program we get to switch things up by moving around and learning from different inmates. I like this because different people can teach me different things. The inmates like this too because it makes them feel good when I am happy to go with them. Someone told me they were glad I wasn’t “stuck like Velcro to one person” like some of my siblings!  HAHA! I like when I can brag that I am doing so well! I am also doing a great job picking up objects-even small ones like nail clippers, staplers and other things. Sometimes they ask me to pick up my bowl. I won’t. Not sure why, but I just don’t really want to right now. I think because I am so amazing at everything else, it won’t be such a big deal if I don’t like picking up bowls.

Goals:  Last month I was working hard on learning to “dial” and “push.” I will keep practicing but I am doing a great job with these now. I will also work on listening when they tell me to “wait.” Sometimes I do this and other times I do not. We have to learn to be “consistent” and do our “tricks” whenever we are asked-not just when we want to.  I will also work on being “consistent” with “get and give.” Same thing-sometimes I do it and sometimes I whisper “get it yourself silly human!” Please come back to my page in a month and see what else I have learned to do! Love, Jay (6/20/18)

Jean

Jean

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone…it’s me…Jean.I’m at the Prison Program with my brothers and sisters. I have been working really really hard on learning all of the “tricks” I need to know to help my special “furever” human some day. I think I work even harder than my siblings because…I am afraid…very very afraid.  There are LOTS of things that scare me in this huge enormous gigantic world. I do know how to do a lot of my “tricks” like “sit” “heel” “come” “stand” “down” “wait” “under.” Those are all called “basics” by the humans here. And believe it or not I even know how to do some of the “tricks” they call “advanced” like “push” “pull’ “dial.” But when you are always scared it can be hard to concentrate on doing your “tricks.” I often wonder things in my head. “What if someone comes up behind me while I am heeling?” “What if those jangling keys can hurt me?” “What if that human over there is a mean human?” It can be so scary. Lately, I have been getting a little more brave. The very nice humans that are trying to show me that I will always be safe moved me to a different part of this great big prison. Guess what happened when I got there? My sisters June and Jolie were there! I get to spend so much time with them everyday now! It makes my heart so happy and it makes me feel more brave.

Adventures: When I went on adventures in the other part of the building, it did not go so well. I was SCARED. I would NOT walk by those squeaky carts, I would not “heel” because a human might walk by me. I did not like being a scaredy-cat…OOPS “scaredy-dog!” Now I get to go on adventures with June and Jolie! They are very brave and are teaching me to be brave too! When we go for walks I get to be in the middle of them and I feel so safe having them around me. The best thing ever just happened a few days ago! You know those horrible squeaky carts that are so scary? June and Jolie convinced me to get on one and STAY on it while it MOVED!! Oh goodness! I was so scared but it ended up being SOOOO fun!  Then one day I got on the cart ALL BY MYSELF!  YAY ME and YAY to June and Jolie for helping me be brave! I love my sisters!

Goals: I am kind of guessing you know what my service dog “goals” are this month…Yep-BE BRAVE!  I am going to keep trying. I hope Jolie and June can keep being patient and keep helping me learn that I am safe. On the days I feel brave, I will work on “button” so I can open doors and “push” and “pull” so I can help my ‘furever” human in lots of ways. I think my favorite “trick” will be “paws up” so I can hug my human and always feel safe! Please come back and check on me in about a month and I’ll let you know how brave I’ve been! Love, Jean (3/20/18)

Jolie

Jolie

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Jolie! It’s been a couple of months since we got to chat about how things are going in the prison program! For Miss Jolie, things are going GREAT! Guess who gets called “Super Star?” Yep, ME!! All of my inmate trainers are so impressed with how well I am doing! Do you remember last time, I had to tell you about being afraid of loud noises and it had to be a “goal” for me to act brave? Well, now I AM brave! I don’t just have to pretend! I am doing a really great job with all of my “tricks” too! It is fun to do “tricks!” Humans get very excited! Their voices get really high and silly, they give treats, sometimes they jump up and down a little bit too! I love making humans happy! One day I even surprised the “prison boss trainer” and picked up her keys for her when she dropped them! She was maybe the happiest I’ve ever seen her!

Goals: Even when we get to a point that we are fabulous and doing all of our “tricks” really well, we have to keep working hard and have goals!  I will be spending the month doing my “advanced tricks” (that means the hard ones!) even better.  I will keep “pulling” cabinet doors open. I will keep doing “lights” so my trainer does not have to get out of bed. I will just keep listening and being the best girl that I can be. Love, Jolie (6/20/18)

Jordan

Jordan

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Jordan!  We (my brothers and sisters) are all at the Prison Program working/playing hard. I am kind of a silly dog because sometimes I like to listen to the “words” and do the “tricks” that go with them. When I do, all I hear from humans is “Jordan is so awesome!” “Jordan is doing amazing!” I am always awesome and amazing it is just that sometimes it is just a little harder for me to listen. I think maybe I get a little nervous and forget to “hear” what to do. Sometimes I get really excited too!  I can be great at “heel” “down” “touch” “inside” but then sometimes it is hard.

Adventures: Adventures at the Prison are fun. We get to go play in the yard and we can go to a big room called the “day room” and meet other people living in this big building. After we learn a lot of “words” and “tricks” we will go back to the ranch and have different adventures like grocery stores and movie theaters and museums.

Goals: So “goals” are things we (dogs) get to have extra time to work on. Sometimes it is something that is hard for us and sometimes it is brand new “words” and “tricks.”  I am going to be working hard on some of the same “words” I already know before we add new ones. I will be practicing to “heel” right beside humans, “stay” (sometimes I like to sneak around on my belly to peek at where my human went), and to “watch me.” I really do love to look into my humans eyes but sometimes I just forget. The best thing is while I work on my goals the humans are so patient and keep telling me it’s okay if it takes a little longer for me-they will not give up…I will keep working hard! Please come back in a month and look at how awesome I am doing! Love, Jordan  (3/18/18)

Joy

Joy

DOB: 3/7/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s me, Joy! So, I’ve heard a lot of people saying how great I am doing! This makes me so happy to hear! I do wish when they said it, they did not follow it with “I just wish she wasn’t so possessive and clingy.” What does this mean you ask? It means I love my trainer! I like my person. Why do I need to like other people too? I mean I like them just fine but I don’t want to go train with them. I’m fine where I am. Well, that is not the way it works in service dog world. We have to like to be trained by all different people so we get used to being comfortable with everyone. Do you know what they do to help with this problem?? Pass you around to help you get used to everyone! Sometimes it is not so bad. Everyone really wants you to like them best so they are extra nice to you, give you extra treats, play more, cuddle more. Hmmmm I could have it really good if I play my cards right! SSSHHHHH! Lets keep this secret between us for now!  On another note, I do great with all of my tricks. I especially love “vest!” This is when my trainers hide my vest and I have to find it! This game makes me so happy! All of my trainers play this with me because they like to see me happy! They say that I am a “sweet and mellow” dog. They all love me.

Goals: I have some goals the humans are wanting me to work on this month. One is the whole issue with loving my one human too much! I really don’t like when my human plays with another dog! Silly human!! I love you best and you should love me best!  I guess I have to work on sharing humans. I also have to work on making sure I am practicing my “tricks” like “push” “pull” “watch me” “wait.” I do know how to do all of these and I understand what they mean. I just have to remember to do them all of the time-not just when I want to.  Come back soon and check in with me! Love,  Joy (6/20/18)

Julian

Julian

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Julian. I’m checking in from the Prison Program. I’ve been up here with my siblings getting to learn a lot of “tricks” to help me be a fabulous service dog some day. I hear the humans telling lots of stories about me. They say things like “Julian is girl crazy!” “Julian gets distracted if there are girl pups in the room.” “Julian sniffs the floor too much if the girls have trained in the room before him.” Goodness, what do they expect? I’m a healthy young male pup. I LOVE the girls! They are beautiful! But okay, I get it…focus, focus, focus and not on the girls, but on the “tricks” I’m supposed to be learning. I can do lots of “tricks” really well-especially “sit” “come” “touch” “inside” “heel” “watch me” “paws up” and I can even do “down and stay” unless the girls walk by. Then it’s all over-I lose control, I pop right up and run to them. That is a BIG no no for service dogs!  Sometimes when I get that excited, I potty right there on the floor! Another no no!  Alright, back to the great things I can do…”push” to close doors and cabinets, “pull” to open doors and cabinets, and I am even learning “lights” to turn the lights off and on for my “furever” human.

Adventures: In the prison program we go on adventures out in the yard and in the big day room. I love to “take a break” and go out to the yard-especially if the girl dogs are out too-oops-focus focus focus! I also like to go on adventures because I get to be with other humans. Humans get very happy when us dogs are around. They start talking in really high voices and get all silly sounding.

Goals: We can all guess my “goals” for this month. Stay away from the girls. Do not sniff at them, do not follow them, do not get up out of my down/stays. This is going to be a tricky month for me. I know my human will also have me practice “light” and all of my other “tricks” but my focus will be to work really hard on not being distracted by the girls. Come back soon and I will let you know how I am doing! Keep your paws crossed!! (3/20/18)

Juliet

Juliet

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Bio Coming Soon…
June

June

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s me, June! My brothers and sisters and I are at the Prison Program getting to train with all these really great humans! We get to learn so may fun “tricks!” I am really really good at my “tricks!”  I know how to “sit” “stay” “come” “wait” “down” “under” “heel” so many “words” that my human will learn to tell me what they want me to do! I’m so smart that I also know how to “pull” doors open and “push” them shut with my nose! Want to know my coolest “trick” so far? I can turn the light switch on with my nose AND turn it off with my teeth! How cool is that? When my “furever” human is in bed they can just say “light” and I will know exactly how to help them! I’m pretty cool!

Adventures: A lot of the time I get to go on adventures with my sisters Jean and Jolie. The call us the J girls.  We go to places that have loud noises. I’m usually very brave but my sister Jean-not so much. So Jolie and I go with her to teach her that she is okay and she will be safe. Goodness! Sometimes I want to call her a “scaredy-cat” (get it? haha) but I don’t because that would make her sad. So we just keep helping her to be brave. We got to show her how to lay on a metal rolling cart-It moved-WHILE WE WERE ON IT! It was pretty fun! Jean wanted to jump off but we convinced her to stay!

Goals: I have to work on my “goals” to be a great service dog. Jean has to work on being brave around things. Don’t tell anyone, but I am really not so brave around some people-especially if they have on a mask or glasses. It makes it hard for me to see their face. I feel kind of scared. One night someone walked by our room with these loud keys jangling. I barked! OOPS! Did you know service dogs should not bark? I am going to work on that. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. Please come back and check on my in a month and I will let you know how I’m doing! Love, June (3/19/18)

Loki

Loki

DOB: 11/1/16
Terrier French Bulldog
Hi Everyone! It’s Loki! I hope you all had a good Spring! Things have been busy here at the ranch! I have settled in and have started doing “training” like all the other dogs. Sean (he is my trainer boy right now) wants me to work and learn lots of new “tricks.”  I am very good at my basic commands like “sit,” “stay,” “come,” “down,” all those easy things that good dogs do when they are told.  Learning new things is fun, but somedays I like to make Sean “work” to teach me new things. I don’t want things to be too easy for him.  Retrieving tennis balls is really fun! Somehow, Sean thought that meant retrieving a vest would be fun too? Not so much. Doesn’t he know, a vest doesn’t roll around? It just sits in one place and waits for me to pick it up. Not fun!! Sean wanted me to like this game so I decided to play a game with him-give me LOTS of YUMMY treats and I will get the vest for you! It worked!!!! Haha! Now he is really good at the “vest” game! He’s a smart boy! He says I am a smart boy too! Doing such a good job with my “training,” except when there are animal distractions around-oops! You can read more about that in my goals!

Adventures:  Sean has started taking me out on adventures now! I am going out in public and learning my good manners. I am working hard on getting used to all these places, people, smells, little critters! It is a very exciting world out there!  Did you know there is a place called Costco? It has to be the biggest store ever! We also go to a place called “Olde Town” There is a lot of noise, food, music, people. It takes hard work to have good manners at Olde Town. I’ve also been to a special place that has great big machines in it. Everyone there throws all of their clothes into a machine and it comes out soaking wet…I’m not sure why they do this,  especially because no one really looks happy while they are doing it. Silly humans.

Goals: I have A LOT of goals I’m working on with Sean.  He would like me to stop chasing chickens and cats! WHAT? He doesn’t understand I am trying to protect him! What if a chicken wants to peck his leg or lay an egg on his foot?! He would rather I pay attention to my “tricks” like “heeling” right next to him and doing “watch me” instead of “watch a critter.” Supposedly that’s not even a “trick!”  I will let him continue to believe he is the boss and I will really work very hard to follow his commands and learn only the “tricks” that will help my furever human someday. I promise to pay attention more!  Please check back in soon for more updates on how Sean is doing! Love, Loki  (5/29/18) 

Opal

Opal

DOB: 12/27/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s Opal! There has been a lot happening since we caught up last time! So, first of all…I am back at the ranch. I stayed with my foster family for awhile but now I am here to work with “trainers!” Doesn’t that sound so serious? It’s actually good-trainer boy, Sean, likes to work with me because I am so cute! I am definitely still a puppy that likes to play, run around and forget to listen, but I am doing so much better. I’ve learned “tricks” like “sit” “stay” “come” “heel” and “down.” These are all very important “tricks” because it shows good manners when you are a Service Dog! I just started to learn how to play fetch! Fetch can be fun but sometimes Sean can be bossy! When I get the ball I want to run and play and be silly! He wants me to fetch the ball and bring it back to him? He should really fetch it himself if he wants it, but NO!!! He makes me do all the hard work! He did try to tell me that some day, this game will teach me to do a “trick” called “vest” for my human. I will go get my vest and bring it to my human if there is medicine or a cell phone in it, or even if they have a hard time walking and just need to put my vest on me. I have to admit that all sounds pretty cool-I just hope Sean is not trying to trick me so I have to do all of the work! For now, I will believe him and bring the ball back!

Adventures: Right now most of my adventures are at the ranch. I am busy learning all of my good manners so that soon I will be able to start going out in public!

Goals:  I am going to start working hard at knowing there is a playtime and a worktime for Service Dogs. During “worktime” I will focus and listen to Sean. During playtime…hmmmm.  I am also going to start learning how to “heel” by my person even if I do not have a leash on. That’s tricky because I will have to remember, I can’t run away even though no one is holding me. We will also keep playing “fetch” with the ball and then try doing it with the vest too. So much work for such a fun loving puppy-good thing work makes me so happy! Please check back in soon for more updates!  Love, Opal (5/29/18)

Owen

Owen

DOB: 9/6/17
Golden Retriever
Hi Everyone! My name is Owen. I just turned 9 months old!  I am getting to be a big boy!  So, now I get to give you my own updates on how I am doing. I just recently moved to the ranch from my foster home. I loved my foster family! They taught me all of my “basic tricks” for becoming a service dog. Now that I am doing so well with those, it is time to come work with the trainers at the ranch to learn more “advanced tricks” to help my furever person some day. I love the ranch! It is very exciting here! Lots of people, lots and lots of dogs to play with, lots of room to run and play and really cool spaces to learn my new “tricks!” Best of all…LOTS OF CHICKENS!!! I love chickens!! They make funny noises, they walk in a funny way, they are just so silly looking! They make me not pay attention to my trainer girl, Isabel, very well! Even though she does not like this so much, she is so patient with me. We have lots of “chicken practice.” We walk by the chickens and Isabel says, “watch me!” Guess what I have to do? Watch Isabel. Guess who can’t look at chickens? Me. I do take a peek every once and awhile but Isabel is teaching me why it is important to pay attention when I am working. Laughing at chickens is for another time, not work time.  Isabel is also teaching me to be in a down stay longer than I am used to. When your furever person has to sit in school all day or has to sit at a job all day, you have to be ready to stay in a “down stay” right beside them! It is not okay to get up and walk around the office and visit other people or walk around the classroom to check on the other students and give them a lick when no one is looking.

Goals: Isabel likes to come up with goals for me to be a better service dog some day. Focus is a word she likes.  Owen needs to focus when he is working. That does not mean on chickens! It means focus on Isabel. She is pretty tricky and really smart. She has decided that when I focus I get TREATS!! I love treats! I love when Isabel gives me treats! I might like treats more than chickens!!! So now Isabel has a trick to get me to work-give me treats!! Come back soon and I will let you know how those chickens are doing-I mean how I am doing! Love, Owen (6/20/18)

Ozzy

Ozzy

DOB: 12/27/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone. It’s Ozzy. Guess what? Just like my sister Opal, I got to go to a foster human’s house on March 1st! I like being at a house. It is very different than the puppy bunk at the ranch. I am here to learn lots of service dog “tricks” to help a very special human some day. But for now…I am just getting used to this big huge world. I am just starting to learn that when the humans say “Ozzy” I am supposed to look at them. Sometimes I forget that Ozzy means ME! I think that is just because I am still such a little guy. There is also a word called “sit.” For a little bit, I knew that meant to put my bottom on the floor. Lately, I’ve been forgetting that too. It’s okay. I have lots of growing to do. My body has to grow, my brain has to grow and my attention has to grow. Did you know humans put this “string” on my collar and hold it and I am supposed to go where they go?? I like to go where I want to go. Silly “string.” No thank you. I love to be with humans all the time. They make me feel so happy and then my heart feels all squiggly! I’m so happy with my foster humans. I like how much they love me and my puppy ways.

Adventures: Right now my adventures are going on car rides with the humans. I’m getting better. I used to want my foster human to sit in the back with me. Now I let her go to the front sometimes. I can’t wait until I get even bigger and can go on adventures like restaurants and stores and playgrounds.

Goals: Little toddler service dogs like me have lots and lots of “goals.” The good thing is we have lots and lots of time to learn how to do all of the “goals and tricks” we need to do. And when you are as cute as me, humans do not mind when you forget what you are supposed to do. For the next month my “goals” will be to remember that “Ozzy” always means me! I will also learn that “string” they put on my collar is actually called a “leash” and I have to learn to walk with that hooked on my collar. I will also work on not barking or crying when those humans put me in my crate. Service dogs use crates for eating and quiet time and to sleep and to get some time alone. Hmmmm…so far I would rather do all of these things with humans, but I will learn that crates are cozy. Please come back and see me again in a month to see how much I have grown. Love, Ozzy (3/20/18)

Paisley

Paisley

DOB: 10/1/17
English Cream Retriever
Paisley is an adorable retriever that loves attention. No matter what she’s doing she will always come see you for some cuddles if you walk into the room. Paisley is another one of the four that was recently sent to us from Ukraine. She has a very loving temperament and we are hoping she will become a breeding dog for the company. In the mean time, she is enjoying her time at the ranch playing with her sisters and working with our trainers. (2/28/18)
Piper

Piper

DOB: 10/1/18
English Cream Retriever
Piper is an absolute sweetheart and we love having her with us. She came to Little Angels with the others from Ukraine and instantly won everyone over. She is currently being fostered with one of our trainers where she will hopefully be bred once she gets older. We have high hopes for Piper and can’t wait to see her mature! (2/28/18)
Ziggy

Ziggy

DOB: 3/30/17
Red Poodle
 Status: Hi Everyone! It’s Ziggy! Guess what?! After I left my foster family and went back to the ranch for awhile I got to come here to the “Prison Program” with some of the other pups from the ranch! Everyday I get to spend time with humans that are teaching me lots of “tricks” to help my “furever” person some day.  I can do great things like “sit” “stay” “down” “touch” “wait” “heel.” These tricks are actually pretty easy for me! I’m also learning really cool things like “push” and “pull.” Some day these “tricks” will help me open and close cabinets and refrigerators! Want to hear a funny story? When one of the humans wanted to teach me pull, I thought she was pretty silly. I didn’t really think that was something I wanted to do…UNTIL…she started putting the pull rope in HER mouth! WHAT?! Then she bit it!! Then it looked like she was about to eat MY treat! After she did this stuff 3 times, I finally gave in and just took the rope and MY treat and decided that “pull” was not so bad after all. Dear human-stay away from my treats please!

Adventures: Adventures are fun! There are special places inside and outside that we can go to relax, play and also do some “work.” Sometimes my adventures include going to other rooms that have humans who might feel sad or sick. That does not make me feel happy for them. I get to do this special thing called “paws up” and put myself onto their lap. Usually this makes them feel much better. One silly human did not want me to make her feel better and she told me “down” and “no.” I wasn’t a good listener and I kept touching her and pushing my head on her and guess what? She finally started laughing and hugging me. I have a special way to know when humans need a little Ziggy love to feel better.

Goals: We all have goals we are working on to make us better service dogs. I have a very BIG goal to work on. Even though I am so amazing with lots of “tricks” I am not so amazing at being left alone in my crate. YIKES! I try to tell those humans that I do not want to be left alone and they don’t always listen. I have no choice but to bark and bark and bark some more. Humans don’t really like that much. They tell me “No, Quiet!” So I stop barking-until they leave the room! Then I do it again. Sometimes they trick me and hide right outside the door- OOPS!  I will work hard at knowing it is okay to have a little time alone to relax and rest. RUFF!!  Please come check on my page in a month to see if I have finally stopped barking! Love, Ziggy (3/18/18)

Zoey

Zoey

DOB: 3/30/17
Red Poodle
Status: Hi Everyone! It is me, Zoey! I’m a DOG! A poodle DOG! That silly Isabel likes to call me a “social BUTTERFLY??” Really Isabel? I don’t have wings, although I wish I did! Could you imagine how many people and other dogs I could meet if I had wings instead of legs? Oh! I could visit everyone on the ranch whenever I wanted to! I LOVE people!  Even though I love people so much, I am getting much better at my “downs” and “stays.” I can do it for a longer time now-even when those people try to distract me! This is very hard for a happy social dog like me!

Adventures: Isabel and I are going on adventures together so I can practice my “tricks” with other distractions (besides my dog friends). I’m working hard on our adventures to listen and keep learning new tricks.

Goals: Isabel and I decided that this month we will have a very big focus on “tether.” I’ve been working on this for awhile and it is definitely  kind of tricky for me to get used to.  When your furever person has “Autism” our job is to help keep them safe. We do not want them to run where it is not safe. When we wear a tether it keeps us together and if I decide my person is going somewhere they should not, I can just sit down and not move-then they can’t really move either. It is a really cool “trick” that we do because we love our human so much and want to keep them safe. Tether can be a little hard for me.  I really do not mind wearing the vest and the tether, I just have to get used to having a person on the other end of my tether.  This is why Isabela and I will work so hard this month. I am going to LOVE having a person (especially my person) at the end of my tether! Love, Zoey  (5/30/18)  

 

 

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