Dogs in Training

 

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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: Squirrel!! Squirrel!! Oh hello, sorry I thought you were a squirrel. My bad. Want to scratch behind my ears? YES! That’s the spot! Right there. Hey, thanks buddy! Oh, my name is Aidan by the way. I’m a lucky pup. I’m in school to become a service dog and I’m really really good at it! Recently I’ve only been doing light training sessions and walks around the ranch though. The trainers say I “lost my balls??????” I don’t know what that means except that we aren’t able to play fetch right now. This is a very important part of the
“tricks” I do so I’ll be happy when I can play again!  One of my favorite “tricks” I get to do now is this super fun game called “Down and Leave it.” My trainer (her name is Heather) told me “down.” When I laid down she put all these colorful toys around me AND put this silly thing on my head that looked like bunny ears???  Then she said, “leave it!” Do you know what that means?? I am NOT allowed to touch any of the toys-not one-not even with my nose!!! HEATHER?!? WHY?!? This is so hard (well not really for me because I’m really good at “tricks”)  but still bunny ears? Leave it? All I know is this “trick” made Heather so happy!  She is such a silly human-that is why I love her and do whatever she wants me to!  They say I’m famous because they showed this “trick” to people on Instagram.  I also learned a new “trick” called  “dial”. Heather puts a big yellow button on the floor and when she says “dial” I go and push the button with my paw.  I’m getting REALLY good at it! I ran all the way across the classroom and pounced on it, then came back to Heather and did a “sit, watch me”. I got the most yummy piece of hot dog for it! YUMMY!!  Do you know what this “trick” is for? If my human has an emergency and cannot get to the phone to call for help…I can do it!!! Isn’t that so awesome? It will make me feel so good to be able to help my human in such a special way.

Adventures: I love to go on adventures and get to see what is happening in this big world away from the ranch. There is so much to see and do out there! Did you know that even when we are on our adventures to stores and parks we have still have to do all of our “tricks” that we are working on at the ranch. Learning to be a Service Dog takes lots of practice.

Goals:  Well, all future Service Dogs have to have goals. It’s a have to in our world. Heather says my goals include working on “watch me” while I am “heeling.” That means when I am walking right beside my person, whenever they say “watch me” I have to look up at them-while I’m walking-even if a Squirrel is walking by! I am not allowed to say “hold on a minute I’ll look up at you soon.” NOPE! I have to look when the human says “watch me.” I also have to work really hard at not getting distracted when I am working and other dogs are around me! Sometimes I just want to go play instead of work. I know that Heather will keep helping me remember what to do! Please come back and check in on me again soon! Love, Aiden (4/13/18)

Cora

Cora

DOB: 8/18/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Cora recently arrived to our Little Angels Ranch coming all the way from Ukraine! We brought her, along with three others, in with the hopes that they will be the newest addition to our breeding program. Cora is very sweet and sensitive. She needs a lot of attention and loves to be pet! While we let the girls mature a bit they are being trained to learn their basic obedience. We absolutely love Cora! (2/28/18)
Apollo

Apollo

DOB: 6/21/16
Golden Doodle
Status: Hi! I’m Apollo and I love to play! I’m a goofy Golden Doodle and have decided the service dog life isn’t my thing. I do enjoy training, but I get very distracted, and would prefer to have fun in stead! I’m not very good at being serious. I also LOVE to play, but sometimes I like to play a little too much and annoy other dogs. My home should probably be dog free. Sometimes when I get a little too excited my body gets very hyper, so I shouldn’t live with small children either. I love to have a firm handler, and am very devoted to my pack leader. I would be great for exercising and would love going on hikes! My trainers first hint that I wasn’t cut out for a service dog was the fact that I sometimes give off a low growl when nervous. Loud noises sometimes spook me too. I would be perfect in a home with a yard and parents that could play with me throughout the day!

Adoption Fee: $2000.00

April

April

DOB: 1/7/17
Chocolate Lab
Hi Everyone! It’s April! I have been hard at work over the last few months and wanted to take a few moments to update you on my amazingness! I am so proud of me! I am so great at listening when my foster human tells me to “sit” ” wait”  “come” “stay”  “touch.”  I also love to “heel” right next to my person or to stare into her eyes when she gives me the “watch me” command. It makes my heart feel like a butterfly. I’m really good at “paws up” too-I think because that also makes my whole body happy.  When I get to “get it/bring it/give it” it is SO much fun! And guess what? I’m good at that too! It’s like I get to play ball, retrieval and run around and be happy all at the same time. When I work for my “furever” person this command will help me help you by bringing you my vest if it has medicine in it, or if you need me to bring you something from across the room. It will also be such a fun game for us to play together when I get to “take a break!”

Adventures: I’ve been so busy going on so many adventures! I get to go to college all the time! So fun exploring this big world. Then when my human has to “sit” and listen I get to lay down and sleep on her feet. We get to take the bus together a lot too. I like the rumbly feeling on my tummy when the bus moves-it puts me right to sleep! I also get to go downtown shopping in lots of stores. There is so much to see while my human shops!

Goals: My human is telling me that even though I’m doing so awesome at my commands, there are still some things I have to work on. I guess they want me to be more awesome than I already am. So now I will be focusing on doing this thing called “stand.” First they tell me “down and “stay” and I do that. Then all of a sudden “stand!” Wait! Why did you tell me down if you want me to stand? Oh well, I will start standing when I’m told so I can get to my “furever” person sooner. I’m also not supposed to go potty when I get really excited. OOPS! Sometimes it’s so hard when I am happy to see someone! I promise to keep working hard on my “goals!” I will try to check back in next month to continue telling you about my story!

Love, April

3/18/18

August

August

DOB: 1/7/17
Chocolate Lab
Status: Hi Everyone-especially future recipients! Happy Easter and Passover! I’ve been very busy at the ranch with my girl Isabel.  She is the best! I love training with her. She teaches me lots of really cool “tricks” that will one day help my human! And the best part is…she knows how much I LOVE BELLY RUBS! When I do great work I get treats of course, but Isabel is the best belly rubber around! This month I have been busy working on doing my “tricks” with “words” or hand signals! Guess what?! I can do both! Yes, I am that good! Isabel has words and hand signals for each “trick” and I have learned that a word or hand movement can mean the same thing! Do you know why that is important? What if my furever person is in a meeting with me and it is very quiet, I decide…Hmmmmm I’m kind of tired of laying down right now and I stand up. It would be a little disruptive for my person to interrupt the meeting to say, “August, down.” Instead, my person can get my attention and move his/her hand in a certain way and I will know I am supposed to lay back down and be really quiet while the meeting is going on. No words will have to be spoken. Pretty tricky, huh? I’m getting really good at knowing ALL the hand signals! Guess what else I’m really good at? Retrieving my vest! That Isabel is so silly! She tries really hard to make this game harder and harder, but I can always find my vest no matter where she hides it in the barn! When my person needs their vest because it might have their medicine or cell phone in it, I will be able to run and get it no matter where it is in the house. This is a really fun “trick” because it’s almost like playing hide and seek! I am a good seeker! I’m going to share a little secret with you…my favorite “trick” to do is called “paws up” or I also hear the humans call it “DPT.” I get to put my paws up on my humans lap and push my weight on them. It feels like a big huge hug for us both. Isabel lets me “paws up” on her a lot. I love her!

Adventures: Isabel and I have been going on lots of adventures. It’s how those humans figure out if we can do all of our “tricks” even when there are a lot of people around or if we are in a new place. Sometimes these places are loud and noisy like parks and playgrounds and other times we go to places where I should be quiet and stay in a “down” and “under” while Isabel drinks a coffee or has a sandwich. My job is to lay right under her chair or the table and be really quiet-never, ever am I allowed to gobble up any food that might get dropped. That’s not good service dog manners.

Goals: So, every service dog has to have goals so we can always do better things for our human. Isabel and I are adding new “tricks” for me when we are in public now. She has been putting a harness on me so my human can use me to “brace” if they have a hard time with balance. So far, I am doing really well with the harness, but we will still keep practicing it so I can get better and better. We are also learning a REALLY cool “trick” so I will know my human’s scent. The trainers call this “scent training” I call it smelling my human and getting to help them when they need it! I am also doing really well at this “trick.” I am wondering if I am going to be placed with a furever human soon because my Isabel has trained me to be a really really good worker. Please come check in again in a month and Isabel and I will tell you how I am doing!  Love, August (3/30/18)

Austin

Austin

DOB: 1/7/17
Chocolate Lab
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s Austin! It’s been a long time since I’ve had an update so I have lots to share! First-I’m a “rock star!” At least that’s what the humans at the Prison Program say! I LOVE when they say that! I’ve been here at the prison training with some of the other dogs from the ranch. I really like it here! So many nice humans to help us with our “tricks!” I am super amazing at doing things like “sit” “heel” “come” “stay” “paws up” “touch” “inside” “down.” I’ve heard the humans say I have “the best down/stays EVER!” The list of my amazingness goes on and on! I can also do some pretty fancy “tricks” like “dial” for a medical phone, “push” for cabinets, “button” to open doors and I’ve just started learning “lights” to turn lights off and on! I just need to say it one more time-Rock Star! Even though I love to say and hear that I’m really great , I really do remember that I have worked so hard to get here. It takes a whole lot of work to be a special service dog! Sometimes we slip and forget to do something or decide we are too tired to do something,  but then we remember what a special job we have and that makes our hearts so happy.

Adventures: Now that I’ve grown up and learned so much, adventures are fun! I get to go to the yard outside and hang out with some of the other dogs working hard and I get to visit lots of humans. In the day room, I get to be with my human and some of the other people she visits with. The other day my human put me in a down/stay and the humans around were talking and laughing and some would say my name. I “rocked it!” said my human! 15 minutes and I stayed right where I was supposed to be! Go Me!!

Goals: Even when you are awesome, you still have to have “goals” because we can always be better! I am going to spend more and more time working on “light.” Sometimes if the wall is very slippery it can be tricky to stay up long enough to get the light turned off or on. Our paws can be very slippery and then slooooowly we start going…down the wall. I really like to learn new “tricks” so I am hoping in the next month I will be learning more really cool “tricks” to share with you!  Love, Your Awesomeness!!  HAHAHA Just kidding… Love, Austin (3/20/18)

Avery

Avery

DOB:
Coton de Tulear
Hi Everyone, it’s Avery! I’m at my foster human’s house now.  I’m trying really hard to settle in and learn some new things, but my goodness! This is such a BIG world! I feel so tiny next to everything. There are a lot of things for me to explore and get used to. Right now I am working on knowing that when my human says “Avery” that means ME! He is talking to ME! Avery! I like that word.

Adventures: I’ve been going on a lot of adventures with my foster human. I really like going to restaurants and watching all the humans. I went to my foster grandma’s house and I was really a good puppy. I went to a friends house and peed on the floor-OOPS! I don’t think I’m supposed to do that. I will work harder. I can’t wait to get to go to some more places and see this big world.

Goals:  I guess dogs like me (very special dogs that will have very special humans) get to learn lots of words and “tricks” to help our “furever” humans one day. Even though I am tiny and will always be small, I am mighty and will work hard for my human!  Right now I get to practice walking on a leash, learn how to take treats out of a hand, and learn how to sit and “watch me”. I will work hard and will be back in one month to tell you more about my amazing adventures. Love, Avery  (3/18/18)

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!  You can call me Dallas, although my trainers often call me “Good Boy!”  I’m pretty sure I’m going to be the Valedictorian of my class for Service Dog school!  There are lots of things I’ve been learning there, and  I’ve been acing all my tests so far. WOOHOO!! GO ME!!  This week a lot of time was spent tugging a rope and jumping on a door.  Each time Heather said “pull” I tugged this rope and helped her open a door so we could go into the next room. Sometimes though, Heather would try to trick me and would say “push” and that means to jump on the door and then it would  close. She really couldn’t trick me-I know the difference between those words now-remember-possible Valedictorian right here!  I love Heather because every time I listen when she says  “sit”, “down”, “stay”, and “watch me”  I get jerky treats! I love jerky treats-almost as much as I love Heather, but not quite! I also discovered that if I walk right next to my trainer (this is called “heel”)  without leading (that means taking her for a walk!) or following her (that means I walk behind her and she can’t see me look at cats or squirrels), I earn yummy rewards and she tells me I’m a “very good boy.”  When you read all of this, don’t you feel like I should already be a service dog?  I feel I should already have graduated service dog school because of all the “good boy’s” I hear. I am hopeful that some day soon I will get to meet my furever human!

Adventures: I love adventures! We get to go to stores and movies and restaurants to practice all of our “tricks.” Sometimes we can do our “tricks” really well at the ranch but then when we get out in public there are so many distractions-children, cars, food, smells, loud noises. It can be really hard to remember to listen to our trainers. (Not so hard for me, of course!) We have to make sure we can do all of our “tricks” no matter where we are!

Goals: Because Service Dogs always have goals there are still more things to learn, so I will keep going to class. Plus, the yummy treats I get make all the hard work worth it. Some of the Senior pups at school told me that soon I will be learning “brace”, “vest”, “lights”, and “door” so hopefully after I learn all these “tricks” I can wear my cap and collar across the stage. Please come check on me soon! Love, Dallas (4/13/18)

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: Denny has been working hard in our prison training program, but similar to when he left the ranch, he is still timid. He is one of the sweetest dogs and loves to make you happy, but he takes a little longer to pick things up than his other siblings. He is extremely cautious and gentle which sometimes makes him slower to learn a new command. He is consistent with all of his basics and is starting to learn his advanced commands.

Goals: We are hoping to get Denny out into public with trainers to build his confidence, into hospitals to visit patients, and continue his advanced commands. (11/16)

Dex

Dex

DOB: 3/7/17
Golden Labrador
Status: The vote is out and so far Dex is the litter favorite at our prison program. He has turned into a beautiful dog and acts like he knows it! He is almost too smart and keeps having to be given new tasks to learn to keep him busy…such a smart pup! Dex is consistent with all his basic obedience and the majority of his advanced commands as well. Dex has even been alerting when one of his trainers has low blood sugar!

Goals: Dex has a little too much energy around his brothers, so we are helping him control himself around other dogs. (11/16)

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
Frankie is a new pup in training and we got him with his brother, Figgy. He is more confident and sassy than his brother, but still extremely adorable. While Frankie is a little more outgoing, he is just as likely to fall asleep in your arms and cuddle all day. We have high hopes for Frankie and are excited to see how he does as he matures with his foster.

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

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 Everyone! It’s me- Jay! I’m here at the Prison Program learning lots of cool “tricks” to help my “furever” person one day.  So, I want to be honest, but don’t get the wrong idea about me…I AM AWESOME! I am doing amazing with my “tricks!” I know “sit” “down” “heel” “come” “inside” “wait” “watch me” “touch.” Sometimes when the humans tell me to “stay” I do this really silly thing-I pretend the humans can’t see me and I lay on my belly to move across the room. I heard a human call it an “army crawl.” I really know I shouldn’t do this but sometimes I just can’t help it!  I just want to know what my human is up to. I don’t do it all the time and  I’ll stop soon-I don’t want to promise that I’ll stop right away (because I know I won’t)  but I will when I’m ready.  Goodness!  I am doing so well I am even learning to do a “trick” called “push” (I get to push lockers closed with my nose!) Someday I’ll be able to close my human’s cabinet doors with my nose.  Guess what else I’m learning…”dial!”  I will be able to dial a very special medical phone to call for help if my human ever needs me to! Now you see why I think I’m so awesome! I just love to learn and I feel so happy when these humans teach me new “words” and “tricks!”

Adventures: I love going to the yard to play with my brothers and sisters. Sometimes it rains and then we play in the big day room. I have been going to work with my human and I do a really good job doing “under” at the desk.  I’m very excited to go on more adventures with those “trainers” at the ranch. I think they will take me to the park, and to the grocery store and restaurants too.

Goals: Even though I am so amazing with my “tricks” I still have to have “goals.”  I am going to keep working hard at learning to “dial” and “push.” I just started learning “pull” and I know with more practice I will be pulling open cabinet doors and refrigerators  in no time! And of course, I will be working on stopping the “army crawl” to check up on my human. Please come back to my page in a month and see what else I have learned to do! Love, Jay (3/18/18)

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! I’m here to tell you how life at the Prison Program is going! I am doing very well! I like training with the humans here. They teach me lots of fun “tricks” to do for my “furever” human.  I am really great at doing the “tricks” that the humans call “basic commands.” I can do things like “sit” “come” “stay” “wait” “touch” “watch me” “paws up.” These all make me really happy because my humans get so happy when I show them how smart I am. One night at dinner I was being such a good girl under the table while my human was eating. Did you know service dogs should never beg or eat up food that drops on the floor? I know that because I am very smart.  Well the other humans at dinner kept calling me and telling me “come!” I did NOT listen to them! I stayed right where I was like I was supposed to. My human was SO happy! She was laughing out loud and telling those other humans how smart Ms. Jolie is! It made my bum wiggle a little bit with happiness when she said that! I also love learning the “tricks” called “advanced tasks.” I can “push” things closed with my nose. I can “pull” things open (like cabinets) if there is a rope tied to it!

Adventures: We have adventures everyday at the Prison Program. We get to go in the yard with other dogs and play and visit with other humans. I like adventures but sometimes I still get a little scared. One time a human in the yard was feeling upset and her loud voice made me feel kind of scared. Another time I went on an adventure and there was this big metal thing that was squeaky when they pushed it. YIKES! I wanted to block my ears! I had to just keep walking, though. That’s what service dogs do. But, most adventures are really fun!

Goals: To be a really great service dog, we all have to have “goals” that we work on to make ourselves better. I am going to keep working hard on being brave with loud noises. I think when I hear them more and more I will start to not feel so afraid. It’s important for service dogs to be brave and not get scared when we go into public with our humans. Please come back and see my page in a month and I will tell you have brave I have been and how I keep working to be such a good service dog! Love, Jolie (3/19/18)

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! We are all here at the Prison Program learning all kinds of “words” and “tricks” so that one day we will get to go do amazing work for our “furever” humans. It’s very exciting! Right now, I have been working on “down” “stay” “come” “paws up” “touch”.  I’m very good at listening to these words-most of the time! Sometimes I feel a little tired and would rather curl up in my “place” or in my crate. Sometimes I hear the humans say things like, “Joy, is really sweet. Joy is low energy and likes to cuddle.” I am working on getting my rest so that I will have lots of energy to do my training. Just the other day my human told me “down, stay” and went to do laundry (I stayed right outside the door). Lots of other humans were calling to me and trying to get me to “come!” They were trying to trick me and see if I would be a good girl and “stay” like my human told me to. HaHa-I did perfect! I stayed right where I was until my human said “Joy, come!” Everyone was so excited! They were giving high fives and telling me “Joy! You did great! Joy! You are such a good girl!” Humans are so funny when they get excited!

Adventures: Here in prison we get to go to the day room and meet more humans and “take a break” to play! We love to play! We also get to go outside to the yard and run and play.  When we move back to the ranch with the other humans called “trainers” we will go on more adventures like the beach, and to big pet stores (yay! I hope they buy yummy treats!)

Goals: I guess everyone has “goals”-even humans talk about goals. My goals are to remember that when a service dog “heels” we are supposed to walk right beside our humans. Sometimes I get a little slow and walk behind my human. Sometimes it is because there are a lot of cool things to look at and other times I just feel sleepy. I will work on this goal.  I will also work on “get it and give it” Sometimes I want to tell my human “I think you can get it yourself” but that would probably be naughty  so I go get it-slowly. Haha they would like me to be faster so I will start doing that too. I also get to work on a really fun “word” and “trick!” When my human says “watch me” in a happy singy voice I get to stop what I am doing and just stare at their eyes. This “trick” is easy (because I can sit or lay down while I do it) and it makes me feel good inside! I think that feels like enough work for me for the next month. I hope it doesn’t make me too tired. heehee. Please come look here again in a month to see how I’ve been doing. Love,  Joy (3/18/18)

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 Future Recipients! I’m Loki and I am new to the ranch! Guess what?! Little Angels rescued me from a shelter and brought me to the ranch to try to learn how to be a service dog and help a human! I am very excited and so happy to be out of the shelter and at a place with so many dogs and humans that love dogs and teach dogs really fun “tricks” AND give dogs TREATS when they do “tricks!” I LOVE treats! I love attention too! I have a lot to learn because I am the new dog at the ranch! The good news is…I love to learn, I am a good listener and I actually like learning all of these “tricks.” I am just starting this whole thing that humans call “training” so stayed tuned….

Adventures: Right now by biggest adventure is adjusting to this new place I live and all of these other dogs that live here too. There are also lots of humans to adjust to as well. Some day I bet I will get to go on the adventures in a car to the playground or movies or Costco too!

Goals: I have soooooo many goals right now! So we will take it slow and only focus on a few to start. First up…learning “basic commands.” These are the important “words” trainers say like “sit” “down” “stay” “come” that we have to learn to do every time they say it. Please come back in a month and check in to see how I am doing with these “basic commands” and how I am adjusting to life at this beautiful ranch they brought me to. Love, Loki PS…the humans will post a picture of little old adorable me very soon! (3/30/18) 

Opal

Opal

DOB: 12/27/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s Opal! Guess what?! I moved away from the ranch to a foster home. This is such a fun place to be! I’m so busy learning so many words here. I’m really a good listener when my humans tell me to “sit.” It makes me giggle when I see how excited they get when my bottom goes on the floor! heehee! They are teaching me A LOT of new words. When they tell me the word, I am supposed to do a “trick” for that word.  Some of those words are “down” “come” “inside (my crate)”   Sometimes I do these things when they tell me to. Sometimes I do not listen very well. But that is just because I’m only a toddler and that’s the way we are. I will start listening more when I get a little older and can remember what each word means. I wonder if my brother Ozzy is acting like a toddler with his foster family too!

Adventures: One of the really great things about being with my foster family is now I get to go to work with them all day. I like to lay down and watch them listen to their “tricks” that other humans tell them to do!

Goals:  I am going to keep working hard while I learn all about this big world out there! I am going to start listening when my humans say “Opal!” That means they want me to pay attention. I also get to start walking on a leash and learn how to take treats (yum!) I guess there is a special way for Service Dogs to take a treat from a human-who knew?  I am excited to learn how to stare at my humans’ eyes when they say “watch me”. I like how happy their voices sound when they say it and I look right at them!  In the next month I will be very busy learning lots of things. Please come back and check in to see everything I learn. Love, Opal (3/18/18)

Owen

Owen

DOB: 9/6/17
Golden Retriever
Bio Coming Soon…
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 am back at the ranch and working with Isabel on all of my “tricks!” Even though Isabel is my “training human” ALL they trainers at the ranch really love me!  I’m pretty cute and have a “spunky” personality-I’m not sure what that means but I do know I get lots of attention from the humans around the ranch. I am doing well with my “basic commands”  and at the same I have lots of energy-my bum likes to wiggle and my body gets very happy sometimes-especially when other dogs are around.  It can be really hard to focus on listening to Isabel when other dogs are around calling my name too. They like to try to distract me and for someone like me that is so happy and friendly, it is hard to block them out.  When Isabel and I are alone I am pretty good at focusing, but goodness, I like to play with my friends too.

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: I clearly still have lots of “goals” to work on so I can become the best service dog I can be! That is okay. I know Isabel is patient with me. I will keep working on not letting my friends distract me when I should be learning. We are also learning another new “trick” that is kind of hard for me. There is this “trick” called “tether” that I am trying to get used to. Sometimes when a human has autism, they need their dog to keep them safe by helping them stay in one place and NOT run away from their mommy and daddy. The dog and the human are connected by a special “leash.” I think this leash is like a string to keep our hearts attached.  My job is to keep my furever human close by so our hearts can always beat close together. If my person runs away it makes my heart beat too fast and I get nervous and uncomfortable. “Tether” will keep our hearts happy and together. This is such an important “trick” to learn and it is also hard and can be a little unsettling for me. I will work hard this month to get more comfortable with “tether” with Isabel. Please come back in a month so you can see how much I am trying to get better with all of my “tricks!” Love, Zoey  (3/30/18)  

 

 

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