|Dogs in Training
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.
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 2
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 they are living in the volunteer's
home for a time so they can be loved in a family
environment similar to the home they will have
with their future disabled handler, while also
receiving regular kenneling and professional
training which assists in the prevention of
problem behaviors. While at the ranch the dogs
will work with our experienced staff, as well as
multiple trained volunteers, before returning to
another foster in a home environment. This
allows our dogs to live with multiple fosters,
offering a variety of home settings. Some foster
homes have children, others cats - some go to
ballparks, and others the beach. Every home is
different, and our dogs end up experiencing it
all. Before a dog graduates it has received a
minimum of 600 one-on-one training hours, by
up to 40 different trainers, fosters, and
After a dog graduates from this period 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 will receive lessons each day to
perfect their advanced obedience and
specialized assistance tasks.
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.
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 non-profit 501c3
organization. Your donation is tax deductible to
the fullest extent of the law. If you are able to
help us in this cause please visit our
|A Training Session with a Little Angels Dog
|"That's it! Bring it here."
|"Guin, I need help. Go get the phone."
|"Good girl! Give it."
|Good girl! Such a smart dog!"
|Learning and seeing
new things everyday.