Little Angels Service Dogs is a charitable nonprofit 501c3 corporation that reaches across all of the United States partnering service dogs with the disabled. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality dogs to assist in the daily lives of our recipients.
Click here to watch a video of one of our facilities. Little Angels has two separate facilities to help as many people as possible. We are located in Bartlett, New Hampshire and San Diego, California. Both locations have a ‘ranch’ feel and are perfect for raising and training our dogs! Our ranches include indoor/outdoor access for each of the dogs, separate buildings with kitchens, bathing and grooming stations, indoor classrooms for training, multiple outdoor training fields, and even separate “Puppy Pens”!
We have an awesome group of dedicated and highly skilled trainers that ensure our dogs continue to take on the reputation they are known by. Along with all of our trainers, we also have a fantastic group of volunteers and fosters that help make it possible to continually raise dogs and meet the demands of our waiting list.
Our Training Philosophy:
Dogs come from a social structure with a strong hierarchy. It would be unnatural for your dog to view life neutrally, without care of who is the alpha – who is dominant or submissive. If you do not take the lead and become the alpha of your “pack”, your dog will either be insecure, or take that position himself.
With Little Angels, all commands are initially taught with positive motivation only. The dog is lured into certain positions, such as “down” or “sit”, and then is rewarded with either treats, a favorite toy, or verbal and physical praise. It is only once the dog responds consistently to the positive rewards, but then chooses not to act, that a correction is added.
Determining what level of correction a dog needs is a very delicate task and should be approached with care. Some dogs will submit to authority with just a simple “no” in a firm and low voice – but with most dogs, a quick tug on the leash is all that is needed.
Dogs, just like people, go through different stages in their lifetime. Because of this, Little Angels stands behind any dog they have trained, whether it’s a service dog or a pet. We will always encourage owners and recipients to advise us of any needed training in the future so that we can help remedy the issues.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of trainers out there who prefer to “get the job done quickly” and are too hard on the dog. This creates an animal who responds out of fear, rather than one who is well-rounded with both positive motivation and low-level correction. You do NOT need to be a heavy-handed-tyrant for your dog to obey. You very simply need to be the leader. When you issue a command, the response is absolute. You do not give your dog a choice by asking him to do it. You tell him that he will do it. After all, it is a command – not a request.
Extreme training techniques should be reserved for extreme, life-threatening behavior problems, such as aggression or car chasing. If you believe that a trainer has been too hard on your dog, please, don’t look the other way – act! Ask the trainer why they are using the aggressive techniques. If it doesn’t seem right to you, then act on your instincts and seek out another trainer.