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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coda Bo

Coda Bo

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

Adoption Fee: $75.00

The following dogs are available from our In-Home Utility Program. They are dogs that have done exceptionally well with training but are still not suited for public access. These dogs would be best for someone who could use assistance at home but doesn’t need a service dog to follow them into public. Their adoption fees reflect the higher level of training they have received. Go to our In-Home Utility Page for more information



DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone. It’s Julian. I’m still here, still with trainer girl and still getting better and better all the time. Trainer girl has shown me not to give up! I thought I was just not cut out to be a special human helper. But, the longer I hang out with ‘Laina, the braver I become. I know so many cool tricks now! I can turn on lights and then turn them off. I can open and close cabinets and drawers (and even close them gently). I get to go on lots of field trips too. I love field trips! I get to see lots of different places and people and go on car rides. Sometimes, I still get nervous. The weird thing is, I don’t even know what is making me nervous when it happens. Poor ‘Laina! She tries looking around to see what made me “freeze” and she cannot figure it out. That’s because I can’t either. I just get a feeling and then I stop moving. Hopefully, the more I go out the more comfortable I will be and I will stop getting scared from nothing!  Love, Julian (1/25/19)


DOB: 8/16/17

English Cream Retriever
San Diego Ranch
    Hi there! It’s Jamie. I am still busy at the ranch in San Diego working at becoming a Service Dog to help hoomans someday. The really good news is I know all of my advanced tasks and I am a very sweet dog. The not so great news is that I am still so nervous out in public. I’m not really sure why this is but my trainer girl tries to help me see everything is ok. Sometimes there are odd things that make me feel unsettled-like elevators and balloons. For now, I am back out working with another foster and he has taken me to the grocery store. He says he can definitely see that I am nervous but I think he is hopeful we can work through this together. I sure hope so. I have so much love to give a hooman and know so many tasks that could be helpful too. Please keep your fingers crossed for me that I can be more brave soon!  Love, Jamie  (06/10/2019) 



DOB: 5/4/18
Yellow Labrador Retriever
Hi. My name is Lilo! I have now moved away from trainer Girl, Sam, and I am up at the prison program doing my training. Here is what my trainer has to say about me and what I have to say back…

  • Needs work  (silly trainer, of course I need work, that is why I’m here!)
  • High strung & lacks control  (what’s your point?)
  • Needs firm guidance  (Hmmmm)
  • Heels better without having a leash on (well, you never know if ya might need to run!)
  • She does sit and down but not immediately (tattletale)
  • She will stay but loses focuses when there is activity (I LOVE activity! You could just say I’m curious!)
  • Very playful  (thank you! Playing is my favorite thing to do!)

Please come back and check in again…don’t pay too much attention to all these silly comments my trainer made. I’m going to bribe him with treats before he writes my next report!  Love, Lilo  (03/03/2019)

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

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