* 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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Dove

Dove

DOB: 5/6/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hi Hoomans! Guess what??? I am doing AMAZING with my training. I know all my commands and all the things I need to know to help my special hooman! AND guess what else?? I am going to meet that hooman very soon! My boy is special-he’s a very little hooman! I love being gentle with littles. And now my boy is little! Do you know what that means? We get to grow up together!  Trainer girl “Laina is just helping me finish learning to get my vest when I am told and teaching me how to lay very still and very quite next to my boy when he needs it. Once I know these things, it’s bye-bye training and hello furever boy! I cannot wait to meet you and start learning how to help you every single day! Hey, little hooman, do you think you will want me to sleep in your bed and cuddle you? I sure do hope so. See you soon! Love you! Love, Dove (03/11/2019)
June

June

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
HI Hoomans everywhere! It’s June. I know you are all looking forward to my update. I’m going to give it to you straight-the good and the not so good. The good is that when I am at the ranch, I am mostly very confident!  I think to myself what a great service dog I will be someday. And then…it happens…somebody crinkles up tissue paper that goes into gifts. Oh my goodness! WHY?? That might be the scariest thing ever! Well, the black stuffed dog might be the scariest thing ever. Then we go out on a field trip…oh that is even worse than the tissue paper at the ranch! There are noises and people and things everywhere!! I do okay as long as I can heel right next to my trainer girl, but then she puts me in a down stay and walks a few feet away! AHHHH!! Get back here Sam! Do not let me be taken, don’t let something get me! I love you, get over here! Please can we go back to the ranch…NOW?! I think time will tell for sure, but I am just not sure if I will ever stop being such a “scaredy-dog!” Love, June (03/11/2019)
Juliet

Juliet

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone, It’s Juliet. I am back at the ranch working with trainer girl, Sam. I am doing a really good job with all of my tricks lately! It makes me so happy to see how happy my Sam gets when I do things like sit and stay and come and down. I can also do Paws Up and touch and watch me AND dial!! I can dial a phone! Do you know how very important that is when you are going to help a special hooman?! Right now I am learning how to do retrieval which means “get it” and “bring it” and “give it.” These are very important tricks to know because my hooman may need me to bring their vest with a cell phone or medicine in it. They might need me to get their keys or their wallet if they drop them. So far, I am just learning these tricks and will keep on practicing so I can get better and better!  I also still have to work on getting nervous in public. Sometimes there are things that make me feel scared that really shouldn’t. Why would I be afraid of a trash can? Like what can a trash can do to me? I just don’t get it. Maybe being afraid of a trash can could be  a good thing-my hooman would never have to worry that I will dig in the trash!! I also can get nervous when there are tight spaces that I have to fit into. YIKES! It makes me feel all closed in and squished…I don’t really like that feeling much. I’m really glad trainer girl has so much patience and teaches me that I will always be safe. Love, Juliet (03/11/2019)

Julian

Julian

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)
Joy

Joy

DOB: 3/7/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Joy! So, I’m still here at the ranch working with the girl. You know the one-Alaina. The one who tries to convince me that I actually like doing the tricks that I don’t want to do. Then when I do them she give me treats and hugs and tells me how wonderful I am. Then all of a sudden I’m confused. Maybe I do like doing these things?? It’s so hard to tell. I do know that since Trainer Girl has been tricking me into loving this stuff, I have gotten better at my down stays and I definitely have started listening better. I am doing such a great job that I will actually start going on field trips soon. I can’t wait-maybe Target, maybe a restaurant, maybe even to the movies!  I do still have to work hard on not being afraid of everything. There are still a lot of new things and new situations that make me nervous. I hope that each time I go out with my girl that I will get more brave. One thing that does not make me nervous-little people running around and playing near me! I love to watch them play and laugh and be silly. Come back soon and I’ll let you know where I’ve gone for my field trips!  Love,  Joy (01/25/19)
Jordan

Jordan

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Jordan again! Guess what????? WE’RE BAAAAAACCCCKKKKK!! Yep! The J litter is back in town (Jamul that is!) We busted out of the prison, jumped in that van with dogs all over it and hitched a ride back to our favorite place-the ranch! This is the best place to be! There are fields to run in, puddles to jump in, bunk houses to sleep in, and oh yea…trainers to listen to…yea there’s that. I guess we can’t have our cake and eat it too. The trainers aren’t bad. They just want us to work and train and if I’m being honest, I have to say I like to PLAY! A lot! Playing is so much fun! I also love to be cuddled and hugged!

It’s not that I can’t do my tasks. I really can. In fact, I was the first one of the J litter to do my advanced tasks when asked. But there is a difference between knowing how to and not wanting to. Trainer girl, Jen says the difference is called being “stubborn.” I like the word “strong-willed” better. It makes me sound like I am really big and strong! I’m going to have to talk to trainer girl about the vocabulary she chooses to use.  Love, Jordan  (12/05/18)

Jolie

Jolie

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Jolie! I know you’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it too. The J’s are back at the ranch. Even though I am really happy to be back, I am feeling really shy. Sometimes it is hard for me to be brave. Although, I was very proud when that boss boy, Josh, came marching in the classroom with a dark hood and tried to make a serious face, I did NOT freak out like he thought I might. My insides were a tiny bit nervous, but I did great! And when he pet me and made his face go back to regular Josh face, and told me how good I did, I felt all happy and let him pet me. I did not even back up! New things still make me nervous. Today, the trainers tried to put treats in new items so I would get close to it to get my treat, but I just couldn’t do it.  All I really know right now, is that I am working hard to see if I can be brave. I guess time will tell what my path will be…stay tuned for updates.  Love, Jolie (12/06/18)
Jamie

Jamie

DOB: 8/16/17

English Cream Retriever
    Hi there! It’s Jamie.  I’m back from the prison program and getting settled into the ranch. There are a lot of things to get used to.  We have different trainers, a different place to sleep,  a huge place to play and run.

When I was at the prison and when I first came back to the ranch, I was really (I mean REALLY) excited by all the female dogs! They are gorgeous! However, it was a no no to go after the females in the workplace and school. The trainers really frowned upon it. Then they took me to the doctor and did something to my private parts!!!! Goodness! I guess they were serious!

When trainer girl wants me to work hard and when I want to work hard at the same time, I do a great job! I know all of my tasks and when I feel like it, I am really awesome. I guess the problem is I don’t always feel like it. There are a lot of times that it seems way more fun to play and play and play some more!  Trainer girl likes to call me “stubborn.” I like to call me “playful and fun-loving!” I’m going to be done for now…I think I hear trainer girl coming…if I pretend to be asleep maybe I won’t have to go work! Shhhhhhh Love, Jamie  (12/05/18) 

Frankie

Frankie

DOB: 12/13/17
Bichon Frise
Hi Everyone! I’m back to give you an update on how things are going!   When I listen to the trainer girl, Jen, talk about me, it makes my head grow really big-almost as big as my whole body!  She tells everyone how smart I am…and I really am! Sometimes I amaze myself, but I amaze trainer girl even more-especially when we start learning a new task. It takes some dogs multiple lessons to be able to learn a new thing. Not me! I learned the alert game in just ONE session! Yep, you read that right-just one session! DPT (Deep Pressure Therapy) same thing-count ’em… 1 session! Who does that?? Little ole Frankie that’s who!

Then just when my head is sooo big it’s hard to get into my crate…trainer girl brings my head right back down to regular size…She says things like “Frankie, do not be vocal in the crate!” Then I hear her tell other people “Frankie tends to be vocal in the crate-this is a big challenge for him and we are going to work hard to overcome it.” Weeellll, trainer girl, you have a lot of work to do. The reason I am vocal in the crate is because…I don’t like the crate! I like you! I like people! I like doing DPT and I REALLY like being held!  If you would let me out of the crate, I would stop being vocal (because I wouldn’t be in that silly crate!) I’ll try to keep you all updated on who wins the “Battle of the Crate!”

On a happier note…guess what I get to start doing soon…FIELD TRIPS! Yay! Trainer girl says very very soon I will get to start going out in public! Restaurants, stores, parks, playgrounds, beaches, movies (let me know if there are any good ones out that I should see!) I’m so excited to go out with trainer girl! We are going to have a blast together.  Check back in soon! Love, Frankie (12/05/18)

Finlay

Finlay

DOB:
Bichon Frise
Hi Everyone! It’s Finlay. You cannot imagine what Trainer Girl ‘Laina has done to me now…She packed me up from the warm sunny ranch in San Diego. She then put me on an airplane with Darlene and then Darlene took me ALL the way across this country. When I got off the plane it was cold-very cold. There was white stuff all over the place! I mean everywhere! It is very deep-very very deep! Guess what…I am little. I’m not tall like all the other dogs that came out here. I’m also white. I blend into this stuff on the ground. I could get lost. I could freeze.  TRAINER GIRL ‘LAINA!!! What are you thinking??  Now I’m thinking I might not be a good listener for a little bit. That’s how I will tell you this is a very big change for me. So for now, I will bark when you come in the room. I will be a little stubborn when you try to put me in a down stay and I might even act like I’m not motivated at all. Next week, when we start going on field trips in this place called NH, I will decide if I’ve been acting out and adjusting long enough…stayed tuned everyone!  Love, Finlay  (04/14/2019) 
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)

Avery

Avery

DOB: 1/5/18
Coton de Tulear
Hi Everyone, it’s Avery! Soooo I have some news for you… I’m about to meet my girl! My FUREVER GIRL!! Me and my girl are going to be besties! I’m counting down the days for May to come. That’s when we will start working together at the ranch. Something tells me, she is going to be the person I have always been waiting for. Deep inside of my very little body, I know she is the one I have been working so hard to help. My girl, if you read this…HURRY UP. Take that big AP test and then get to me! I will be waiting and I will keep working hard until you get here. I love you my girl! Love, Avery  (03/11/2019)
Ozzy

Ozzy

DOB: 12/27/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone. It’s Ozzy. So, I am still working hard and learning how to be a service dog. I’m doing better and better with my tasks. Do you know what I got to do? I got to go on field trip to Target! It was so fun! I did amazing listening and heeling while we shopped!  I do have more to learn though…I have to learn how to focus!  I have a LOT of energy. So much energy that sometimes it is hard for me to pay attention and do what I am supposed to do. It’s kind of tricky because when I listen, I do great things and then when I’m feeling overly playful, it’s hard to listen. One trick we have all learned, is that if I get lots of time to exercise and play before I work, I am a much better listener. Please come back and check in on me again soon!  Love, Ozzy (03/11/2019)
Opal

Opal

DOB: 12/27/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hi Humans!! It’s Opal! I’ve been very busy lately! If you remember, I was at the ranch training when we checked in last. After that I went to a really fun foster home. I got to live in a house with a family AND keep learning new tricks AND go out on field trips. Now that I am getting really good at all of those tricks, I have moved back to the ranch to start working with Trainer Boy, Spencer! I like working with Spencie.  He takes good care of me and is helping me be the best human helper I can be. He tells me that I am doing better and better controlling all this energy I have in my body. Before we go out or do work on training, Spencer gives me LOTS of playtime. This way, I can get my energy out and then focus on what Spencer tells me. I hope my furever human will do this for me too. Sometimes I hear Specie telling other trainers that I am “needy.” And that I  have to give my trainer a little space. Why??? Why would you ever want space from me?? He says I “hug his leg while we heel and that could make a recipient fall.” Hmmm. I guess that would not be good so I will try to start walking a little further out but I just love my people so much that I love to touch them all the time. So, I just got a new report card! Guess what?? I got ALL “Cs!!” Do you know how great that is? It’s not like people report cards where a “C” is not so great. A “C” on a service dog report card means I am doing my  tricks “consistently!” Once we do things consistently, all that is left is practice, practice and more practice. Also field trips, field trips and more field trips to get me used to doing all of my tricks in public! I am very excited to keep working hard and to finish up my training one day soon.  Love, Opal (03/11/2019)
Monte

Monte

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
Hi Outside World! It’s Monte! It’s been awhile since I’ve actually had time to update you all. I’m really sorry about that, but service dog training keeps me so busy! Here is an update from my trainer and then I will do my best to explain why my trainer says these things…

  • Monte is definitely chilling out more now. (Wait, what does that mean? I wasn’t chill? What did I do? Why are you saying this?)
  • Monte is kind of like 2 different dogs depending on which trainer he is with. (Dude, you’re killing me here. You make this sound like a bad thing. Sometimes I am cool with a trainer. We click. We work well together. We are partners. Other times, I just am not feeling it. A trainer says “get it” I lay down and think “nope!” They say “come” I say “Fat chance!” They say, “stay” I say “WHAT?? I can’t hear you!” as I run away. This is just who I am. I might decide to change and be a better listener with all trainers but for now, I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep.  Sorry.)
  • If someone is giving off negative vibes, Monte seems to be barely staying under acceptable control. (Well, yea. If there are negative vibes going on my first thought is “I’m outta here!” I don’t love drama! I’d rather go out for a run or go hang out in my crate. Negative vibes make me a bit skittish! Can you blame me?)
  • Doing well with commands and learning more everyday. (Thank you! Finally! I was starting to wonder if you had anything positive to say! I do like learning commands! I like practicing the ones I already know too because then I’m sure to get a treat and a head scratch!)
  • Last night I went through all the commands with Monte and he did them all on the first try! (HIGH FIVE trainer!! This is what I like to hear! You and me, we are cool! We do good work! Any chance we can just keep the training to you and me? I’ll give you extra puppy snuggles…)

Hey guys! Please come back and check in again. Let’s see what happens-any guesses? Will I get better with these other trainers? Will I get used to “negative vibes?” Hmm time will tell. Peace out!  Love, Monte (03/06/2019)

Mia

Mia

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Mia! I’m still up at the prison program. We are letting our trainers write our updates this time. But we also get to give our input, so here it is.

  • Mia is doing very well (awww thanks for that!)
  • Very hungry on wanting to learn (heehee I am actually hungry for treats!)
  • Very affectionate (I love to cuddle with you!)
  • Good listener (You’re the best! Thanks for being my trainer!)

I love my trainer updates! My trainer is so proud of how I am doing and so am I. I am working hard to keep learning all of my tasks and get to be a better service dog for a hooman someday! Check in with me again soon!  Love, Mia (03/03/2019)

Mae

Mae

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Mae! We are still at the prison training to be service doggies!!

My trainer says….(I say….)

  • Mae is doing really well with commands.   (Well, thank you so much!)
  • We’ve noticed Mae’s prime training time is in the morning. (That is because I’ve slept all night and I’m ready to pay attention and learn.)
  • Mae is working on “watch me.” She is very alert. (I like watch me’s. When my trainer man makes his voice kind of funny and high and says, ‘watch me’ it makes me tilt my head and look right at him! I think “Did that voice just come from YOU? How did you do that?” I like that voice my man uses!)
  • Mae does not like to sleep outside of the crate. She is not tense but she lays there watching everything and stays awake. (I think I am a little nosy and I think I can totally relax when I’m in the crate with the door closed.  That’s when I finally give in and close my eyes to sleep.)
  • Overall Mae is a bundle of joy to be around! (AWWWWW! Trainer man!! Thank you! I love you too! Lets keep up our good teamwork!)

Please come check on me and trainer man soon to see how we are doing! Love, Mae (03/06/2019)

Hunter

Hunter

DOB: 3/12/18

Yellow Labrador Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Hunter! So here is my updated progress report from my trainer! After my trainer’s comments you can read my explanation!

  • Hunter is doing quite well!  (You’re the best trainer!!)
  • He is laid back and playful! (I give you the best of both worlds!)
  • He’s attentive and learns quickly. (Otherwise known as SMART!)
  • He likes to practice newly learned behaviors and they remain long-lasting. (Again…SMART and persistent! I am also pretty motivated to get praise and treats! I know if I do well, my trainer pets me and hugs me and tells me how great I am. Then I get a treat! I love this routine!)
  • Hunter has a little problem staying in places where there is a lot of activity. (yep, I sure do. I like to be involved! I like touching base with others and saying hello. I’ll work on it though.)
  • Sometimes, when I tell Hunter to come, he is sluggish. He does it but a little slowly at times. (Okay, so the reason this happens is because you put me in a “down” and tell me to “stay.” Then you walk across the room and say “come.” I know when I come you are going to put me back in the same place and do this all over again. Once you make up your mind if you want me to come or stay, we can make better progress. Deal?)
  • He is still young and silly and tries to bait you into playtime! (This is all true. A puppy needs to play and have fun too! I think I have the perfect balance of play and work!)
  • One important conclusion is that Hunter is very smart, has an eye for detail and is a happy dog! (Love you trainer! I am happy! I don’t want to brag too much but I am pretty smart too! Paying attention to details is what helps me learn how to be a good service dog for my furever hooman some day!)     Well, please come check back in and see the amazing things I continue to do with my trainer!  Love, Hunter (03/06/2019) 
Nelson

Nelson

DOB: 4/30/18
Golden-Doodle

I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. These updates are a little shorter than normal, but for now it will give you an idea of how the dogs are doing.

“Training is great. He easily gets distracted after being overstimulated. Also hormones are making an appearance.”

(03/08/2019)

 

Newton

Newton

DOB: 4/30/18
Golden-Doodle

I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. These updates are a little shorter than normal, but for now it will give you an idea of how the dogs are doing.

“Training is going great! He hates walking at a fast pace for cardio. He is just a slower paced guy-like a wise old man.”

(03/08/2019)

 

Nova

Nova

DOB: 4/30/18
Golden-doodle

I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. These updates are a little shorter than normal, but for now it will give you an idea of how the dogs are doing.

“Since she moved to the other side of the room and can see the window to the hallway when the night staff does their body count, she tends to barks or low growl. She also gets distracted at times and curious about what people are doing. I gave instruction to make sure she is getting enough socializing time. Maybe she will be less curious with more contact with different people. Maybe that will help her with barking as well.”

(03/08/2019)

Neville

Neville

DOB: 4/30/18
Golden-Doodle

I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. These updates are a little shorter than normal, but for now it will give you an idea of how the dogs are doing.

“His hormones are starting to show. His training is going great. Sometimes he gets overstimulated.”

(03/08/2019)

 

Lulu

Lulu

5/4/18
Yellow Labrador Retriever

I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. These updates are a little shorter than normal, but for now it will give you an idea of how the dogs are doing.

“Training is going great. She randomly barks at loud noises or strange objects such as workers on the roof or things in the distance. She also barks in response to any dog that barks in the day room.”

(03/08/2019)

Lilo

Lilo

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)

Lani

Lani

DOB: 5/4/18
Yellow Labrador Retriever

I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. These updates are a little shorter than normal, but for now it will give you an idea of how the dogs are doing.

“She still barks periodically. But the we are working on this and have cut her barking by about 75%. Other than this, her training is going great!”

(03/08/2019)

 

Kasey

Kasey

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. These updates are a little shorter than normal, but for now it will give you an idea of how the dogs are doing.

“Doing good. Once in awhile he does the stubborn grounding on the walkway. It’s funny that he only started this after walking with Kendal to help him stop grounding.” (03/08/2019)

Kolby

Kolby

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever

I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. These updates are a little shorter than normal, but for now it will give you an idea of how the dogs are doing.

“Training is going great. Doing better with jumping on people and things.”

(03/08/2019)

Kendal

Kendal

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever

I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. These updates are a little shorter than normal, but for now it will give you an idea of how the dogs are doing.

“Extremely stubborn. If he is not grounding while walking, he is pulling. His grade is never better than a U. Not afraid of much, just extremely stubborn. Wants to do what he wants to do. Majority of training is good. He loves to train and follow commands, but he gets distracted easily by everything and everybody.”

To explain the “grades” referenced here. Dogs are given “grades” on their ability to do specific commands. An “L” means the dog is learning the new command. A “U” means the dog understands the command but does not perform it consistently. A “C” is when the dog consistently performs the task on the first time the trainer asks for it.

(03/08/2019)

Kalvin

Kalvin

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever

I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. These updates are a little shorter than normal, but for now it will give you an idea of how the dogs are doing.

“Cautious with trucks and cars on the yard. Training is going great! His retrieval is amazing. He is extremely sensitive to people’s emotions and energy. I foresee him being a wonderful DPT dog.”

(03/08/2019)

Karson

Karson

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
Hi Everyone, it’s Karson. My brothers and sisters and I are getting very big now! We just turned 6 months old!! A whole half of a year! Lots of my brothers and sisters went to start training at the prison program. But I am staying at the ranch to work with trainers.  I wonder if this is because I am their favorite?? One of my brothers said it’s because I’m a baby and I really just want to be loved and cuddled and treated like a little puppy still. I think he’s  just jealous…but I wonder how he knew all that about me? I really do just want everyone to love me. Trainer girl says I’m the most “affectionate” doggie there is. I know this means sweetest and cuddly because she hugs me and smiles big at me whenever she says it. I love her too.

Being so lovable makes training kind of hard for me. I do know all of my basic commands like sit and down and stay. But it is so hard to learn my advanced tasks like alert, and open and pull. I think it is so hard because the whole time I am in training, I just keep thinking, “is it time for a hug? Is it time for a belly rub? Trainer girl, do you love me?” Even though I already know she loves me, I just need her to keep showing me over and over and over. It gets in the way of training. Maybe now that I am getting bigger I will start trusting how much I am loved and start concentrating more on training. Check in soon to see how I am doing with this. Or better yet, you could just come by and visit and pet me while you tell me how sweet I am. Lots of love, Karson  (12/05/18)

Kramer

Kramer

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. These updates are a little shorter than normal, but for now it will give you an idea of how the dogs are doing.

“Training is excellent. He is still cautious of some staff-especially men.”

(03/08/2019)

Kaylynn

Kaylynn

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever

I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. These updates are a little shorter than normal, but for now it will give you an idea of how the dogs are doing.

“The higher value treats are really working along with praise and clicker training.”

Higher value treats are treats that the dogs like better than typical training treats. Depending on the dog, this may be dog jerky broken into little pieces or even hotdogs for some dogs. When a dog is learning a new command that is more difficult, sometimes using a higher value treat such as a hotdog makes the dog more interested in learning the new task because they know the treat they will get is really yummy!

(03/08/2019)

Kira

Kira

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever

I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. These updates are a little shorter than normal, but for now it will give you an idea of how the dogs are doing.

“Still an attention seeker. Barks when she sees other dogs getting attention. She has started to ground when we do our laps on the track. So we’ve reduced her laps and are doing some more dog park exercise.”

(03/08/2019)

Izzy

Izzy

DOB:
English Cream Golden
Do you remember what it feels like to be the new kid at school? That is what it feels like when you come to the Little Angels Ranch. You feel a little nervous, a little excited and a little (a lot) proud to be here! We are here  because someone believes we are very special. We are special enough to help a special hooman some day. I will learn tricks that will make life for my furever hooman easier. I will open doors, turn on lights, do paws up, sit, come, stay, the list goes on and on. I cannot wait to help my person some day. For now,  I can get to know this place that we all call “the ranch” and get to know these people everyone calls “the trainers.” Once I get to settle in, I will start learning all of my special tricks. To my furever hooman, I can’t wait to meet you someday. Just give me time to learn how to help you first. Love, Izzy (03/02/2019)
Nellie

Nellie

DOB: 10/14/18
English Cream Golden
Hi Everyone! My name is Nellie. I just joined the other pups at Little Angels San Diego. When trainer guy, Josh, was out in Kansas to deliver a dog, he got to meet me! I was still living with my breeder. Sunkissed Retrievers produces very healthy and even tempered goldens and I am one of them! Well, I have to tell you, I won over Josh! Sometimes, he wants to act like a tough guy. But then he met me and turned to mush! Like oatmeal-all gushy and warm. SO, I flew back to San Diego with him. Everyone kind of wanted me in their pack. Especially Jen and Josh. They are kind of silly. I love them. Since I’ve been in San Diego I have been living with Josh-I think he was worried Jen would kidnap me from the ranch! I also think I might be moving to NH with Josh to train at the new ranch-heehee he loves me so much. He takes me on LOTS of field trips to “socialize” me. I think that means he will miss me if he leaves me home when he goes out. I’m also starting to learn my advanced tasks because I already have learned all my basic tasks like sit, stay, come. I have even got to go to Sea World! A whole bunch of us went on the same day! That’s when I realized I was one of them! Sea World is a big field trip! You only get to go if your pack leader feels like you will do a great job! Thanks for trusting me, Josh! I love you!  Love, Nellie! (03/02/2019)
Dutton

Dutton

DOB: 12/4/18
Black Labrador Retriever
Hi my name is Dutton. I have only been at the ranch for a week. I’m feeling a little nervous, but trainer girl, Jen, tells me it’s okay. She tells me I am safe and that I can relax. She is going to teach me new tricks on how to help my furever hooman but for right now, I am just supposed to get used to life at this amazing ranch! There are so many dogs here! They are all really friendly, but when you are new like me, you still get  nervous. Trainer girl tells me that I will fit right in. I am learning tricks like sit, stay, come. It is amazing what kinds of things we will learn that will help our hoomans some day. Please come check in on all of us new doggies because we will be the next generation of Little Angels helping hoomans! Love, Dutton  (03/02/2019)
Poppy

Poppy

DOB:
Standard Poodle
Hi Everyone! I’m really new to this place called “the ranch” so please be patient with me. I’m really not sure what we do here. I’m not sure of what magical capabilities it has.  I do know there is this trainer girl named Jen. I worry that she may be a muggle. Yet, she seems so magical. She gives me lots of attention and tells me it is okay if my siblings and I don’t really know what to do yet, that we will learn. But what am I learning? Will it be good spells? Will it be bad spells? Is she part of a Gryffindor type house or a Slytherin house?  I know she likes to tell me what to do a lot of the time but it is okay because if I do it (or try to do it)she pulls out her magic pouch and gives me treats!! The pouch is ALWAYS filled with treats-it never ever empties. This is how I know she must be part wizard. Every time she reaches in that pouch more treats come out.  Some of the spells she is teaching me are heel and come and sit and watch me. Do you know that if she says the  “watch me” spell all if have to do is look into her eyes to get a treat?? She looks right back into my eyes and my heart goes flip and then flop and then suddenly I think I am in love…she can’t possibly be a muggle if I am in love could she? Please come back and see what else this half muggle girl has up her sleeve or in her pouch for me. Love, Poppy (03/02/2019)
Albus

Albus

DOB:
Standard Poodle
Hi Everyone! My name is Albus! I thought when I left my breeder’s home I was off to Hogwart’s, but instead we were off to the ranch! I was kind of disappointed because I was told they don’t have magic at the ranch. They were wrong! I see these things called trainers…they don’t have wands, they have treats. When they have treats in their hands the magic starts. Dogs perform tricks-they don’t just walk around and bark!! I’ve never seen anything like this! There is a spell called “lights” and the dog jumps on the wall and boom-turns on the lights! The DOG does this-not the HOOMAN! Another spell is called “Open” and the DOG opens the cabinet door!! Whoever saw such a thing? Want to know the best spell I’ve seen so far??? “Dial!” A. dog. dials. a. phone. I am NOT kidding you. These spells have such little names, not like Descendo or Expecto Patronum. Just little ol’ words like sit and stay and come. And it works. The dogs perform magic! I am vey excited to get to be at this magic school. We never got the sorting hat but I was sorted to be with a trainer girl named Sam. Someone put a spell on Sam called “Curlioso” it’s the same spell they put on me. That may be why I was sorted to her because we match and are both beautiful! I love my Curlioso trainer girl so much! She lets me know that I am safe at this big school filled with magic dogs. She lets me cuddle with her and we play in the field. Now, I am ready to hear the spells Curlioso wants to teach me! Please come back and check on the spells I am learning! Love, Albus (03/02/2019)
Lupin

Lupin

DOB:
Standard Poodle
Hi All! My name is Lupin and my siblings and I have only been at the ranch for about a week. We thought we were off to wizarding school but here we are in this place filled with “trainers.” Are they muggles in disguise? Are they wizards in disguise? We are still learning the ropes around here! There are so many dogs and lots of these “trainers.”  Right now, I get to do lots of work with this muggle man called Spencer. He shows me around the ranch and introduces me to LOTS of other dogs. It’s still hard to remember all of their names. We are here learning really cool spells that will help us help our furever hoomans some day. Some dogs here are like pros! They know everything! They must have been here like “furever!!” They can open doors, turn on lights and all kinds of things! I’m not sure how long they have been learning these spells but I can’t wait until I get to work on those things instead of learning names and spells like sit and stay. Muggle Man is kind of funny, he likes to have an in-charge-voice (not like thou who shall remain nameless) but really I can tell by the way he rubs my head and hugs me he loves doggies sooo sooo much! I’m happy to have Muggle Man for my new friend. Love, Lupin (03/02/2019)
Fleur

Fleur

DOB:
Standard Poodle
Hi, my name is Fleur. It’s a beautiful name to match my beautiful self. I am here at this ranch with my siblings and we will be learning lots of spells that will make us very special helper dogs. We are already very special, we are just not helpers yet. My concern so far is that we are being placed with a whole bunch of muggles!  They prefer to call themselves “trainers.” For now, I will call them muggles. So my muggle girl is Alaina. She might be just half muggle because she does know some pretty cool spells to teach me. For now, I am just watching and waiting. My muggle calls it “learning.” She tells me I am doing a good job learning my spells. We have to be very careful at this new school as we see what these muggles are expecting from us. I’m not sure yet if they are good and smart muggles or if they truly have some wizarding powers to teach us to do hooman tricks…Muggle girl can definitely teach me about love and patience cuz her whole body is filled with both. I love that she pets me and tells me I am beautiful. I love that she lets me learn the spells slowly while I adjust to my new life at this new school. Please check in again and I will fill you in on my muggle girl and all that she wants to teach me. Love, Fleur (03/02/2019)
Moose

Moose

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
Hi Everyone! It’s me Moose! I have had a very long month! First, all of my sisters went away. They went to live with families that were called “Foster Families.” I was kind of sad when they left…BUT THEN…guess what happens when 7 puppies leave and grandma and grandpa only have you to take care of?? You get LOTS and LOTS of attention! The other doggies that live in this house all the time still live here-Lily (she’s itty bitty and a meanie pants!) She looks little and cute but she is like a cranky old lady! I try hard to stay away from Lily! Mocha (he is a real live service dog that lives in this house and takes care of the boy Ryan!) Mocha is very tall and very cool! He lets me jump on him and pull his tail. Did you know I can hold his tail in my mouth and he will give me a ride all the way through the house! When no one else is looking, Mocha tells me all the secrets I will need to know about being a really good helper for my hooman some day! Then there is Maddie (she used to be working to be a service dog.) She decided she wanted to be a pet instead. So now, she gets spoiled a lot in this house. She didn’t like me for a long time. Now, she thinks I’m so cute. She checks on me a lot to make sure Lily is really not going to hurt me when she is cranky. And finally, my momma. She lives here and is really focused on ME!  When all of my sisters had to go to their foster families, it gave my momma, Luna, too much time to spend with me. Sometimes when I try to walk away from her, my momma lays in the bed and just holds my back leg in her mouth. It means I cannot move. She is very strong and I cannot go anywhere. Silly momma!  We usually wrestle all day! The other doggies get nervous sometimes because we like to make loud noises, but my momma and I love to play together.  I was born with a very big hole in the roof of my mouth. It went from the front to back. 2 days ago, the doctor fixed the hole so now food and water go in my throat when I eat and drink. It used to come out my nose! I thought it was a cool trick that I could use to impress girl puppies, but Mocha told me NOPE! So, I let them fix it. Now I have to eat mushy food for 4 weeks and grandma has even more reason to SPOIL MOOSIE! Those are my favorite words!! The one thing I do not like…I cannot put anything other than mushy food in my mouth for 4 weeks! Not even Mocha’s tail!!! This is so hard! Please come back in 4 weeks to see how the hole in my mouth has healed up and if I have started my training or if I am still being SPOILED!!  Love, Moosie (04/14/2019) 
Autumn

Autumn

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
Hi Everyone! It’s Autumn! All of our trainers have finally come to NH and are settling in to Sky Valley Ranch. I am living with my foster girl and I love her so much. She takes really good care of me. She teaches me to go potty outside and that my crate is actually a cool place to be to have quiet time just for me. I am also learning that when my foster girl says, “Autumn” that means ME!! It means I should look at her and I should listen to what she has to say. Please come check in soon to see what tricks I will start learning to help my special hooman some day!  Love, Autumn (04/14/2019)
Skye

Skye

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
Hi Everyone, my name is Skye. By now, you all know my sisters and my 1 brother are the first NH litter for Little Angels. We will be moving to the new ranch at the end of March when the trainers move out here. I am the last puppy that was born in our litter and if my brother Moosie didn’t have a hole in his mouth, I would be the littlest one. I like to wrestle with Moosie because we are both small. I am bigger than him but other than that, everyone is bigger than me! We all have been given special names and mine is Skye! I am named after our brand new facility called Sky Valley Ranch! I love my name and I’m proud to have such an important one. So because we are not even 8 weeks old yet, we don’t have lots of training words that we are doing. Foster mommy tries to tell us to sit and down but we don’t listen to her very much. We kind of giggle and jump on her instead! Stay tuned for updates about our adventures at Skye Valley Ranch! Love, Skye (03/02/2019)
Frosti

Frosti

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
Hi Everyone! It’s me Frosti!! I’m up here in Frosty Cold New Hampshire! Now you know why I have my special NH name?! We were born on an incredibly frosty night in January. While it was snowy and cold outside, our foster family kept us warm and toasty inside! My name is perfect for me because I am the lightest and fluffiest of all of my siblings! I also happen to be the biggest but lets not talk about that-other than to say I weigh at least 1 pound more than my largest sibling and almost double what my itty bitty brother weighs! But goodness I am gorgeous! I love to cuddle and play with all of my siblings-except when it is time to sleep. They all like to sleep in a pack, on top of each other, curled in warm cozy beds together. Not me! I like my sleeping space! I go behind our litter box and squeeze in between the wall and the back of the box on the floor. Moosie used to come right up and sleep nose to nose with me and that was ok because I would protect him from the others, but now he is bigger and doesn’t need to do that so much so I get my sleeping space all to myself! In a few weeks we will be moving up to our new home at Sky Valley Ranch. Please check back often to see how we do with our training! Love, Frosti (03/02/2019)
Winnie

Winnie

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
Hi it’s Winnie! As in Lake Winnipesaukee in the lakes region of New Hampshire.  It’s such a beautiful place and I’m such a beautiful puppy!  I am so happy I was born! I like my happy life-I get to play with all of my sisters and we get to pick on our little brother (even though we love him so much). We have these really cool cat (yes cat) tunnels that foster mommy got us to play in. We go so fast that we let out little barks (not meows even though the tunnels are for cats)  when we go flying through the tunnels and scare each other! I really loved my special name because it made me think of Winnie the Pooh from Disney and because I’m named for a famous lake here in NH. Well now I’m not loving my name as much because my foster family has started calling me a different name “Winnie in the Poop!” You see, I like the litter box, actually, I LOVE the litter box! I feel like it’s a great place to play, yes, I know it’s for going poop but it’s fun to jump in too!  My foster family tells me all day, “Winnie, get out of the poop!” When they try to get me, I run! Until they sit down, then I get back in the box! It’s fun to be a puppy because when you are so cute, no one really gets annoyed at you. They think you are just adorable. Let’s hope that continues when those trainers arrive!  Love, Winnie (03/02/2019) 
Pemi

Pemi

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
Hi, my name is Pemi. I am guessing if you are not from New Hampshire, you will not know what my name means…any guesses? I’ll wait a moment while you think…Give up? It’s the Pemigewasset River!! But here in NH it is called The Pemi! I like that so many people took part in coming up with our cool NH names! It makes us all feel so special!  So we are almost 8 weeks old! Do you remember when we were born? It doesn’t seem that long ago and yet here we are. We’ve moved out of the den and our whelping box and into the big dining room into an X-Pen. Now we are so big and smart that we’ve learned to move our X-Pen all the way across the room! We all gather on one side of it and push at the same time! We can go from one end of the room to the other! We are getting bigger and smarter and sometimes even a little naughtier every day! Before we know it, our trainers will be here and we will be moving all the way up to the new ranch. We will get to live there with our new trainers but we will still get to see our foster family every day because they just live down the street. Check in and watch our progress and we learn how to be the best service dogs ever! Love, Pemi (03/02/2019)
Atti

Atti

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
Hi Everyone! It’s Atti! I’m from the New Hampshire litter! So go ahead…start trying to think of what I am named for….I’ll talk while you think. We were born on January 7th. So, we will be 8 weeks old soon! I’m really happy we do not have to leave our foster family yet. We all love to play together and foster mommy buys us so many cool toys to play with! I am considered the biggest cuddle bug ( I know I should be called a cuddle pup) out of all of my siblings. I love to be held and to snuggle up into your neck. I also love to run around and be the silliest pup with my sisters and my little brother. I know that with my sisters I can play pretty rough and with my little brother I should be a little more careful. Sometimes I forget and jump on top of him a little too hard, but usually I remember to be more gentle. So, do you know what I am named after yet? Keep thinking. Before you know it, it will be time for us to move out of our foster house (we call them grandma and grandpa) and go to the ranch to start our very special training. For now, we get to keep playing and keep being babied. We really like that. Keep checking in with us…right now we are planning to move around March 23rd. Please check on my grandma around that time-she will either be really really sad that we have moved out OR really really happy to get some rest!!! Okay, time is up…I am named after Attitash Mountain right down the street from the ranch! Maybe when you come for Handler Training you will go skiing there! Love, Atti (03/02/2019) 
Darbi

Darbi

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
It’s me…Darbi! I was born in NH on January 7th! I’m guessing most of you will not guess why I have this name, but you can try while I explain some things to you. I am the OLDEST of the New Hampshire litter! That’s right, the first born!! The oldest sibling out of the 8 of us! Frosti may be the biggest, but I will always be the oldest! I also have the darkest coat. It is very beautiful and it is easy to pick me out of the bunch! Right now, I am also the most vocal of the puppies. Oops. I can’t help it. I just love to bark and see if I can get foster mommy to come. I was not feeling well for a couple of days and I had to go see the puppy doctor. They told foster mommy to keep me away from the other pups for a couple of days because I was just so tired. I needed rest. So, I learned that it is so great to stay up and cuddle with foster mommy all night long. She wrapped me in a blanket and rocked me and now, I bark. I know I am all better now and I can wrestle with all my siblings now, but I want foster mommy to break me out again and hold me all night. She says nope, we are not doing all nighters anymore. She caught on to my tricks. So here is why am named Darbi.  Darby Field was the first person to record their ascent of Mount Washington!! He climbed all the way up! Now people do it all the time but what made him do it back in 1642?? I mean it’s 6,288 feet high…why would you climb that? That’s a lot of climbing for my little legs. Come check in on me while I start my training at Sky Valley Ranch at the end of March! (03/20/2018)
Goose

Goose

DOB: 1/19/19
English Cream Golden
Hi Everyone, My name is Goose! My sister is Charlee. Do you know what movie we are named after?  We still live with Gwen, our very sweet foster mommy. When we are big enough, we will move to the ranch in San Diego to start our training. For now, we get to be babies and be spoiled. When our mommy had babies, there were just 2 of us! Everyone expected so many more pups, but it was just my sister and me! We love that because we get so much attention from our Gwennie girl. We know someday we will leave our Gwen and start training but we are only 6 weeks old! So for now, we have plenty of puppy play time left before we have to learn our commands!  Check in again soon! Love, Goose (03/02/2019)
Charlee

Charlee

DOB: 1/19/19
English Cream Golden
Hi Everyone. My name is Charlee! My brother is Goose! Can you name the movie our foster mommy named us after??  We are still itty bitties. I think we are only about 6 weeks old. But I don’t know how to count yet, so I’m not totally sure. However old I am, I do know that I am too little to start training and to leave my dog mom and my foster mommy yet. Goose and me, we get to keep being puppies that get to play all day. Please check back with us in a couple of weeks to see if we have moved to the ranch and what we are working on. Love, Charlee. (03/02/2019)

 

 

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