* Please See Below For Profiles on Our Dogs in Training *

At Little Angels we organize our dogs in training in a very unique way. As soon as a dog enters our system, whether by purchase or by breeding program, they are assigned to a trainer. That trainer is solely responsible for that dog until it either graduates or gets released from training. All profiles below are organized by each of our trainers’ packs, and also includes where the dog currently is training (at a ranch or at a prison).

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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San Diego Trainers

Jared’s Pack

Ozzy

Ozzy

DOB: 12/27/17
English Cream Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hi everyone, it’s Ozzy! You might remember in my last update I told you my training was going great and that I just needed my medical clearance to be ready to become a real service doggo. Well, I went to the special doctor and he said I was a healthy doggo! However, since my last update, I have taken a few steps back in my training… Trainer Girl says this is not uncommon and nothing to be ashamed of because progress is not linear. I lost my motivation and started being naughty and unruly, pulling on my leash and getting really distracted. I know a lot of tricks that can help humans. Trainer Girl says I am quick with commands and can heel beautifully when I want to. The trainers have been teaching me some new games, like tethering and search. But I am having a little bit of difficulty learning these new tricks because I get so easily distracted and I’m not really motivated to play these games… Luckily the trainers are really smart people! They have been changing lots of things in our training sessions and my routine. We have been playing in the field, practicing my recalls, using hotdogs, playing with toys… Trying to find what gets my eyes to sparkle and my desire to work back to life. Hopefully, I’ll get my mojo back soon. Love, Ozzy (12/06/2019)

Archie

Archie

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hi Everyone! I’m Archie! I am one of the puppers donated by Stofer Labs. Since I arrived at Service Doggie school, at San Diego Ranch, I’ve had so much fun! I got to meet Trainer Girl Sam, and she has been teaching me all these cool tricks that will help me help my furever hooman one day! I love learning! Trainer Girl says I am incredibly smart, usually 1-2 sessions is all I need to learn something new. Once I know it, I have it down! I think I might have been born for this job! I love going out in public. Trainer Girl says I am an absolute ROCKSTAR in public! Even in restaurants, you wouldn’t even know I’m there! I’m really good at differentiating work time from break time. When it’s break time, the puppy in me comes out. If we are at Trainers Girl house, I get into anything and everything in the house. Trainer Girl is not always amused… but I think I make her laugh! Come back to check on my progress. Love, Archie (11/21/2019)

Ruby

Ruby

DOB: 08/30/18
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hi! I’m Ruby aka Rubes aka Ruber aka whatever other cute names my Trainer Boy calls me. I have energy to spare! I sure was a handful at first, but with a lot of tasks and direction, my trainer says I’m doing awesome! I even heard him say that I am his new FAVORITE dog! I am eager to please and am doing excellent with my obedience. I even started working on advanced tasks now! (Not to show off but I picked up alert AND pull within 5 minutes!!) I am doing so great that I get to go on field trips with my trainer now! I am calm and confident in public. One last thing I need to work on is not being so interested in other dogs! I just can’t help it, I want to say hello! My willingness to work and stellar focus is going to make me one great service dog one day. Love, Ruby! (01/20/2020)

 

Tola

Tola

DOB: 11/18/18
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hey world, I’m Tola! Oh boy, where do I start? At first, I was easily distractible, and my heel was, well…wobbly. With some consistent work and dedication from my trainer, I have come a long way. I get to go on field trips now, AND I was recently told I’m even ready for SeaWorld! This is A LOT to say! Because Sea World is not like any other field trip, it is one of the BIG field trips!! You only get to go if your trainer feels like you will do a great job! I am now a priority dog. This means now I have to work EXTRA hard and Trainer Boy will continue to work on the details with me until I am ready to go to my forever home and get MY hooman! Now, we are working on some new tasks like retrieval, I am picking up on it! And Trainer Boy is impressed with how fast I can RUN!! In public, I am a calm, confident girl and overall, I do really well in public. However, I still need to work on my wobbliness, especially during heeling and DPT. It is just hard to focus sometimes; I get easily distracted and excited… That’s when I start changing speed or lean into Trainer Boy leg, or when doing DPT, let’s just say it can get a little bit “wiggly” and wild. But don’t worry, I have improved so much already, and I will keep working to be the best pup-helper for MY furever hooman one day. Come back to see how my new tasks are coming along and if I have gotten my wobbliness under control. Love, Tola! (02/25/2020)

Ulysses

Ulysses

DOB: 10/1/19
Golden-Doodle
San Diego Ranch

Hi hi hi, my name is Ulysses! My trainer thinks I am adorable, whatever that means. I love my fellow puppies and the trainers who take care of me. I have energy to spare and am eager to please. A very sweet couple just fostered me, so I get to live in their beautiful home for a while. Being a service doggie in training is SO much fun! I’m already walking on a leash well and will do a sit for my trainer. Oh, and I loooove hotdogs! Love, Ulysses! (01/20/2020)

Ally

Ally

DOB: 02/21/19
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hi! I’m Ally! I am one of the labs donated by Stofer Labs. I’ve been in the San Diego Ranch learning how to be a Service Doggo for almost 3 months now. And let me tell you, being in Service Doggie school is a lot of work, but it is so much fun too! Since I got here, Boss Lady could see my potential! She said I was a patient dog, but at the same time I am always excited to work, and I am a quick learner. My training is going well, I know all basic obedience commands. And now I am working on more advanced tasks like alert, signal, DPT, push, pull and door. Although I must admit these last 3 are a bit confusing… Did you know service doggos need to learn around 30 different commands? Sometimes they sound so similar and I can’t figure out what am I supposed to do! Trainer Girl is very patient with me, I’m sure that with her help I’ll be a pro in no time! Sometimes I go to field trips with Trainer Girl. We have so much fun! We go for car rides, get to know new places, and she asks me to do all the tasks I learned at the ranch. She loves when I do all my tricks in public. There is just one thing I need to work in public: heeling. There is so much stuff happening in the world; we went to Sea Port Village the other day, and I just kept forgetting I had to stay right beside Trainer Girl. She kept reminding me, and then I went back to being focused and responsive. Trainer Girl says I’ll keep getting used to all there is in the outside world… and then it will be easier to focus. Come back to check on my progress soon! Love, Ally (11/17/2019)

Audrey

Audrey

DOB: 11/04/19
Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hi everybody! I am a sweet little girl who loves being held in my trainers’ arms. I just got fostered by a very nice lady who is treating me like her own. I get to play with her other dog when she’s not teaching me the basic commands. I’m already learning to sit and do other cool stuff! The nice lady keeps my trainer updated on all my great progress. Come back soon to hear more about how I’m doing!! Love, Audrey! (01/20/2020)

Brooke

Brooke

DOB:
Golden Doodle
San Diego Ranch

Hello! My name is Brooke. I am a golden doodle princess. My trainer says I am sweet and affectionate, I am a quick learner too, I love to learn, maybe it is because I am very eager to please. But at the same time, I am easily distractible, sometimes it is SO hard to focus. I try very hard to pay attention to my handler, but there are so many things going on and I have so much energy inside of me that I just can’t keep it all inside some days (keep reading if you wanna hear a fun little story). However, when I AM focused and in work/learning mode, you could say I am unstoppable. I am very responsive to commands and I can learn new tricks in only ONE session! Even the hard ones! Well… that’s what the trainers say, they say once you are good with your basic obedience you start learning advanced tasks. But they are all pretty easy for me, I learned pull and door in only one session. When we are not training, trainer Girl spends time bathing me and grooming me. I love my SPA and bonding time! I look so pretty after we are done. Well, actually that’s a lie, a princess looks pretty all the time, but I love getting the extra attention. Other times Trainer Girl says my FAVOURITE words, after a lot of hard work and yummy treats, she will say “Take a Break!”. During break time, we play, and I can be HYPER bouncy. This is allowed when we play, but Trainer Girl says I need to control it when it is time to work. One of the hardest times to control it is when I just come out of my crate. I get VERY excited. Oh! I almost forgot! Remember I promised you a story? There was one day I was working with Trainer Boy in the field, Boss Lady was evaluating my training and I was responding to my obedience like a pro, but I was hyper. And during a down stay, I saw my chance! I couldn’t help it but… frap! I frapped aaaall around the field until they caught me! Hahaha, it was soooo much fun!!! Don’t ask the trainers though… They did not agree with me. They said I need to work on down stays and also on heel. But this was just a funny story, overall I am doing well, and I improve constantly. In public, I am very observant and attentive, when I am asked to do something I am super responsive, especially my basic obedience. It is done quickly and without hesitation. I need to thank my trainers in the prison for that. They did such a good job teaching me my commands, I really miss them sometimes. But I love my new fosters and the trainers at the ranch too. My personality is friendly and confident, I can be a little timid around new people or objects sometimes, but this is less and less as I grow and learn to love the world. Now the problem is that I love saying hi to other people and dogs too much. I guess I need to find the balance. Ughh… Balance is so hard. I promise I’ll work on this. Come back to hear if I’ve solved this balance mystery soon. Love, Brooke (05/08/2020)

Murphy

Murphy

DOB: 08/28/19
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hi Everyone! I am Murphy! I am a handsome lab pupper. I know the basic commands and I have a pretty mellow personality. This can be very good for a service doggo, but to be the best service doggo for my hooman someday I need to find good motivation first. During my first session, I wasn’t very motivated and my trainer even said I was a bit lazy. I really want to help my fur-ever hooman one day… I was worried, but the other doggos told me not to worry. The said the trainers are super smart and they always find ways to make training more fun. I look forward to learning all the games they told me about. However, due to the virus everyone is talking about, I went out to live with a foster family. I really like my foster family and I think this will be good for me, I can relax, have fun, keep practicing my tricks, and hopefully find my motivation. Stay safe and come back to hear about my quarantine adventures soon. Love, Murphy! (05/08/2020)

Maple

Maple

DOB: 11/17/19
Golden-Doodle
San Diego Ranch

Bio Cooming Soon…

Dieter

Dieter

DOB: 10/01/19
Golden-Doodle
West Coast Prison

Hello everyone!! My name is Dieter! I am currently working with the inmates who are teaching me sooo much! I can’t wait to come back to the ranch and show my trainer everything I learned! Before I left, I was learning to work in a head halter; that thing can be a little bit hard to get used to, but with some time and practice it all gets better! My name was an easy one to learn. Even before going to the prison I was coming to my trainers when called… maybe it was easy cause I LOVE people so much! They said I am a very friendly and affectionate pupper. Come back to hear about my adventures in the prison!! Love, Dieter (02/25/2020)

Pearl (Gong)

Pearl (Gong)

DOB: 10/1/19
Golden-Doodle
San Diego Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…
Nelson

Nelson

DOB: 4/30/18
Golden-Doodle
West Coast Prison

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)

 

Dominique’s Pack

Posie

Posie

DOB: 07/06/19
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hello world! Posie here! I recently came to little Angels from Stofer labs to learn to be a service doggo. I am a very sweet and submissive girl. I am currently living with a foster, but even before I left my heel was great. But my absolute favorite is to do DPT because I get lots of treats and pets! I am also learning to do alert. My fosters love me and say I am a good girl. Come back to read more about how I’m doing soon! Love, Posie! (01/20/2020)

Luma

Luma

DOB: 11/17/19
Golden Retriever
West Coast Prison

Hello there! I am pink girl for now, or little princess as my Trainer Girl likes to call me! Trainer Girl says I am supposed to get my own special name soon (I can’t wait, I hope I get a cute one!!) Although I don’t care to be called little princess because I am the only girl of my litter, so it’s really fitting because I get to be a little princess, which is great. My trainer says I look and act just like my mom Sonya. I am a little vocal and like to talk to my trainer when she gives me puppy cuddles. My training hasn’t really started but the older dogs say it’s so much fun! So come back soon to hear all about training! Love, Pink Princess! (01/20/2020)

Wish

Wish

DOB: 11/17/19
Golden Retriever
West Coast Prison

Hello world! I am the smallest of my litter but also the spunkiest!! I like to carry around stuffy toys that are bigger than me. When my trainer tries to take it away I like to play a game of tug and wiggle my whole body so she cannot get my toy. I love to run around and wrestle with my siblings. So as you can see, I LOVE a good challenge! I might be tiny but I am ready for training so come back soon to see how I’m doing! Love, Wish! (01/20/2020)

 

Lani

Lani

DOB: 5/4/18
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hello everyone! It’s Lani! I finished my time in the prison program in July and came back to the San Diego Ranch. After leaving the prison, I have gotten to know so many new places and people. Sometimes this can be a little scary, and I can be timid and weary when I see kids or new people approaching from a distance. But the more people I get to know, the more I realize there’s nothing to fear and the more comfortable I feel; now I calm down immediately when figure out there’s nothing to worry about. These last few months, I’ve been working with Trainer Girl Jen. I know all my commands well, but now I need to work a little bit more in my manners and learning to behave in public. I have so much energy; Trainer Girl says I’m super hyper, almost frantic. She says this can be a problem sometimes. I have a hard time focusing when I am hyper. Trainer Girl explained to me that I need to be ready to go into work mode at any time in case my hooman needs me. I want to be able to help my hooman whenever I’m needed. But when I am hyper, I don’t even notice they are asking something from me, so I need to work on that. Once I am calm, I am great with all commands. I know door, push, pull, signal, vest, leash, dial, lights, DPT and now I am learning advanced retrieval. I love to retrieve; I want to retrieve everything! You ask, I’ll get it! Oh, another thing you need to know about me is that I have a lot to say. I am one very vocal girl, like all girls I LOVE to express my opinion. But hoomans around me don’t seem to love my “barks” as much as I do. I guess there are other ways to express my opinion, so I am trying to find them and get this voice of mine under control. Come back to see how that goes. Love, Lani (11/21/2019)

Drew

Drew

DOB: 7/19/19
Golden Lab
San Diego Ranch

As we have done in the past, I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. I think there’s something special in the way they express themselves about training and the dogs. Every time I read them, it brings a smile to my face to picture the training going on, that we often do not get to see first hand. I love their openness when describing the dogs’ behaviors and how they try different techniques to work through it all. You can also here the affection the trainers have for their dogs when you read their descriptions!  When there is a trainer’s name used in the report, I will always use the name ‘Joe’ for privacy reasons. Here is the trainer’s update on how Drew is doing…

“HI, I am Drew. I am having a great time. I am an easy going guy who loves kibble. I love it so much that I will go to other trainers during play circle and steal it, sometime I even take it out of my siblings mouths. I love to stare into my trainers eyes, and doing touch just makes me so happy. I have a ton of energy and will train a long as there is kibble. I do have a small chewing problem. Leashes, clothing, humans, and anything metal I believe belongs in my mouth. My goals are to get better grades on my commands and start chewing on things I am supposed to. See ya later!”

(11/14/2019)

Dutton

Dutton

DOB: 12/4/18
Black Labrador Retriever
West Coast Prison

Hi! Dutton here. I am not a puppy anymore; I’ve grown up to be a sweet Little Angel in training and I’ve learned SO many things. Since I was a puppy, I was a fast learner, I was confident and VERY affectionate – and all these things still stand true today. In fact, I can be a little sensitive and softer corrections are all I need to get the point.  I’ve learned all kinds of cool tricks like seizure alert, vest, dial, and DPT. During this time, I’ve had many different trainers. I spent some time at the men’s prison program and now I am part of Jen’s pack. She says I am a very responsive and sweet doggie. I behave great around the ranch and in public too! But, on the downside, I am very high energy and can be easily distracted, I especially need work on watch me and down-stays, during which I am very wiggly, especially when someone tries to touch me. I keep learning very fast, I learned signal in one session the other day! I think Trainer Girl was impressed. Come back soon to learn more about me. Love, Dutton (04/25/2020)

Gabby

Gabby

DOB: 11/04/19
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch
Bio Cooming Soon…
Bailey

Bailey

DOB: 6/24/19
Golden Doodle
San Diego Ranch

As we have done in the past, I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. I think there’s something special in the way they express themselves about training and the dogs. Every time I read them, it brings a smile to my face to picture the training going on, that we often do not get to see first hand. I love their openness when describing the dogs’ behaviors and how they try different techniques to work through it all. You can also here the affection the trainers have for their dogs when you read their descriptions!  When there is a trainer’s name used in the report, I will always use the name ‘Joe’ for privacy reasons. Here is the trainer’s update on how Bailey is doing…

“Hi! Bailey here, checking in from Chowchilla. My trainers say that I am a very smart puppy. I got introduced to the head halter, and let me tell you something, that thing is so uncomfortable. Sometimes I get mad and throw myself down or stop and ground in the middle of walking. What can I say, that thing sucks! I will stop, then go and my trainers give me treats when I go, so I do it quite frequently so I get paid in kibble for walking. I am very good at all of my basic commands, just am working on my heel more now. I am a very happy puppy and love water but when it is time to train, I am all business. Check in with you next month.”

(11/13/2019)

Sammy

Sammy

DOB:
Golden Doodle
West Coast Prison
Bio Coming Soon…
Micah

Micah

DOB: 11/03/19
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch
Bio Cooming Soon…
Skelly

Skelly

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Jasper

Jasper

DOB: 9/20/17
Chocolate Lab
San Diego Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…

New Hampshire Trainers

Kat’s Pack

Joy

Joy

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

Hi! It’s Joy! Life’s been good these last couple of months! I am a happy girl, and I am braver too! Remember last time I told you I thought the delivery guy wanted to get me and I got scared? Well, after that I went back with my foster and every morning we would wait for delivery guy, so I could say hi and get to know him better, we ended up being friends and I’m not scared of delivery guys anymore! Now that I am back at the ranch, Trainer Girl says I am doing much better overall; more confident and happier, and I must agree! The world doesn’t seem as scary anymore. Sometimes I still get spooked by random things, but I recover quickly. The other day we went on a field trip and we found some inflatable decorations – Even though they were scary Halloween decorations, I wasn’t afraid at all! Trainer Girl said I was super brave! Although I’ve been doing much better out in public, I still have some confidence to gain when we go on field trips. I don’t like doing down stays in public. Trainer Girl says I have to stay where she puts me, but I feel like she might forget about me and leave, or sometimes she wants me to lay in front of fridges which make noises I don’t like and I feel like the door might hit me. Trainer Girl promised she would never forget about me nor hit me with the fridge door, so I will keep working on building my confidence with these things. On the other hand, one thing I don’t need to build more confidence with, is kids. I LOVE kids. I always try to be extremely gentle and patient around them…I love these tiny hoomans. They are so much fun! Oh! One more thing, I almost forgot. Trainer Girl says we need to work on my focus. Apparently sometimes I get distracted and ignore her when I think something’s more exciting. There are just so many exciting things going on when we go on field trips, but she explained to me I can’t check everything out because one day I will be helping my furever hooman and I’ll have to pay attention to her at all times in case she needs me. I can’t wait to be helping my forever hooman, so I’ll work super hard on focusing and being brave. Please come back to check on my progress again soon. Love, Joy (11/15/2019)

Kasey

Kasey

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

We have some amazing fosters that have sent us an update on how their pupper is doing, and as we have done in the past with dogs that are in the prison program, I would like to continue updating the dogs in their trainers´ words. There´s something special in the relationship a foster creates with their dogs. I´ve loved reading these updates, hearing the affection the fosters have for their dogs and having a deeper insight on the lives of our service dogs in training when they are growing, learning, and going on adventures with their foster families, getting ready for their VERY important job. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. When there is a trainer´s name used in the report, I will always use the name “Joe” for privacy reasons. Here is the trainer´s update on how Kasey is doing…

Hello Everyone, Kasey here with an update. Last you heard I was with a Foster Mom who took me to High School every day. It was really cool. I then returned to the ranch to work on some more advanced tasks. Well after a few months at the Ranch, Josh and Spencer wondered if I liked little ones. So Guess What? I got to go live with a Foster Mom who owns a Child Care Center. My new task would be to let the little kiddos use me as a pillow to read books and play video games. Let me tell you, it is a VERY EASY TASK FOR ME!! I love it! It is super cozy to have cute little humans lie all over you. I just need to work on how long I stay without worrying about where my Foster Mom is, or if I would rather watch TV. I LOVE to watch the television. Especially Animal Channel. It gets me very excited.  Maybe a little too excited. My Foster Mom also brings me grocery shopping, her friends houses, and the gym. I can hold my Down/Stay the entire hour she works out on crazy machines.  Honestly, I just take a nap while she does all the hard work. (P.S. Please don’t tell.)  I am still working on my focus, my heel, and my excitement around cats. Well, I need to go find a little kiddo who would like a cozy dog pillow. Bye for now, Kasey (08/24/2020)

Fleur

Fleur

DOB: 12/30/18
Standard Poodle
San Diego Ranch

Hi everyone! It’s Fleur! It’s been a long time since my last update, and a lot has changed since then… I’ve had the best of times and met the best people! First, I finished my time at the prison, I was ready. I knew all the tricks they were supposed to teach me, and it was time to say goodbye to my trainers. Goodbyes are always a little bit hard, but when you are a Little Angel in training like me, it only means you are a step closer to meeting your FUREVER hooman! So, although they are sad, they are a little bit exciting too. After leaving the prison program, I spent some months with a foster. She was SO nice! I loved my foster momma! My siblings foster moms and mine were friends, this means we still had playdates, and we even celebrated our first birthday together!! We had the best pawty EVER! We had birthday hats and even a cake and presents! I loved my foster mom, she helped me a lot with my training, and she helped me to learn how to handle my emotions in the real world. Then, it was time to say goodbye again… a little bit sad but a little bit closer to the goal! Now, I am on the final stage of my training. I met my Trainer Girl and flew from San Diego all the way to Boston. Finally, we arrived at Sky Valley Ranch! The trip was a big adventure, but I did great! I love the ranch and playing with the other doggos! Sometimes I get a liiiiiittle too excited and let out a big WOOOF, sometimes even howl… Trainer Girl says this is not good service dog etiquette, and that I need to learn to be quiet. Maybe as I get used to playing with the other puppers I will get better at this. My training is going well! The basics are solid and I even went out in public and did GREAT!! I only had eyes for Trainer Girl. Spencer was being a liiiittle bit annoying and trying to distract me. But guess what?! He couldn’t. Another day, I went to the preschool, there I met A LOT of tiny hoomans! I LOOOOOVE tiny hoomans! I was very gently with the kiddos and gave them ALL the kisses! I still need to work on confidence and touch. If I am standing and I’m not in the heel position, I get SO confused! I don’t know what to do with my long legs and my big body to get back into position. So we are practicing. I am learning some new advance tasks too! These tasks are SO much FUN!! I get to spend time on my Trainer Girls lap; I thought I was too big for that, but if she says it’s okay, I’m good with it! I LOVE it! I am also learning A LOT of mobility tasks! These are THE MOST fun! Trainer Girl says I am extremely enthusiastic about them. I just pounce and retrieve items, then I do fancy prance on my way back. I also know how to do dial with my paw AND my nose; I can open and close doors gently, using my sniffer. And I also like to use my sniffer when I am doing down stays, but Trainer Girl is not so happy about those. Stays are my least favorite trick right now… I would rather sniff around or go say hi. Finally, I am learning to turn on and off lights. I got the part of putting my paw on the wall, but apparently, that’s not all I am supposed to do… I just can’t find the switch. I guess I need to keep working on that one, so I can help my hooman with the lights someday! Come back to find out if I’ve figured it out soon! Love, Fleur (03/16/2020)

Kira

Kira

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

Hello! It’s Kira! My life has had a 180° change since my last update. I finished my training at the prison, had to say good bye to my trainers and fly to the ooooother side of the country, all the way to Bartlett, New Hampshire. When I arrived here, I started living with Trainer Girl. It was a little tough at the beginning… There were so many new things, the environment was so different from what I had gotten to know inside the prison. I was extremely freaked out by cars and doorways. I didn’t want to look or walk close to Trainer Girl’s car let alone get inside it… Same thing with doorways; I tried to run away from them. And the biggest problem was I wouldn’t take treats when I was stressed and it was really hard to get me motivated, so it was hard to make progress at the beginning. Despite all these, Trainer Girl said I was a very sweet girl! And since then, I have made lots of progress. I went to spend some time with a foster, and there, with patience and love, I got my act together. I had the opportunity to get used to living in a home and slowly get more comfortable in new environments. Eventually, I got the car under control and now I hop in and out of the car without any problem! I can also walk through doorways no problem! Once I got the car under control I started going on field trips. Foster Mom and I had so much fun together! We went to the movies, restaurants, appointments and even a festival!! I am back with Trainer Girl now. At the ranch, I have so much fun! A few weeks ago, we had the arrival of new dogs, they are so tiny and fluffy… I LOVE them! I love to play with them, but I am also always gentle and careful not to hurt them because they are so tiny. Trainer Girl says I am so sweet and she is happy with how I am performing. All the basics are great except for down stays; I need to work on the staying part (that part is no fun, but don’t tell Trainer Girl I said that). I love to help to bring things to trainer girl, at first she asked me to retrieve easy things but now I am getting so good that we are practicing ADVANCE retrieval!! You know what that means? It means I am learning to pick up objects that are not as easy to get, like a credit card! But I am getting the hang of it and I always try to do it with a gentle mouth. The only downside in my training right now is I am “too distracted”, Josh says I will listen to my handler but I won’t give them focus. He says this is important for a service dog to do. So he gave Trainer Girl and me some homework, we have to do distraction training in pet stores. It sounds like fun to me! We’ll see how it goes and let you know. Come back for my next update soon! Love, Kira! (01/13/2020)

Kolby

Kolby

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

Hey guys! Kolby here! A lot has changed since my previous update. I didn’t just get out of the prison program; I took a flight and moved all the way to the other side of the country and now I am living in New Hampshire! The trainers say I respond well to all my basic obedience commands, especially in a non-distracted environment. I do understand what they want from me, but there are so many things in the real world that sometimes I get overwhelmed. Trainer Girl told me it’s okay to get overwhelmed or startled sometimes, the important thing is that I recover. She tells me I’m safe, and all these new things are nothing to be scared of. We are working really hard on confidence building so I can start performing better in distracted areas and eventually going on field trips. We still have a lot of work to do… especially with cars. Cars seem very scary to me… All the other dogs tell me going for a car ride is super fun, but for now I don’t even want them near me. Trainer Girl is helping me overcome my fear. We are taking everything very slowly but still building my confidence little by little. Give me some time and I’ll learn to be comfortable in cars – maybe I’ll even start to enjoy them! Love, Kolby (11/15/2019)

Darbi

Darbi

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
New Hampshire Ranch

Hey everyone! It’s Darbi! Right after my last update, I went to live with my foster family for 4 months. And let me tell you, I have made a lot of progress over the last few months. When I was with my foster family, we practiced all my tricks and went to lots of really cool places! One day, we even went to Fenway Park in Boston to watch the Red Sox play!! It was SO much fun! After all this practice, I am doing well with ALL my obedience and now I am learning how to alert and dial. But my absolute favorite is to bring things to Trainer Girl! I LOVE carrying things around and bringing them to Trainer Girl, it doesn’t matter what it is I have to carry! On top of being very good at doing this, I am always careful to hold things very softly in my mouth and put it softly in Trainer Girls’ hand! I love it so much that Trainer Girl didn’t have to teach me that trick called “leash”. I figure it out on my own. In fact, I even do it when I’m not asked! If Trainer Girl calls me, I offer full service and pick up my leash, bring it to her and put it right in her hand! I think she loves the extra effort, and it’s really fun for me. Win-win! I am also doing well with out of sight down stays. At first, when Trainer Girl left the room, I wanted to go find her. I just wanted to be near her in case she needed me. But then, I realized that when Trainer Girl says “stay”, it means that what she needs me to do is to stay right where she left me, and if she needs me, she will call for me, and then I can pick up my leash and be ready to help! You might remember I didn’t like to be in my crate AT ALL. That has gotten better as well! Now I can enjoy my quiet time in there, BUT if other dogs are playing outside, I want to be with them. I still have work to do in learning to be “quiet!” as Trainer Girl says when I bark, but progress is progress and I’m sure I’ll keep getting better! Come check in soon and see what new games I’ve learned! Love, Darbi! (12/16/2019)

Atti

Atti

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
Hello everyone! It’s Atti! Summer is over, and beautiful, glorious fall arrived! Never in my life had I seen so many different colors in the trees, the mountains looked like a mosaic in the most beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow. It was almost as if every leaf was a flower! Now the landscape has changed again, and all the leaves are gone… Just like the seasons, I’ve changed a lot since my last update! I’ve grown A LOT; I am getting SO big I needed to be upgraded to a size medium vest! Foster mom said the small one was beginning to look like a crop top. After living with my foster mommy for 3 months, it was time to go back to the ranch with Trainer Girl. I loved all the work foster mommy and I did together! She taught me so many important things… from basic obedience, heel and DPT, to how to behave in public and be comfortable in different situations and surfaces. Thank you foster mommy; I’ll keep practicing all that you and Trainer Girl have taught me so I can graduate one day! Once I was back at the ranch, I worked with Trainer Girl for an entire month. We discovered a game I LOVE! She says it’s called retrieval, but I think its called GET IT!! When she says get it, I help Trainer Girl pick something from the ground and bring it to her. I still need to work on heel and further consistency with my obedience. But Trainer Guy Josh says I have good potential! I am learning to focus and rely on my handler when I get a little stressed. I’m also learning to control my energy, especially when I’m excited because Trainer Girl says I can be very wiggly. After staying a month in the ranch, it was time to go back out with new fosters. I’ll keep working to reach my full potential. Come back check on my progress soon! Love, Atti (12/06/2019)
Winnie

Winnie

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
New Hampshire Ranch

Hi world! It’s Winnie again! I have great news to share! Remember I told you I did NOT like being in my crate? Well, I finally learned to relax and enjoy my crate time! Trainer Girl says I am doing AMAZING! Like if I was a completely new dog! I just lay down and relax! No drooling and no barking! This might not sound like much for a 1-year-old doggo; however, this was very hard for me to learn. I used to HATE my crate, and I made sure everyone knew about it, telling them as loudly as I could. Trainer Girl and my foster momma tried all they could think of! They tried all the tricks and even started crate training again as if I was an 8 weeks old pupper. Nothing seemed to help. Until last month, one last tricked made magic! I just needed to have a buddy close by to be able to relax! I guess all of us can use the help of a friend from time to time, right? Talking about friends, I have a lot of them! 2 legged friends and 4 legged friends. I stayed with my first foster momma until October, we had a lot of fun and she taught me a lot. Then, I spent all my time at the ranch, we got lots of snow and I loved playing with all the doggos in the play yard! But, out of aaaall the doggos, there is one kind I absolutely LOVE! Tiny puppies! Playing with them is the best! I am always very gentle though. Finally, at the end of last month, I went to spend some time with a new foster. I already like her, and I’m sure we will have a ton of adventures together. But if you want to hear about those, you’ll have to come back and read my next update! Before I say goodbye, I need to update you on the most important matter. Training. My training is going great! My basic obedience is great, and now I know some of the advanced tasks too! My favorite is advance retrieval. Especially picking up Trainer Girls pouch with all her important stuff in it or her keys! I feel SO important and helpful! I can’t wait to be able to do this for my furever hooman one day! I also love doing DPT and being with my Trainer Girl! Alert is the harder advanced task I’ve learned so far. I think I do it more than fine, I get excited and do a DOUBLE alert using BOTH my paws. But apparently, I am only supposed to do it with one, or at least that’s what Trainer Girl says. She says even though she loves the excitement, I need to learn to use only one paw. I’ll work on that… It is not all fun on the training doggo life, my LEAST favorite trick is to stay. I think it is THE MOST boring task in the world, especially when there are so many fun things to do around… They expect me to ignore all distractions and toys!! TOYYYSSS!!! I LOVE toys! But I guess practice makes perfect, and we’ve been doing a lot of practice. The good part is if I am a good girl, then I get to play with the toys! That part IS fun! Love, Winnie! (03/21/2020)

Brady

Brady

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
East Coast Prison

Hello everybody! My name is Brady! I am part of the East Coast Prison Program along with some of my siblings and we are part of the New England sports litter. We just turned 6 months old a few days ago, and I’ve been training at the prison for 4 months already! I can’t believe how fast time has gone by! That must mean we are having fun, right? Being a service doggo in training within this program is a lot of fun; I get two trainers just for me. We can go on walks and see the animals on the farm, I can play with my brothers and sister during breaks, and of course, I am learning A LOT of new tricks! My training is going well, I am working on the details of my basic obedience, and I started training some of the advanced tasks like DPT and alert!  My trainers were impressed by how fast I started picking up these new things! If you had seen me, you would have thought it’s easy! The hard part comes when the more independent and stubborn part of my personality comes out. At first, I learned to take advantage of how nice my trainers are, but after Boss Man was here in January… I don’t know what he did, but man! My trainers became even more stubborn than I am! So it’s not as fun anymore, and now I am a good boy all the time! Fine… maybe most of the time! They say they’re just shaping these traits and when they come to be needed (because they CAN be very helpful), I’ll be ready to shine! I can’t wait for this moment – but until then, it’s all about learning to listen. Come back to find out how all the listening is going! Love, Brady! (03/10/2020)

Tessie

Tessie

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
East Coast Prison

Hello everyone! My name is Tessie. I’m part of the New England sports litter, and I’m also learning all my tricks at the East Coast Prison Program. I am a beautiful, smart lady! I am the only girl pupper in the prison right now but don’t worry, I manage well between my brothers and the boys! I love playing with them (dogs and hoomans too), and they even got me a special girly collar with flowers print!  I LOOOOVE IT! And nope… I am not getting spoiled. It’s just that my trainers are in love with me! It’s not only because of how cute I am, but I also have an amazing personality and I’m super smart! My training is going AMAZING! My heel is perfect, even off-leash! My sits and downs are pretty good, my stays as well – I can hold them even when there’re BIG distractions around and when I do make a mistake, one correction is all I need to go back in track. Last time Boss Man was at the prison, he started teaching us more advanced tasks, and I picked up on them SUPER fast! I can even go get my vest, leash, and other advance retrieval stuff! There’s still a lot of practice and details to work on, but he said I am way ahead in my training! I feel so proud of myself and my trainers! I’m so grateful for all they teach me, and I love them so much! Our training is going so well that we started going out on field trips. We have been to town, to the ocean, and even went to an airport! We did not get on the planes, BUT we walked around the airport, got on the bus and looked at the planes! Those things are huge and noisy! There was also a lot of people and new objects and sounds, it was the best place to practice all my training, AND I rocked it!! I just kept looking at the planes and imagining the day I stop being an in-training service doggie to become a real one! Graduation day! And then I’ll fly home with my fur-ever hooman in one of those big planes! Can you imagine that day? I’ll keep working very hard and learning all my tricks so I can be the best service doggie when that day arrives. Love, Tessie! (03/10/2020)

Peanut

Peanut

DOB: 11/17/19
Golden-Doodle
New Hampshire Ranch

We have some amazing fosters that have sent us an update on how their pupper is doing, and as we have done in the past with dogs that are in the prison program, I would like to continue updating the dogs in their trainers’ words. There´s something special in the relationship a foster creates with their dogs. I’ve loved reading these updates, hearing the affection the fosters have for their dogs and having a deeper insight on the lives of our service dogs in training when they are growing, learning, and going on adventures with their foster families, getting ready for their VERY important job. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Here is the trainer’s update on how Peanut is doing…

Hi! My name is Peanut! I’m a very funny guy with a big personality and lots of character. you will never wonder what I’m thinking because I show exactly how I’m feeling through my facial expressions and very active eyebrows.

I’m not a barker but I will talk to you if you have my breakfast. I never talk to other dogs on walks even though they talk to me. I love being with my human at all times, making some kind of physical connection is really nice for me and of course, I always love a good cuddle.

I need something in my mouth at all times. Foster Mom thinks it’s a phase but I keep telling her it’s not a phase mom! This can be helpful for her sometimes but most of the time it’s just fun for me.

I LOVE sticks and doing yard work with the foster fam.; hanging out under the umbrella at the beach; and chilling with my foster cat siblings at home. I try to play with them but they give me the cold shoulder most of the time. I’ll keep trying. One of my favorite toys is my tail. I have been trying my hardest to catch it but haven’t had any luck. My other favorite toy is my peanut that my foster mom fills with peanut butter! I love it almost as much as she loves THIS peanut 🙂

(08/26/2020)

Eleven (Ellie)

Eleven (Ellie)

DOB: 08/30/19
Labrador Retriever
New Hampchire Ranch

We have some amazing fosters that have sent us an update on how their pupper is doing, and as we have done in the past with dogs that are in the prison program, I would like to continue updating the dogs in their trainers’ words. There’s something special in the relationship a foster creates with their dogs, I’ve loved reading these updates, hearing the affection the fosters have for their dogs when you read their description and having a deeper insight on the lives of our service dogs in training when they are growing, learning and going on adventures with their foster families, getting ready for their VERY important job. I hope you enjoy them as much I did. Here is the trainers’ update on how Ellie is doing…

Woof-woof, hello my name is Ellie, although I also go by Ellie-Mae, Ellie-Belly, Ellie-Belly Baby girl… but my real name is Eleven! Funny story about that one… Netflix sponsored my training and named me after the character 11 from Stranger Things (although the first few months I was known as Baby-girl, I guess it was a tough decision).

It has been a long journey; I was born in California and took a long plane ride and then a long car ride with my Trainer-girl up to New Hampshire. From there it was another long car ride to Massachusetts where I have been staying with my Foster Family doing lots of training and visiting some pretty interesting places like Boston Children’s Museum and Science Museum, Roller Skating, Beaches, Movie Theatres and Arcades but the most interesting place to visit was the high school where my Fosters work.  Always something “different” happening at that place!

Throughout it all I have learned how to behave in all sort of situations.

I have tons of fun playing fetch and taking long walks but my most favorite thing to do is swim in the pool.  It took me a while to get up the nerve to jump in but once I did; I didn’t want to come out.

All of these trips, activities and play-time have really helped me to learn the tasks to be a good worker.

Basic Skills are a breeze!

I am able to push and pull to open and close cabinets and drawers including my kennel door and can be in a down stay for lengthy periods of time (although I really want to get up and play).  I have learned to alert carefully using my paws, can dial an ADA phone pad and can brace to assist in helping to get up. I am still learning to pick items up and bring them to my Fosters; I currently like to pick up my vest, leash, and bowl on command but sometimes I try to get them to chase me– fun!

I do very well when walking or interacting with my Foster kid.  When I have my vest on, I try to stay as close to his wheelchair and carriage as possible and am very careful when he asks to say hi to me with a “paws up”.  When that vest is off though, we tend to cause some havoc… I have so much fun playing with him, he lets me do some things that the other Fosters won’t; which tends to get us both into a bit of trouble. We’re both learning though.

I really enjoy playing and have a ton of energy. I love playing with other dogs and kids.  I look forward to car rides because you never know where we’ll end up.   Our daily adventure always ends with “Quiet-Time” and a belly rub before bed.

(09/12/2020)

Maya

Maya

DOB: 07/27/19
Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

We have some amazing fosters that have sent us an update on how their pupper is doing, and as we have done in the past with dogs that are in the prison program, I would like to continue updating the dogs in their trainers’ words. There´s something special in the relationship a foster creates with their dogs. I’ve loved reading these updates, hearing the affection the fosters have for their dogs and having a deeper insight on the lives of our service dogs in training when they are growing, learning, and going on adventures with their foster families, getting ready for their VERY important job. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Here is the trainer’s update on how Maya is doing…

Hi! I’m Maya! I am one of the labs donated by Stofer Labs. I am a very friendly girl, with an even temperament. I arrived at Sky Valley Ranch in January.  I hung out at the ranch learning lots of cool stuff and playing in the snow until I went to live with my foster mom in May.  Because of this Covid thing, all the foster moms and dads have a weekly zoom call where they learn new things to teach us. I have learned sooo much cool stuff to help my hooman someday. My favorite job is to get my vest every morning for our walk. If my foster mom lingers too long over her morning coffee, I get the vest by myself to move the process along. I love retrieving and I set off the car alarm every time mom drops her keys. We have been really focusing on Paws Up and alert and am learning to do signal as well.

When I am on a break, I have a ball in my mouth. I love playing fetch in my foster’s back yard.  I love going to the beach and playing fetch and swimming at the same time. After this, I need to take a bath but it is worth it, I’ll even let them use the blow dryer on me.

We have started going out for more outings, and I love working. I have been practicing boundary control at the local coffee shops and have met so many nice people who want to help with my training.  I love grocery shopping and going to Home Depot.

I am a nut in the morning, and if my foster dad doesn’t close the bedroom door tightly, I’m going to jump into the bed for snuggles. They tell me this isn’t allowed, but I can’t figure out why? Who doesn’t love bed snuggles? My mom says I need to practice being calm in the mornings.

I can’t wait until I meet my forever hooman. Love Maya

(08/26/2020)

Bene

Bene

DOB: 11/17/19
Golden-Doodle
New Hampshire Ranch

Hello everybody! My name is Bene! If you can’t figure it out by my name, I’ll tell you, I am part of the Benebone littler. And I am a good boy! Last month I left San Diego and I flew on a plane across the country to get to New Hampshire. Can you believe it? This tiny fluff in training has already flown on a plane! And guess what? I rocked it! Every single person in the plane was in love with me, I just enjoyed the attention and then took a nap. In Sky Valley Ranch, I got to meet LOTS of new doggos and be part of a new pack! At first, it was a little bit scary being the tiniest pupper in the play yard, but I’ve made a lot of friends and now I have so much fun! In Sky Valley, I also got to meet my pack leader, Trainer Girl Alaina. She says I learn extremely fast! But I think it is easy learning new things when you are also getting treats. My favorite trick so far is opening doors. Apparently, that’s something that you learn when you are older… Maybe it is just one more sign that I was born to be a service doggo. I can’t wait for the day I am a REAL service doggo and have my own forever hooman! But for now, I went to spend some time with a foster and explore the world. Come back to hear more about this good boy adventures soon. Love, Bene! (02/29/2020)

Snickers

Snickers

DOB: 09/20/19
English Cream Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

Hi! I am Snickers. I am part of the candy theme litter. After leaving mom, I started Service Doggie School at Little Angels San Diego Ranch. However, not long after, some of my siblings, other doggos, some trainers and I made a road trip, and now we are continuing our training in New Hampshire. I have been living with a foster since February, and I am doing amazing! Right now, coronavirus is forcing us to stay home. But before this, I got to go watch dance practice weekly and go to work with my foster. I really enjoyed doing these things. We still get to go to the grocery store, and this is great practice for me to get more comfortable in new environments. New environments can be scary sometimes, but the more practice I get, the better I feel. Even if quarantine has changed our routine, my training has not stopped. There is nothing that can stop me from meeting my fur-ever hooman one day! Come back soon to hear about my life in quarantine. Love, Snickers (30/04/2020)

Archer

Archer

DOB: 08/28/19
Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

We have some amazing fosters that have sent us an update on how their pupper is doing, and as we have done in the past with dogs that are in the prison program, I would like to continue updating the dogs in their trainers’ words. There´s something special in the relationship a foster creates with their dogs. I’ve loved reading these updates, hearing the affection the fosters have for their dogs and having a deeper insight on the lives of our service dogs in training when they are growing, learning, and going on adventures with their foster families, getting ready for their VERY important job. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Here is the trainer’s update on how Archer is doing…

Hi! This is Archer checking in. I’m a fun loving BIG handsome, yet sensitive Yellow Lab. I’ve been doing such a great job with my downstays. I’ll let you walk into another room, say words that sound like ‘okay’, and I still won’t budge until you actually say ‘okay’. When I’m not working, I love playing fetch with my tennis balls, and finding big sticks and showing them off.  I LOVE staying cool during the hot summer days by swimming. After swimming I am the best-behaved boy and stay very calm while I’m getting a bath! (08/26/2020)

Lollipop (Lolli)

Lollipop (Lolli)

DOB: 9/19/19
Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

Hi! My name is Lollipop, Lolli for short. I am part of the candy theme litter, and let me tell you, I am as sweet as a lollipop. I am a sensitive girl, I guess you could say I am just a big love! After an exciting road trip, I got to Sky Valley Ranch at New Hampshire, where I got to know the snow and my Trainer Girl. However, I have spent most of my time with fosters. I am learning lots of tricks to help my hooman someday. I LOVE to learn, and I enjoyed going to work with my foster at a Ski Shop. Now the snow is gone, and Foster Mom and I are staying more in the house, she says we are in lockdown. I am not sure what that means but I don’t mind being at the house with her, we practice my tricks and I get more chances to try to counter surf and hop up on the couch, foster momma says I am not supposed to do any of these things. Shhhh, do not tell Trainer Girl! Love, Lolli (30/04/2020)

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Kaylynn

Kaylynn

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

Hiiii! It’s me… Kaylynn! It’s been a while since my last update, last time you heard something about me I was still training in the prison all the way on the east coast. After I was done with my training at the prison program, I traveled to Sky Valley Ranch. And let me tell you, this place is something else! It’s so beautiful here!! I’ve been here for almost 8 months and I LOVE it! I live with Trainer Boy Spencie, I LOVE my Trainer Boy. Sometimes, he likes to pretend he is really tough, but he lets me see his soft side. He is always telling me I am a VERY, VERY sweet girl, and he tells everyone about how I love to be right next to my person (I can’t wait for the day I can be right next to MY FUREVER person). The other day he told Josh that I am constantly improving, they said I am doing very well with my training. YAYYY!! I have all my psych tasks and I am also doing well with mobility tasks. Now I am working on “about-face” WITHOUT luring; when we are learning a new task the trainers help us to understand what they need from us by using a treat to move us into the right position, but once we start understanding the task, we have to do it without the help of the treat. But don’t worry, I still get the treat at the end! Boss Man said I am a little slow to perform commands, but I know them all. I even do well with distracted down stays! I do need to work more on consistent heel because I can get a little distracted. They also said I am a very sensitive girl and somewhat submissive, so during these months, we’ve been working on busting up my confidence. They said that’s why he is so nice to me, that my training should be primarily positive reinforcement and that the goal is for me to love everything around me (see what I meant when I told you about his sensitive side?). Although it’s true I still get spooked sometimes, they say it’s VERY good that my temperament is not nervous, that I’ve been constantly improving and that I recover quickly and work through it when I do get spooked. They even said that if I keep improving like this, and if we can fix the spooking part, I should be able to finish up in a few months!!!! You know what that means?? I am almost ready to meet my furever hooman! For you, my furever hooman, I promise I’ll keep working hard so we can meet soon. Come back to check on my progress soon. Love Kaylynn! (04/21/2020)

Kramer

Kramer

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

Heeeeello everyone! Kramer here! I know it’s been a long time since you heard something about me, I was still in the prison program. But luckily, I come back with some good news for you! It’s been around 8 months since I got to Sky Valley Ranch and I joined Trainer Boy’s Spencer pack. Since the moment I arrived, Trainer Boy said I seemed like the most confident of all the East Coast K’s; I am very food motivated, playful, I love to learn and I’m excited to work. None of that has changed since the moment I got here. I am patient but can also be distracted easily, and I can be pretty stubborn as well. My body language can be hard to read, sometimes my trainers don’t know if all my energy comes all from excitement or if there is a little nervousness in there as well. Regarding my training, I LOVE DTP (that might be because I love to be close to my handler and I love to please), but I was a little nervous while heeling when I got to New Hampshire. I needed a lot of confidence-building and a lot of practice on distractions. I was also very flighty when something spooked me, especially large objects moving around me; but I did pretty well with loud noises. Don’t worry yet, I told you I had good news. Surprisingly to my trainers, I have done very well in public, I actually get LESS spooked and my obedience is good when not stressed – the problem is that when I do get stressed, which at first was kind of easy, I shut down. Since my first outing, I’ve improved a lot. At first, I was still jumpy, but much better than before, the nervousness while heeling became excitement, and then, I just needed to work on responding more calmly. Then, as time passed, I improved even more! Trainer Boy said I am really pulling it together! I have been working on seizure tasks and doing great! So now it is just a matter of keep getting calmer, getting used to being in public and all the things I can find there. I heard the trainers say that after that, I might be getting matched with my furever hooman!! Isn’t that exciting? I still have to work on heels, down stays, and the rest of my training. But the good thing is I keep getting better and better, I get less nervous, less spooked and when I do, I recover quickly. AND I am happy to work! I am also working on mobility tasks like dial, doors, and vest, I am doing very good at retrieval. Bossman said he expects me to learn the rest of it quickly. I think, after the lockdown is lifted and I get more practice in public, I will be ready to go in no time! For now, I’ll work on getting perfect on all my tasks! Come back to hear how I am doing soon! Love, Kramer (04/25/2020)

Autumn

Autumn

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

We have some amazing fosters that have sent us an update on how their pupper is doing, and as we have done in the past with dogs that are in the prison program, I would like to continue updating the dogs in their trainers’ words. There´s something special in the relationship a foster creates with their dogs. I’ve loved reading these updates, hearing the affection the fosters have for their dogs and having a deeper insight on the lives of our service dogs in training when they are growing, learning, and going on adventures with their foster families, getting ready for their VERY important job. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Here is the trainer’s update on how Autumn is doing…

Hello Everyone! Autumn here with an update.  Last you heard I was with a Super Foster Mom who took me to Medical School every day.  I then returned to the Ranch for a few weeks during the COVID Shut Down.  But quess what??? Josh and Spencer said it was time for me to go with a new Foster Mom. Jackpot for me!!…this Foster Mom owns a Child Care Center. Everyday I got to go see the kids. Let me tell you, those little people can be very noisy!!  I was very nervous and did not like to be in my crate.  Even a car ride was stressful for me.  But within a few days I realized this is a pretty “cool gig” for a dog.  My Foster Mom started working on my tasks like push, pull, vest, leash, stay, and heel. I decided it was fun to train again, and that I am actually very good at it. She even took me to the gym with her. I worked on my Down Stay while she worked on her muscles. But the best part for me was all of those kids to play with.  My favorite game is Pull. All I have to do is put a pull toy in my mouth, and the little people drag me everywhere.  It’s crazy, I didn’t even have to say please. A dogs Dream come True. Now time to go back to the Ranch for more Training. Bye for now, Autumn

After Autumn came back in July, she has been working with Trainer Girl Ashley in task training and is doing well.

Hey, before I leave, one quick update of my time at the ranch. I heard the trainers talking; they were trying to decide what is the right type of service doggie I should be! That must mean I am doing good with my training! I understand tasks like dial and vest, now they are making it harder, but don’t worry… harder only means more fun for me! I am starting from further away, and they are hiding my vest at different places now! I like playing that game with Trainer Girl. On another note, I heard the trainers say I need to work on confidence. Trainer Girl is also helping me with that. I don’t love it as much as to practice vest, but I am doing okay. We are working around scary stimuli, and I might even go back out with a foster so I can get a boost my confidence in public! That would be fun, huh? Somedays I miss going on field trips. Okay, now I actually gotta go! But come back soon to learn about how I am doing! Love, Autumn (08/24/2020)

Lupin

Lupin

DOB: 12/30/18
Standard Poodle
West Coast Prison

As we have done in the past, I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. I think there’s something special in the way they express themselves about training and the dogs. Every time I read them, it brings a smile to my face to picture the training going on, that we often do not get to see first hand. I love their openness when describing the dogs’ behaviors and how they try different techniques to work through it all. You can also here the affection the trainers have for their dogs when you read their descriptions!  When there is a trainer’s name used in the report, I will always use the name ‘Joe’ for privacy reasons. Here is the trainer’s update on how Lupin is doing…

“Lupin is a super sniffer. He has a very powerful nose. He is very attentive, smart, and a very eager big pup. He loves to explore and is greatly improving with distraction training, gaining self-control with balls and toys. Lupin now ignores cats and barely barks anymore. He has gotten a lot better at not wanting to play with the other new puppies in the program. He has moments when he jumps or whines in excitement. He also trains great by the puppies. He is attentive dog and wants to see or be near his trainer, even if it means leaving his place. Example: when his trainer is in the restroom while Lupin is in his pace, he slowly walks to the restroom until she flushes the toilet then he runs back to his place. Lupin has matured around the puppies, even guiding them while on laps. He doesn’t like to be really close to loud speakers and mic’s. His tail tucked and it took him a minute to condition him to it. At a distant he conditioned best to it, then work your way in.”

(13/11/2019)

Tek

Tek

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
East Coast Prison

Heeello world! I’m Tek! I come from Luna’s and Trawler’s New England sports litter, and I’ve been part of the East Coast Prison Program since I was 8 weeks old! I have 2 trainers that are teaching me all my tricks to become a service doggo, I love them so much! They are suuuuper nice! Sometimes… sometimes they are too nice, and I try to take advantage of them. Ups! They’ve taught me all my basic obedience, but occasionally I can be VERY stubborn and won’t listen to them. I like to play this “who is more stubborn?” competition game; however, last time Boss Man was here, he taught my trainers some new tricks and by the end of the weekend, I was back to the obedient little angel I’m supposed to be. He also said this big stubborn head of mine is not a bad thing, there are some tasks a service dog needs to learn in which this trait and having this kind of chill and do my own thing personality are a must-have! For example, tethering, during which I would have to stay right beside my handler or right where they tell me to stay, no matter where my tiny hooman is trying to go. Imagine I get to have my own tiny hooman! How cool would that be?! It can also be important to stay chill when my fur-ever hooman needs help during a medical emergency. So, it’s all about learning the time, way and place to be stubborn! The good thing is that I still have plenty of time to keep learning my tricks and manners, and my trainers are doing an awesome job teaching me all of these. Come back to hear more about my stubborn head soon! Love, Tek! (03/10/2020)

Gronk

Gronk

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
East Coast Prison

Hello guys! My name is Gronk. As you might have figured out, I am part of the New England sports litter, AND I am the biggest pupper in the litter! I am a BIG and SMART boy. Did I mention how cute I am? All the ladies can’t get enough of me, and to be honest, they are my biggest weakness too! After leaving momma, it was time to start Service Doggie School! I was so excited! Three of my siblings and I left New Hampshire to start our training in the brand-new Prison Program in Maine. I’ve been working with my two trainers since I was 8 weeks old, and guess what?! My training is going AMAZING!! Last time Boss Man saw me, he said I was THE BEST 4-month-old puppy he had EVER seen!!! My hoomans felt so proud of me and themselves, we are such a good team, and I love them SO much! They’re teaching me a lot of really cool tricks and I take them all in like a sponge! I LOVE learning new things and pleasing my people. I know to walk right beside them, inside and outside, with or without a leash, alone or with other puppers around. I love playtime with my brothers and sister, we have SO much fun together; but if my trainers call me, I know it’s time to go back to work, and I do not hesitate and run straight to them! I only have eyes, nose, paws, and ears for my handlers… well… maybe also for the occasional lady… can you blame me though? When they talk to me in that high pitch excited voice, I can’t help it buuuut melt. My trainers laugh and say I’m such a gentleman. However, even when I have my biggest temptation right in front of me; if my trainers reinforce what they are asking from me and correct me just once, I do well resisting the temptation and not falling for my biggest weakness! Sometimes I melt and squirm without breaking my stay; other times, I just ignore the ladies. When I do this, they often say I am breaking their heart. But hey! What can I do? A doggo has to do his job! On top of all the basics commands, I am working on alert, DPT, opening and closing doors, dial, retrieval, some advance retrieval, and my stays are impressive! Within a day of starting learning doors and dial, I could pull the handle, open and then close a pretty heavy door, and I could go push the button from across the room! I told you I’m a smart doggo! The biggest thing I have to work on is my attention span; I am perfect, as long as I don’t get tired. And for now, I get tired pretty fast. Boss Man says this is normal though, he told my trainers that the time I can work before I am out is going to keep increasing as I get older! Come back to learn more about me soon! Love, Gronk! (03/10/2020)

Pete

Pete

DOB: 11/17/19
Golden-Doodle
New Hampshire Ranch

Hello ladies and gentlemen! My name is Pete. I am also part of the “BeneBone” litter. Can you guess who am I named after? Right now, I am leaving at Sky Valley Ranch in New Hampshire. It was an adventure to get here! There were a lot of car rides and I was on a plane! When we arrived at Sky Valley, it was VERRRYYY cold. But the moment that Boss Man put my brother and me on the ground, it was all worth it. The ground here is very different to the ground in San Diego. It’s white! Sometimes it is dry and fluffy, and other days it’s wetter and heavier. But no matter how it is, it is always cold, and it is ALWAYS SO much fun! I LOVE it here! After a few days of getting used to the new ranch and playing in the snow; it was time for service doggie school to REALLY start. I got assigned to Trainer Boy Spencer’s pack and moved to his house. I met a lot of new doggos and made a lot of friends. Right now, I’m just learning the basics. I have a really good personality; I don’t get easily scared and I’m very friendly. I’m very excited about starting this journey of becoming a service doggo, and I can’t wait to share all about it with you. Love, Pete! (02/29/2020)

Ollin

Ollin

DOB: 09/02/19
Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

We have some amazing fosters that have sent us an update on how their pupper is doing, and as we have done in the past with dogs that are in the prison program, I would like to continue updating the dogs in their trainers’ words. There’s something special in the relationship a foster creates with their dogs, I’ve loved reading these updates, hearing the affection the fosters have for their dogs when you read their description and having a deeper insight on the lives of our service dogs in training when they are growing, learning and going on adventures with their foster families, getting ready for their VERY important job. I hope you enjoy them as much I did. Here is the trainer’s update on how Ollin is doing…

Hi! My name is Ollin! I’ve been having so much fun learning to be a service dog. I am super food motivated so I absolutely love training, but sometimes I think it would work better if you just give me all the treats and don’t make me do anything. Wouldn’t that be fun? Well it has been super fun to learn all these new tricks. I absolutely love retrieval, especially of my vest and leash. It is so much fun that sometimes I will go get them even when I’m not asked to. It seems like that should be such a good thing but apparently I’m only supposed to do that when I’m told to oh well! I’ve been taking lots of fun field trips with my foster momma and I’ve done pretty well except for when I decide that the hooman is taking too long and I want to get moving so sometimes a let out a woof but I’m working on being more patient. I am super adventurous and nothing really scares me so it has been really fun to try a bunch of new things and go so many new places. I can’t wait to see what I get to learn and do next!

(09/12/2020)

Moose

Moose

DOB: 08/22/19
Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

We have some amazing fosters that have sent us an update on how their pupper is doing, and as we have done in the past with dogs that are in the prison program, I would like to continue updating the dogs in their trainers’ words. There’s something special in the relationship a foster creates with their dogs, I’ve loved reading these updates, hearing the affection the fosters have for their dogs when you read their description and having a deeper insight on the lives of our service dogs in training when they are growing, learning and going on adventures with their foster families, getting ready for their VERY important job. I hope you enjoy them as much I did. Here is the trainer’s update on how Moose did with her AND a couple of letters that her foster and some of the people that met Moose sent to him when he was back at the ranch. There is no question this dog is already changing lives.

Hi, my name is Moose. I’m from doggie trainer Ashley’s pack. My first foster mom is Miss Mary and she owns a child care center in Hooksett, NH. I feel very lucky because I get to go to a child care center every day and there’s lots of toys I grab and chew up.  I’m trying really hard not to! Miss Mary is teaching me to bring it and give it for lots of yummy treats. I love playing and have lots of puppy energy. Sometimes I get grabby though and sometimes I bark and doggie trainer girl says quiet and I get a treat. All the kids and toys wear me out so I sleep super good. I am much too crazy around cats and dogs so I have to go back to the Ranch with Trainer Ashley to learn to Chill.

We know you can learn this.  You are a Super Smart dog, and we love you.

Thanks for spending Covid Stay-at-Home with us!!

Love all the kids from Mary-Go-Round and your First Foster Mom, Miss Mary

We miss you Moose! You made us smile and brought happiness to our lives at just the right time in this crazy world. I loved helping Mary teach you different commands. I especially loved doing the distractions. I loved being the “bad” Aunt and giving you cuddles, hugs and loved to play tug with you. We loved seeing how much you improved each week. We loved having you over and seeing your reactions to the dog statue and to our cat, Bear. You wanted to sniff him and probably play with him, but you were on his territory and he wasn’t liking it! I really smiled at seeing your reaction every time I went to see you or you came to my house or we’d meet at the school. You knew we would see each other!!

What you learned in the short time with Mary was amazing. We are proud of how far you and Mary have come in the short time you’ve had with each other. You’ve helped Mary become more confident in her ability to train.

We love and miss you Moose!!! You’re going to make someone very happy someday. You will bring someone joy, freedom and security.

Can’t wait to hear about all the great things you will do!!

Love

Aunti Linda & BigRay

(09/12/2020)

Logan

Logan

DOB: 08/28/19
Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

We have some amazing fosters that have sent us an update on how their pupper is doing, and as we have done in the past with dogs that are in the prison program, I would like to continue updating the dogs in their trainers’ words. There´s something special in the relationship a foster creates with their dogs. I’ve loved reading these updates, hearing the affection the fosters have for their dogs and having a deeper insight on the lives of our service dogs in training when they are growing, learning, and going on adventures with their foster families, getting ready for their VERY important job. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Here is the trainer’s update on how Logan is doing…

Hey everybody – Logan the yellow lab doggo here. I’ll be celebrating my first birthday this week and safe to say it’s been a pretty eventful year. I was born in California but spent most of my first six months at the Little Angels ranch in New Hampshire – learning and playing with lots of buddies, including my brother Archer. I’ve spent the last six months with my foster parents, traveling back and forth between Maine and Vermont – exploring some beaches and trails along the way.

A little background on me, I’m a very energetic dog that believes in working hard and playing hard.  When it’s time to work, I like to stay laser focused on what my foster parents need me to do, especially when there are treats involved. I’ve got a pretty strong nose and stay very alert to what’s going on around me. But when it’s time to play – oh boy do I like to play! I love to hike, run and play with other doggos. I also really love to swim – whether it’s the ocean, lakes, ponds or pools – if there’s water, I’d love to take a dip!

The hoomans have talked a lot about some “pandemic” and although I’m not entirely sure what it means, it has definitely limited my play time with other doggos and hoomans. So when I do see new people and four legged friends, sometimes I get a little too excited – but I’m trying to work on that. I also used to be a lot lankier and occasionally I forget just how big I’ve become. I’ve recently overheard my foster parents talking about some “upcoming procedure” that might help to “fix” some of my excitable tendencies.

Despite the pandemic, I’ve still had an opportunity to go to lots of grocery stores, restaurants and other places – so I’m pretty comfortable in those situations. When I go on these special outings, people are very happy to see me, often complimenting me on how good of a boy I am. While I consider myself to be a pretty independent doggo, I do like to spend most of my time following my foster parents around. Sometimes they may need my help “push”-ing a cabinet closed, “pull”-ing a door open or “dial”-ing the phone, so it’s good for me to be by their side. Also, if I do a really good job, then my foster parents will reward me with a special treat – a rawhide! Just saying the word gets me excited! (08/26/20)

Oreo

Oreo

DOB: 09/20/19
English Cream Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
Bio Cooming Soon…
Xander

Xander

DOB: 08/30/19
Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…
Jujube (Ju Ju)

Jujube (Ju Ju)

DOB: 9/19/19
English Cream Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

We have some amazing fosters that have sent us an update on how their pupper is doing, and as we have done in the past with dogs that are in the prison program, I would like to continue updating the dogs in their trainers’ words. There’s something special in the relationship a foster creates with their dogs, I’ve loved reading these updates, hearing the affection the fosters have for their dogs when you read their description and having a deeper insight on the lives of our service dogs in training when they are growing, learning and going on adventures with their foster families, getting ready for their VERY important job. I hope you enjoy them as much I did. Here is the trainer’s update on how Juju is doing…

Hi Everyone! I’m Jujube, but you can call me Juju.

If you guessed I was part of the Candy litter, you’d be right.

When I first came to live with my foster hoomans we used to go on all kinds of field trips. Then this thing called a “pandemic” happened and we have not been able to get out as much. I really don’t mind because I get to hang out with my peeps all day. My foster mom says that hopefully we will be able to get out more very soon, but until then we can work on my confidence at home.

My foster mom says that I am a very sweet, sensitive and smart pupper. She says my training is going well and that I am a fast learner.  I really like to make her happy, and well, I get lots and lots of treats.

I know all of my basic obedience commands and have been working on some of the advanced tasks like Alert, DPT, and finding my vest. I am even learning how to DIAL a phone!

I still need to work on my down stays. I am pretty good at them when I can see my foster mom and I even stay put when there are distractions, but when she leaves the room for too long I need to get up and find her.  She says down stays are sometimes hard for doggos but we will keep working on it.

Well, I have to go now… I think I smell hotdogs!  Love Juju.

(09/12/2020)

Dean

Dean

DOB: 02/07/19
Golden Doodle
San Diego Ranch

We have some amazing fosters that have sent us an update on how their pupper is doing, and as we have done in the past with dogs that are in the prison program, I would like to continue updating the dogs in their trainers’ words. There´s something special in the relationship a foster creates with their dogs. I’ve loved reading these updates, hearing the affection the fosters have for their dogs and having a deeper insight on the lives of our service dogs in training when they are growing, learning, and going on adventures with their foster families, getting ready for their VERY important job. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Here is the trainer’s update on how Dean is doing…

Hi there, I’m Dean and I am the happiest, snuggliest golden doodle boy there is! I am loyal and gentle, and always know how to cheer my people up! I am a good listener and love finding and retrieving things like keys, a phone, my leash and vest. My favorite things include playing fetch with squeaky balls and eating ice cubes. I never ever bark, and always just want a human friend to hangout with. I am so sweet and will do anything for a good belly rub or some treats!! I can’t wait to meet “my person” and help them and give them endless love and companionship as we navigate life together!

(08/26/2020)

Currently Unassigned to a Pack

Toby

Toby

DOB: 08/28/19
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Heeeeello everyone! My name is Toby. I am a Labrador Retriever pupper. I was donated to Little Angels Service Dogs by Stofer Labs. My first birthday is coming up, and I am soooo excited about it! I have had a pretty good life; playing with my siblings and momma when I was a tiny puppy, entering service doggie school, and now I am living with a foster in the Bay Area. I love being with my foster family, they teach me all the important tricks to learn to become the best service dog for my special hooman one day, they love me so much and we have a lot of fun together. Even though I’ve had a good life, I CANNOT wait to know who MY fur-ever hooman is, so we can do the best watch me’s together (which I am already very good at, as you can see in my pic) and become the best team ever. Come back to learn more about me soon. Love, Toby! (06/22/2020)

Ally

Ally

DOB: 02/21/19
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hi! I’m Ally! I am one of the labs donated by Stofer Labs. I’ve been in the San Diego Ranch learning how to be a Service Doggo for almost 3 months now. And let me tell you, being in Service Doggie school is a lot of work, but it is so much fun too! Since I got here, Boss Lady could see my potential! She said I was a patient dog, but at the same time I am always excited to work, and I am a quick learner. My training is going well, I know all basic obedience commands. And now I am working on more advanced tasks like alert, signal, DPT, push, pull and door. Although I must admit these last 3 are a bit confusing… Did you know service doggos need to learn around 30 different commands? Sometimes they sound so similar and I can’t figure out what am I supposed to do! Trainer Girl is very patient with me, I’m sure that with her help I’ll be a pro in no time! Sometimes I go to field trips with Trainer Girl. We have so much fun! We go for car rides, get to know new places, and she asks me to do all the tasks I learned at the ranch. She loves when I do all my tricks in public. There is just one thing I need to work in public: heeling. There is so much stuff happening in the world; we went to Sea Port Village the other day, and I just kept forgetting I had to stay right beside Trainer Girl. She kept reminding me, and then I went back to being focused and responsive. Trainer Girl says I’ll keep getting used to all there is in the outside world… and then it will be easier to focus. Come back to check on my progress soon! Love, Ally (11/17/2019)

Goose

Goose

DOB: 1/19/19
English Cream Golden
San Diego Ranch
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)
Ivy

Ivy

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hiiii! My name is Ivy! I became part of Little Angels along with some other doggos after our breeder donated us. I am such a lover and a snuggler! I love snuggles! But that’s not why you are here… since I got to Little Angels, I’ve learned SO many tricks! Trainer girl calls me a star student because I pick up all my service dog tricks very fast! I am such a pleaser that all I want to do is work work work. It didn’t take me long to figure out that the more I work and learn, the more food I get! Which is super yummy, food is my favorite thing ever. I love learning new things, and Trainer Girl says I am very attentive for a pupper.  Out of all my tricks, I really love my trick called pull because I get to use my mouth, and that’s fun! I am also doing very well with heel and down stays, even with distractions! And when I say distractions, I mean people jumping over me, running around me, and other dogs or chicken in the room! Trainer Girl is happy with how I’m doing with my training. She says I do all of my tasks extremely well, we even practiced off-leash heels in the field, and she says I did it beautifully! I am working super hard on my confidence to be able to get to go on more adventures outside the ranch soon. Come back check my next update and find out if I am ready. Love, Ivy! (02/26/2020)

Figgy

Figgy

DOB: 12/18/17
Bichon Frise
San Diego Ranch
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)

Duke

Duke

DOB: 7/19/19
Golden Lab
West Coast Prison

As we have done in the past, I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. I think there’s something special in the way they express themselves about training and the dogs. Every time I read them, it brings a smile to my face to picture the training going on, that we often do not get to see first hand. I love their openness when describing the dogs’ behaviors and how they try different techniques to work through it all. You can also here the affection the trainers have for their dogs when you read their descriptions!  When there is a trainer’s name used in the report, I will always use the name ‘Joe’ for privacy reasons. Here is the trainer’s update on how Duke is doing…

“I love to train and play! I am enthusiastic and fearless. I love learning all of the things that my trainer is teaching me. It makes her happy so it makes me happy and encourages me to keep doing good things. I even sit on command without being lured. Everyone leaves my room sometimes and I do not like it at all. I will bark or whine until someone comes back in. I have noticed I get out faster if I do not do this, so I am trying to stop, but I just don’t like it. Most important is that I am smart and loving. I love submissive and falling asleep in my trainers lap, she says I snore really loud. I can’t hear it so it doesn’t bug me any!”

(11/14/2019)

Joey

Joey

DOB: 02/07/19
Golden Doodle
West Coast Prison
Bio Coming Soon…
Titus

Titus

DOB: 11/03/19
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch
Bio Cooming Soon…
Diesel

Diesel

DOB: 7/19/19
Golden Lab
West Coast Prison

As we have done in the past, I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. I think there’s something special in the way they express themselves about training and the dogs. Every time I read them, it brings a smile to my face to picture the training going on, that we often do not get to see first hand. I love their openness when describing the dogs’ behaviors and how they try different techniques to work through it all. You can also here the affection the trainers have for their dogs when you read their descriptions!  When there is a trainer’s name used in the report, I will always use the name ‘Joe’ for privacy reasons. Here is the trainer’s update on how Diesel is doing…

“Diesel here, just checking in from this place they call Chowchilla. I wasn’t too sure about it at first and acted like I was shy by staying in my crate. HA! I sure fooled them, now that I feel safe and happy with my new humans, I am excited to come out and train. They say I am pretty laid back and have a sweet demeanor, whatever that means. I love to please my trainer and she gives me yummy treats when I do those things called commands and everyone loves a treat, right? She says that I make great eye contact and hold it for a long time, when I am simply willing her to give me that kibble. I even stop in the middle of puppy play time to “Come” for those treats! Train! Train! Train! I will go as long as the kibble lasts, like maybe a whole hour. And during play time I am known for doing somersaults into the middle of the pile of my brothers and sisters, but I don’t always like sharing the toys and growl a little when one of my siblings tries to take it from me. Then we lose the toy altogether so I suppose I will have to learn to share. Sometimes I jump to see all of those things hanging off the humans, I know that bag on her side is where the kibble is, but my trainer says “NO” to that. I never have potty accidents in my crate. I whine to let my trainer know that I have to go and she tells me “No” when I whine too, so I put my paw up on the crate now in the morning because when you have been holding it in all night, YOU GOTTA GO! Life here is good. Check in next month to see what’s new.”

(11/14/2019)

Hal

Hal

DOB: 10/01/19
Golden-Doodle
West Coast Prison

Hi! I’m Hal. I am one of Collette’s puppies. During my short life, I have lived with my mom and siblings, then my siblings and I moved to the San Diego ranch, and now I am part of one of Little Angels West Coast Prison Programs. I am a smart pupper, but all this learning is very tiring. Usually, after 10 minutes I am out. My trainers say that getting tired and distracted is normal for a puppy though, they say I will get better and better as I get older. Even with the short sessions of working and learning I was having at the ranch, I managed to learn my name, how to walk on my leash and watch me. Trainer Girl says I was doing well with all of these, and now I am learning a lot of new tricks at the prison program! Can you imagine the day I’m doing all my tasks for my furever hooman?! Come back to hear more about my progress soon!  Love, Hal! (02/28/2020)

Dori

Dori

DOB: 7/19/19
Golden Lab
West Coast Prison

As we have done in the past, I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. I think there’s something special in the way they express themselves about training and the dogs. Every time I read them, it brings a smile to my face to picture the training going on, that we often do not get to see first hand. I love their openness when describing the dogs’ behaviors and how they try different techniques to work through it all. You can also here the affection the trainers have for their dogs when you read their descriptions!  When there is a trainer’s name used in the report, I will always use the name ‘Joe’ for privacy reasons. Here is the trainer’s update on how Dori is doing…

“I am super smart and loving. I love to train and please my trainer. I do all of my commands without being lured at all. My trainer can even stand straight up (and boy is she tall) and she will tell me down and I go down every single time. I am learning to stay and am doing really well. I know my name because my trainer says it all of the time. I kind of like the sound of it. I love to stare at my trainer because she feeds me and cleans me and give me water, I LOVE WATER! I am very kibble motivated. I love my crate. When I am just waking up, I need a few minutes to wake completely up before I want to come out. At night when I do my last potty, sometimes my trainer will take me to see some of the Officers in the unit and I think she gets the hint now that I just want to potty and go back to my crate because I turn my face away from them and put it in the crook of my trainers neck! I just want to sleep! I have really good bladder control. I have only pottied in the crate 2 times since being here. I LOVE PEOPLE. So sometimes I get so excited when the other trainers want to talk to me and I jump toward their face. My trainer tells me “NO” and growls and I get the hint and walk away. I also like to nip my trainers hand when she is cleaning me and nip the towel. We are working on this. I am the least vocal of my siblings. Overall, I am really smart and love to train and learn. I will check in again next month.”

(11/14/2019)

Holly

Holly

DOB: 10/01/19
Golden-Doodle
West Coast Prison

Hello World! My name is Holly! I am a super friendly pupper. Right now, I am learning all my tricks and tasks in the prison program. But before I left, I was ALWAYS the first one to greet a person. Trainer Girl says I have a great personality. I’m outgoing, and nothing seems to phase me! If the other puppies got scared by a sudden noise or something, I simply observed. Come back soon to hear all about what I’m learning in the prison! Love, Holly! (02/28/2020)

Russell

Russell

DOB: 10/01/19
Golden-Doodle
San Diego Ranch
Bio Cooming Soon…
Demi

Demi

DOB: 7/19/19
Golden Lab
West Coast Prison

As we have done in the past, I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. I think there’s something special in the way they express themselves about training and the dogs. Every time I read them, it brings a smile to my face to picture the training going on, that we often do not get to see first hand. I love their openness when describing the dogs’ behaviors and how they try different techniques to work through it all. You can also here the affection the trainers have for their dogs when you read their descriptions!  When there is a trainer’s name used in the report, I will always use the name ‘Joe’ for privacy reasons. Here is the trainer’s update on how Demi is doing…

“Demi whines frequently in her crate in the mornings. Recently, she has been barking in her crate, no amount of “NO QUIET” correction will work for her. She will bark for about 20 minutes then wear herself out. Her trainer will stand over her in the crate and tell her “NO QUIET” and she doesn’t care. She is still having some potty accidents in her crate. She stops a lot when walking around so she has to be lured with “come” and kibble. She tries to chew on the rag when wiping her down. She has an awesome training threshold, great eye contact, great focus through distractions, high energy level, kibble motivated, loves water, natural calm and quiet demeanor when in play time or out of the crate, she greets people calmly. She loves being submissive on her back.”

(11/14/2019)

Dee-Dee

Dee-Dee

DOB: 7/19/19
Golden Lab
West Coast Prison

As we have done in the past, I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. I think there’s something special in the way they express themselves about training and the dogs. Every time I read them, it brings a smile to my face to picture the training going on, that we often do not get to see first hand. I love their openness when describing the dogs’ behaviors and how they try different techniques to work through it all. You can also here the affection the trainers have for their dogs when you read their descriptions!  When there is a trainer’s name used in the report, I will always use the name ‘Joe’ for privacy reasons. Here is the trainer’s update on how Dee-Dee is doing…

“DeeDee learns quickly but at her own pace. She is not afraid of anything. She shares her toys well with others, no resource guarding. She is playful when she wants to be, she very sweet. She has a very short training threshold 15-20 minutes max. She is struggling with bladder control, she goes in her crate almost every night or has to come out every night and potty. We have regulated her water and switched her potty schedule. She is stubborn and doesn’t like to walk on the leash at times. She is a very independent pup. When there is play time, she will find a corner (any corner) and lay there. Sometimes she lays in the middle of the play circle. She is very chill and laid back. She is not very kibble motivated so we have been giving her the hot dog. It works most of the time.”

(11/14/2019)

Darla

Darla

DOB: 7/19/19
Golden Lab
West Coast Prison

As we have done in the past, I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. I think there’s something special in the way they express themselves about training and the dogs. Every time I read them, it brings a smile to my face to picture the training going on, that we often do not get to see first hand. I love their openness when describing the dogs’ behaviors and how they try different techniques to work through it all. You can also here the affection the trainers have for their dogs when you read their descriptions!  When there is a trainer’s name used in the report, I will always use the name ‘Joe’ for privacy reasons. Here is the trainer’s update on how Darla is doing…

“Darla struggled with potty training, but after numerous adjusting of her water and pottying schedule, she is now making it through the night without any accidents and none during the day. She has a barking/vocal issue that we have been working on and it is also cutting back to less each day. She also likes ground surf for kibble on the floor when walking out to potty. Her watch me is great in her training and in the dog parks. She needs work while walking out to potty. She is a very happy pup. Her tail is always wagging and she has a pounce in her step. She is confident and really likes to train. She has a very good recall, even when emerced in playing with her siblings. She is super smart and gets better with every training session. She has picked up her commands really well. She likes to nip at things when she happy or excited and will take kibble really hard. Other than that she is an amazing 12 week old pup!”

(11/14/2019)

Brussel

Brussel

DOB: 6/24/19
Golden Doodle
West Coast Prison

As we have done in the past, I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. I think there’s something special in the way they express themselves about training and the dogs. Every time I read them, it brings a smile to my face to picture the training going on, that we often do not get to see first hand. I love their openness when describing the dogs’ behaviors and how they try different techniques to work through it all. You can also here the affection the trainers have for their dogs when you read their descriptions!  When there is a trainer’s name used in the report, I will always use the name ‘Joe’ for privacy reasons. Here is the trainer’s update on how Brussel is doing…

”Brussell loves all people and affection. He is great with watch me. Actually, he is good with almost all of his commands. He has a great heel and loves to be outside as long as it is not too warm. He is very gentle and submissive when playing with his sisters but can get aggressive with his brothers. He is smart, a quick learner, mild mannered the majority of the time and is eager to please. He is kibble motivated and loves to come out of his crate. He comes out with his tail wagging and will sit so you can put his collar and leash on. He will train for an hour without issues. He is getting better with his jumping on the couches and tables. He still pulls towards the dog park, any toy on the ground, and place mat lying around. He is also a ground surfer and will pick anything up so you have to watch him. He occasionally tries to play with Duke while they are in their crates.”

(11/14/2019)

Bess

Bess

DOB: 6/24/19
Golden Doodle
West Coast Prison

As we have done in the past, I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. I think there’s something special in the way they express themselves about training and the dogs. Every time I read them, it brings a smile to my face to picture the training going on, that we often do not get to see first hand. I love their openness when describing the dogs’ behaviors and how they try different techniques to work through it all. You can also here the affection the trainers have for their dogs when you read their descriptions!  When there is a trainer’s name used in the report, I will always use the name ‘Joe’ for privacy reasons. Here is the trainer’s update on how Bess is doing…

“Bess is energetic but so calm when she needs to be. She is eager to please. Very kibble motivated and enjoys training. Loves the outdoors and her walks. She has a great follow through with her commands. She is very curious. Has and amazing sit to be pet when socializing. She loves her baths and sits still and calm while her nails are being clipped or being groomed. She does great with her service dog vest, she is already learning work mode when she has it on. She has great eye contact and her heel is quite impressive for being a little guy. She focuses on whomever is holding the leash. She loves to just hang out and has great down stays. She is amazing. On the other hand, she does not like the sun. She is very playful at times and will try and jump or play with other dogs. She barks at Bree (Who is in the crate next to her) to get her to play with her. She can be a bit jumpy, she is a little jumping bean. She is finicky with her meals will always leave ½ of her food or sometimes more. Sometimes she will whine when she wants to play. Can be stubborn but gets over it quickly.”

(11/13/2019)

Rey

Rey

DOB:
Golden Doodle
East Coast Prison

Bio Coming Soon…

Leia

Leia

DOB:
Golden Doodle
East Coast Prison

Bio Coming Soon…

Chewie

Chewie

DOB:
Golden Doodle
East Coast Prison

Bio Coming Soon…

Boba

Boba

DOB:
Golden Doodle
East Coast Prison

Bio Coming Soon…

Obi

Obi

DOB:
Golden Doodle
East Coast Prison

Bio Coming Soon…

Junie B

Junie B

DOB: 04/20/20
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Brix

Brix

DOB: 04/20/20
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Max

Max

DOB: 04/20/20
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Clifford

Clifford

DOB: 04/20/20
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Lucy

Lucy

DOB: 04/20/20
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Kuzco

Kuzco

DOB: 04/20/20
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Butler

Butler

DOB: 6/24/19
Golden Doodle
West Coast Prison

As we have done in the past, I would like to continue updating the dogs in the prison program in their trainers’ words. I think there’s something special in the way they express themselves about training and the dogs. Every time I read them, it brings a smile to my face to picture the training going on, that we often do not get to see first hand. I love their openness when describing the dogs’ behaviors and how they try different techniques to work through it all. You can also here the affection the trainers have for their dogs when you read their descriptions!  When there is a trainer’s name used in the report, I will always use the name ‘Joe’ for privacy reasons. Here is the trainer’s update on how Butler is doing…

“Butler is a fast learner, very kibble motivated, he has a long threshold for training and staying out, he is good at heeling on a flat collar, he plays well with other puppies. He is the cutest with his downs, he lift his front paws up off the ground and goes into a down with gusto. He whines in his crate when he wants out or is just being put in for a few minutes. He is a bit stubborn when walking outside on his gentle leader.”

(11/14/2019)

Daphne

Daphne

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
West Coast Prison
Bio Coming Soon…
Electra

Electra

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
West Coast Prison
Bio Coming Soon…
Twix

Twix

DOB: 9/19/19
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…

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