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* 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.
If you are able to help us in this cause, please visit our
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San Diego Trainers

Dominique’s Pack

Posie

Posie

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

Hello world! It’s me, Posie! I am doing great. I know all my basic obedience, as well as many advanced tasks. Now I am in the last stage of my training, so I get to specialize! Since I love tiny hoomans, the trainers thought I would make the perfect autism service dog, and if I must be honest, I LOVE that idea? Can you imagine having your own tiny hooman! UFFF I think that has to be every dog’s dream. My training for these tasks is going great! The very first time I did tether training, I was not a fan. I was afraid of the bag and tried to run away; however, that was short-lived, and I quickly started to ignore it. A week later, I was already doing great, the other hooman was adding pressure to my vest, but that did not keep me from doing what I knew I am supposed to. My response is to try to keep up with my Trainer Girl. On search, I am doing really well. I LOVE it! I get to have SOOO many hot-dogs! It is the best game ever! (And I am not saying it because I always win.) So far, I have just been looking for the hot dogs, but I heard the trainers talking, and I think I will be ready to start looking for my tiny hooman’s scent soon! Isn’t that exciting? If I get this excited over the scent, I can’t imagine what I will feel when I hear about our first meeting! But a lot has to be done before. First, I need to get spayed and medically clear, then I have to take a well-deserved vacation. And after that, I still have to finish up my training. My commands are great at the ranch, but I still have to get better at search and tethering, and then I have to be able to perform them in public. And field trips, I need lots and lots of field trips, I need to get more comfortable and confident while out in public. Sometimes, when we are out in public, I try to hide behind Trainer Girl. She tells me I don’t have to worry and helps me overcome all my fears! She always ends up very proud of me, because even though I can get scared, I always recover and keep working. She says the more exposure, the more confident I’ll get and the less new things will scare me. It is a strange world out there, but I think she is right. I am learning I’m safe as long as I am with her, I don’t need to hide behind her. I’m becoming braver and hiding less and less. The other thing I need to practice in public is heeling; I either try to lean on Trainer Girl, or I try to walk with the trainer ahead of her. We’ve been doing lots of heeling exercises in the ranch to help with this and to build my confidence. We practice things like off-leash heeling in the field and heeling with a wheelchair, or with someone following us in a wheelchair. And I am doing awesome at all of them! Except for one thing, I discovered I love to playfully mouth my handler hand. However, there is a problem; the trainers don’t like it as much as I do, so we are trying to come to an agreement on it. Come back soon, I think I will have good news to tell. Love, Posie! (10/09/2020)

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)

 

Drew

Drew

DOB: 7/19/19
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

Hi! Bailey here! Last time you heard from me I was a pupper in the prison program. Now I am continuing my training in the San Diego Ranch, here I met my Trainer Girl, Dom, and we’ve been working very hard. When I started training with Trainer Girl, we had some communication problems. I had finally gotten used to the head halter after all the work I did with my trainers at the prison, but Trainer Girl was using a different tool, and I was not listening to her. After a zoom session with Boss Man, he advised us to go back to the head halter and then transition to the new collar. Boss Man could see I knew the commands, and I was choosing not to listen. I can be very stubborn when I want to. Remember when I used to throw myself down or stop and ground in the middle of walking because I didn’t like the head halter? Hahaha, that was funny. Now my heel is awesome! Even using the big girl collar! But I found something else to be stubborn with, stays. I just don’t like to stay; it is boring. The problem is Trainer Girl can be very stubborn too! I heard her say she will keep being consistent. I’ll tell you who wins this stubbornness match on my next update. Besides heel and stay, Trainer Girl and I have been working a lot on my body control. I am such a big girl now, and sometimes with all my energy, Trainer Girl says I can be all over the place. So we are trying to improve this. Sometimes we train before playtime, so I learn to control my energy and my body. But when I reaaaally need to focus to learn something new, I train the hard tricks after exercising, so I can be all business. Overall I am responding well, I still have lots to learn and lots to mature; but soon enough, I’ll be ready to go on field trips, and before we even know it, I’ll be working next to my fur-ever hooman! Ugh, I can’t wait… Love, Bailey (09/27/2020)

Micah

Micah

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

Skelly

DOB: 08/22/19
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Jasper

Jasper

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

Holly’s 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)

Ruby

Ruby

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

Hi! Ruby, aka Rubes here. It’s been a few months since you last heard from me, but some things haven’t changed. Trainer Boy says I am just as sweet and beautiful, I still have lots of energy, love treats, and am very confident. Trainer boy says I don’t shy away from much at all. And according to Trainer Boy, the best part is most of the time, I am looking into my trainer’s eyes waiting for a command or a treat. I love looking into my handler’s eyes, but I cannot wait to be looking into my fur-ever person’s eyes with these beautiful brown eyes.

My training is looking awesome, I do my commands very well. But being an energetic lab, I need to keep working on body control. Sometimes I get a little too motivated, and instead of following the treat during touch, I am hopping trying to get it! I just love my treats! But Trainer Boy explained to me that I will get the treat faster if I do things calmly and with more precision, instead of fast and floppy. So we are working on being calm during touch, DPT, and also to sit and down right beside my Trainer Boy. I am very responsive, but I need to be more precise. A few months ago, I started learning sniff, and Trainer Boy was impressed at how fast I picked it up. He said I learned it faster than the other dogs! The same thing with pull, I picked it up rapidly and impressed Trainer Boy. What can I say, I am a very smart doggo… My biggest challenge is self-control around other dogs; even though I have worked a lot on this, I still want to say hi sometimes. To help with this, we are doing lots of field trips around other dogs. I think this will help me. My willingness to work and stellar focus is still there; I just have to get over this distraction to become the great service dog I know is inside me. Come find out if I finally overcome this soon. Love, Ruby! (10/06/2020)

 

Tola

Tola

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

Hey world, it’s Tola again! I am a healthy doggo. I had my health clearance done a couple of months ago, and I passed! The vet said my hips looked GREAT! My training is going well too. I am a good girl, but I have too much drive, and sometimes I can’t control it. I love to chase balls, butterflies, lights, and shadows. And I don’t really like to stay. Trainer Boy says I break my down stays too much, but it is only because I want to be closer to him. I am the kind of doggo that thinks it is worth it to get corrected if I get even a little closer to my Trainer Boy. Boss Man says I have potential, I am a confident doggo, I know my commands, and I’m very responsive. I just need to learn self-control… to help me with this, the first and biggest challenge I have to master is down-stays. It may seem like an easy task, but it teaches us SO many skills we need to be a GREAT service dog. As I told you, I kind of enjoy breaking my down-stays, and I can be pretty stubborn. But Trainer Boy is not letting me get any reward if I break my down-stay. I can’t even get closer to him! I am starting to think he can be more stubborn than me. And that’s a lot to say!! Now I am living with a foster. We are practicing my commands and working on my self-control. She told Trainer Boy I am good with step downstairs, know alert, sit, down, travel well but do you want to know what is the task she says I do best? TAKE A BREAAAK!!! Hey! Maybe if I get it all out of my system, I can focus and control myself better after… I will keep working on this, and after I get it right, it will be no time before I am playing ball with my furever hooman! Come back to read my next update soon! Love, Tola (10/12/2020)

Ezra

Ezra

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Junie B

Junie B

DOB: 04/15/20
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Clifford

Clifford

DOB: 04/15/20
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Tori’s Pack

Archie

Archie

DOB: 02/11/19
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)

Ally

Ally

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

Hi! Ally here! I am excited to tell you all about my progress. It has been a while… There has been a lot of changes in service doggie school, now I am working with Trainer Boy Jared. I love him, and I think he loves me too! I heard him say he thinks I am cute! But don’t tell the other girls. My training is pretty solid, and I am very confident, even in public. When I first started going on field trips, I found it hard to focus, but practice makes perfect, and I am getting there. Now I listen well and am attentive to what Trainer Boy wants. He says I am majorly undistracted, except at pet stores… There are so many toys, yummy foods, and smells that my nose just gets a life of its own, I become very sniffy. So… I guess I still have some practice to do. I also have to practice heeling with a cart; I am good most of the time, but sometimes I pull a bit. However, my basic obedience and heeling are awesome. We used to practice off-leash healing around the ranch, and my trainer said I rocked it! I did it perrrrrrrfectly! I was doing so good that they consider keeping me for breeding, but in the end, the hoomans decided I have a little too much energy for that. Could you imagine all the crazy puppers running around the ranch? It would have been fun. But I am happy I’ll get to have my hooman and help them every day. I heard Boss Man talking, he was saying it is time to start looking at my natural abilities for advanced tasks! After I get all my medical procedures done, it is going to be time to look more seriously at placement. For now, I am spending a lot of time with Trainer Boy; he is taking me home with him because I don’t like living in the kennel. I love playing with his dog, and together we will figure out what field is the best for me to specialize in. Isn’t that exciting? Talking about excitement, that is one thing I have to work on. As I’ve told you already, my obedience is solid, but before I can get to work, I need to let my excitement out; I hop high, run, and fly. Once I settle, I am all business; but Trainer Boy is telling me I need to learn to save all that excitement for that moment when he says the three magic words, “Take A Break!” I will work on that, and hopefully, next time you hear from me, I am going to be learning my advanced tasks for my fur-ever hooman! Come back soon! Love, Ally (09/30/2020)

Buddy

Buddy

DOB: 04/15/20
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Lucy

Lucy

DOB: 04/15/20
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Kuzco

Kuzco

DOB: 04/15/20
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Murphy

Murphy

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

Hi Everyone! Murphy here! I am over a year old now, and I’ve grown into a big boy, strong and confident. Remember on my very first session, my trainer said I wasn’t very motivated and was a bit lazy? Well, that is definitely not the case anymore! I have a lot of drive, and I am very willing to work! The problem now is that I am a little too excited… I can be a little wild and have a little too much energy. But Boss Man says I have the perfect build to be a mobility dog and do you know what that means? I get to play fetch for a living!!! Isn’t that awesome? I would get my very own hooman, I would get to help, and on top of that, I get to have the most fun! They say I am definitely a natural retriever, and it seems like I REALLY want to work. But wouldn’t you want to work too, if you are being useful and having fun? I don’t even think that should be called working… Even though we have already established that I am a natural, I gotta practice retrieving perfectly; So for now, we are playing lots of fetch, but structured fetch. I gotta think a bit more while doing this, but I still love it the same. The trainers say this will help me as an outlet for my energy, so I can later be calmer and learn self-control. To improve these, I am also practicing out of sight down stays, and I am learning to walk right beside my trainer. These last ones are a little bit harder for me, but I am doing okay. I remember when my doggo friends told me the trainers are super smart and always find a way to make training more fun. I must admit I wasn’t sure, but they were 100% right! Now training time is the best part of my day, the only way it can get better is if I would be doing it with my fur-ever hooman… Ugh! Someday… Love, Murphy! (11/18/2020)

New Hampshire Trainers

Kat’s Pack

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! A few weeks after my last update, I went out with a foster. However, that didn’t last long… I was a naughty doggo… I liked to pretend I didn’t listen to them, and I really enjoyed doing the barks through the front window. Foster mom was not happy, and I had to come back to the ranch. I think she talked to Trainer Girl as well because she was not happy either when I came back, she had a long talk with me, and we went back to training together. After 2 months, I was ready to go back out with a different foster. This time I remembered all that Trainer Girl said and tried to be a good doggo. I had a good time with my foster; my training was going good, I was happy. I still struggled to get my barks under control and keeping my focus, but there was progress. Fast forward to today, and I have my barks under control!! Well, at least ALMOST under control… I don’t do big girl barks anymore, but sometimes I softly whine when I want something. Apparently, this isn’t allowed either… the trainers ask me to be quiet when I do this. At first, I got annoyed. I wanted to be heard! But I am starting to realize being quiet is the right way to make myself heard. If I am obedient AND quiet, I get the treats, the ball, or playtime sooner than if I am noisy and obedient. So I am working hard on this, cuz I like getting all the treatos! I am still working on my impulse control and my interest in small animals. I don’t know if you know this, but here in Sky Valley Ranch, we have plenty of those! And I’m not talking about little doggos or puppers; we have two rabbits and SIX kittens! They all like to hop and play all over the place, and I just can’t help but get distracted… But really, can you blame me? Trainer Girl explained I gotta be able to focus, or at the very least regain my focus when she talks to me… because one day, it will be my fur-ever person that needs me and is talking to me, and I gotta be paying attention and ready to help. I can’t be looking at the squirrel passing by… When you put things into perspective, it makes sense. I got worried I couldn’t get past my interest in small animals, but Trainer Girl says it is all a matter of practice, and she will help me through it! Isn’t she the best? Right now, she helps me wake up using the treatos, and we are also doing lots of impulse control exercises. I am doing well resisting treats, even though I love them. But the toys have proven to be a bigger challenge. I can be very stubborn sometimes. But talking about stubbornness, this is not always bad! Boss Man was saying that this trait might be key to determine which path my career will take! It might mean I get to have a kiddo of my own! And we will get to have stubbornness contests! It sounds like so much fun!! For my future tiny hooman, you better watch out kiddo! Because I will NOT let you win on any stubbornness contest, doesn’t matter if it is hide-and-seek or tethering. But I promise you, we will be the best friend ever! United by walks, paws ups, playtime, and food (but don’t tell mom). Love, Fleur (11/17/2020)

Kolby

Kolby

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

Hey guys! Kolby here! It has been a while since my last update; this time has been full of new experiences, learning, and training. I am writing this today very proud of myself, full of good news.

I must admit when I wrote my last update, I was kind of a mess. I knew my obedience commands. However, all the changes and stimuli in the real world (outside the prison) were too much for me. I would get startled, overwhelmed, and anxious. I was TERRIFIED of cars. At one point, I thought I was not going to make it. But after lots and lots of confidence-building with my former Trainer Girl, I started to get better. Then we started working towards being focus on new environments until I was ready to go out on my first field trip! Trainer Girls was SO surprised! She said I did great out in public! She felt like I was tricking her all along, but, I couldn’t have done it without her!

After that, everything started going uphill. I was not bothered by anything, and I was very confident. During field trips, I walked next to a cart perfectly; I sometimes got distracted, but I was able to focus back on my trainer quickly. Going out in public was so much fun! I regained my love for work. I was performing my tasks quickly and excitedly. I even performed my advanced tasks out in public. If you drop my leash, I pick it up and give it to you before you even realized you dropped it.

I got SO excited to work that then we had to work on doing them calmly and only the tasks I was asked, without rushing and offering them all at once. Eventually, I was able to channel my excitement.

I started learning more and more advanced tasks. My favorite kind is mobility tasks. I learned to open and close doors, bracing, and retrieving whatever you want. Since I was doing so good, I got introduced to a new vest, it is called a bracing harness, and only some special doggos get to wear it. I heard it took some getting used to, but I love it! I love retrieving it and wearing it.

There were only a couple of advanced tasks I was struggling with. Dial, I love to do it, but I have to be consistent with actually hitting the button. The same with turning the lights on, I can turn them off every time, but turning them back on requires more precision and focus, and I was too excited for all that detail. Finally, bracing, I pushed back well, but Boss Man said I am not allowed to sit on each pause. After fine-tuning these three tasks, I was golden. Obedience was perfect, even SUPER distracted down-stays, and advanced commands were just as good; on top of that, you could see how much I loved it. But there was one thing worrying Boss Man… This COVID thing happened, and even though my training didn’t stop, my socialization did. We were not allowed to go out for the longest time. Luckily, at this point, there were a couple of fosters going out in public, so I went to spend some time with one of them. I got lots of exposure to new environments and did really well. Now I am back at the ranch to finish up my training and will be ready to go.

I can’t believe I am almost ready to meet my furever hooman! I hear the trainers talk about one new hooman a lot when I am around. I think they are figuring out who is my perfect match! I am so excited! Love, Kolby (09/29/2020)

Darbi

Darbi

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

Hey everyone! It’s Darbi! I have the BEST NEWS EVER, fresh out of the oven! On Tuesday, we had pack testing with Boss Man. In case you don’t know, pack test is when Boss Man comes to see and evaluate how we are doing with our training, we get to show all our tricks and progress, and if we are struggling with something, he plays with us and gives our trainers ideas to overcome the challenges. Well, back to what I was talking about, yesterday at pack testing, I heard Boss Man said I am ready for placement!!!! I will be a REAL service dog! And the most important part, I will meet my fur-ever hooman! Aren’t those the best news ever? I am very confident, I am great with all my tasks, I am a pro at down stays, and I am very calm while working. The hoomans just want to do a few final tests out in public with me and fine-tuning a few of my tasks, so when I finally meet my person, I am perfect! To my fur-ever hooman, I hope you feel as excited as I do when you hear I am ready for you, I promise to keep doing my best. I can’t wait to meet you! Love, Darbi! (10/02/2020)

Atti

Atti

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

Hello, world! Atti here! It a good day here in Sky Valley Ranch; I am going back to Service Doggie School. I got spayed at the beginning of the month, and after a couple of weeks of vacation to recover, I am more than ready to get back to work! These last couple of months, I have been working very hard on 2 tasks. Well, I don’t know if working is the right word… I love these tasks; they are more of a game to me. They are called “search” and “tether.” Can you guess what kind of dog I am training to be?  I will be an autism service dog! I will get to have my own tiny hooman! I am so happy about this! I cannot wait to meet MY tiny hooman. We will be best friends! Do you want to know something cool about autism service dogs? We are one of the lucky ones that get to know a little bit more about their hooman before the big day arrives, and we finally meet them! When we get good enough at playing search, we get introduced to our hooman scent! I am past this point in training and let me tell you, I love that scent already! I cannot wait to meet and love the rest of my kiddo! I am working very hard for that to be sooner rather than later. My training is going really well; after my vacation, I need a little bit of reinforcement on the basics, but the trainers told me I don’t need to stress too much because I should pick it up quickly. And regarding the 2 especial tasks, I already told you I love that scent and search is going very well. Tether is a little bit harder for me. I have to keep up with my handler while someone else is trying to distract me and keep me behind. At first, I struggled with lagging behind from the tether pressure, but then, Boss Man Josh suggested to make it more fun for me, they helped me get very amped, excited, and motivated. That worked wonders! Now that I am back in training, I will be a priority dog for Trainer Boy Spencer. Hopefully, I will start going out in public soon, and I’ll be ready not too long after that. I can’t wait for that moment, but for now, I gotta go train. Love, Atti (10/02/2020)

Brady

Brady

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

Hi! Brady here! It is almost time for winter to be back, can you believe it? Time goes by so fast! It has been almost 6 months since I graduated from the prison program. I did great with my trainers and the foundations of basic obedience; by the time I got back to the ranch, I was no longer a tiny puppy. I weighed 72 lbs! I am a big boy now! And as all service dogs, I had to go to the vet to get “fixed” soon after I came back. At first, I thought that was not fun at all, I didn’t think there was anything to fix… But it was not entirely bad, the fun came after! I got a 2-weeks vacation being extra spoiled! I couldn’t play outside with all my friends, BUT I got to spend lots of time with Trainer Girl in the house and leash walking around the ranch. Even though I was on vacation, I still had to walk right beside her, so I got lots of practice and did very well… except when I got distracted by outside things like people, dogs, or small animals. Ugh! Distractions… Distractions are my weakness… Boss Man says I need to work a lot on focus. I am doing well with advanced tasks, but it is always distractions that get me. So a lot of my training these days is a mixture of advanced tasks and distraction training, sometimes even at the same time! I like to work, but I love my people. Trainer Girl says I am very attached and needy, and my Foster mom says I am a very sweet boy as well. Because of my personality, the trainers mention I could be good for seizure. And because I am a big boy, I could be good for mobility! I wonder what kind of service dog I will be… Maybe I will get to be both! Time will tell… whichever it is, I just want to meet MY person, love on them, and help them every single day. So, I’ll keep working on my focus and impulse control. I guess counter surfing is not allowed either… But with the help of the Trainers, Boss Man, and Foster Mom, I will learn to control myself when it’s time to work, and maybe even when there’s food on the counter. I know I can. If you believe so too, come back to read my next update soon. Love, Brady! (11/09/2020)

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

Greetings everybody! Bene here! It’s been a while since my previous update, and some things have changed… I am not a tiny fluff anymore. Well, I can still be fluffy but definitely not tiny… I came back to the ranch after spending time with a foster, and no one could believe how big I’ve gotten! I am HUGE! But still just as adorable. Even though some things have changed, some things never do… I am a very happy and goofy boy! I love being around my trainer, and I love to work. I’ve learned lots of tricks like alert, down, stay, sit and heel. You could also say I am lucky because I was living with a foster during this pandemic. I got to play with the tiny hoomans and went to many different places. I love getting to know new places; however, I don’t love the car rides to get to these places… I get very stressed. The other doggos are telling me I shouldn’t worry about them. They say I will get used to them. Some of my friends even say they LOVE car rides!! Maybe they are right and I’ll get used to them, but for now, I think they are crazy! Now that I am back at the ranch, I got to meet my new Trainer Girl! Her name is Kat, and I love her already!! We are spending a lot of time bonding and just reinforcing and improving what I already know. She is also helping me with my car rides issues. She is doing positivity training in the back seat (meaning lots of treats for me), and we will be doing short car rides around the ranch until I start feeling more comfortable. I hope that with her help and lots of treats, I overcome my fear… I am training to become a psych dog, so I need to learn a new task called “paws up.” I love learning new tricks! It means lots of treats! And this trick is the best! On top of the treats, I get to be extra close to my hooman! It reminds me of when I was a puppy and I could sit on people’s lap. I also need to practice my heel and just to chill. I can be whiny in my crate, I am very interested in the cats, I sometimes pull while doing heel, I have trouble staying down, and I get overexcited at first when I am let out of my crate. I am a good boy, but Trainer Girl says I need to chill… I will work on that and let you know how this good boy does. Love, Bene! (10/16/2020)

Spencer’s Pack

Kaylynn

Kaylynn

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

Hiiii! It’s me… Kaylynn! A lot has happened since my last update, so get ready! I graduated and went to live with my recipient, but it turned out we were not made for each other… so I came back to the ranch in September. The trainers have been working with me, and so far, it is going great! I found my mojo again and regained my love to work. I am very obedient on and off-leash, and my confidence is high. The trainers tried to spook me using a big umbrella, moving a chair over my head and even with some loud, sudden noises when I wasn’t paying attention and passed with flying colors! No fear! At the moment, I am spending some time with a foster. We are practicing my commands and also going in public to practice my service dog etiquette.

Coming back to the ranch was hard, especially after I thought I had met my person. But at the same time, I was so happy to see my Trainer Boy Spencie again. He helped me realized that coming back to the ranch was not a bad thing… it did not mean I was not made to be a service doggie. It only means I still need to find my perfect match. A lot of people have invested time and effort into my journey. I was born in a loving home. I had trainers at the San Diego Ranch and then trainers in the prison program. I have traveled across the country. I have Trainer Boy Spencie, Boss Man Josh, and many fosters that have loved me, taken care of me, and taught me everything I need to know to be the perfect service doggie. And I know that dog is in me! I am a good girl! I can get the soft side of people to shine, even of “tough tough” Trainer Boy. I am a VERY VERY sweet girl, and I just want to be right next to my handler. I am smart and obedient. I have a good temperament and have worked through all the challenges in my path. I’ve learned to use my sensitive traits to my advantage and worked through every spook I have. I’ve improved so much, and I will be the perfect service dog for my hooman.

That is what I really want, to be right next to MY FUR-EVER person and help them each day. I have a feeling that day is not too far off! And I am sure this time, it will really be a match made in heaven. To my FUR-EVER hooman, I’ve worked very hard to get to meet you, and now more than ever before, I can’t wait to be you. I promise to keep working hard, improving my tasks, and gaining confidence. Love, Kaylynn (11/18/20)

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

Hi All! It’s been a long time since you last heard from me, and lots of things have changed since. Remember when I was just a puppy; I was new to the ranch, still trying to figure out wizarding school… I remember looking up to the other dogs; they knew all these cool spells! It seemed like it was going to be furever before I could do something as cool as that. Well, time has passed, I have gotten so big, now I am one of the pros! I am getting ready for graduation! Do you know what that means? It is almost time to be with my tiny hooman, and I now know my own set of cool spells. My favorite? Search. I basically play hide and seek with the trainers. They think they are very sneaky when they try to hide from me, but they don’t know I am a super sniffer with a very powerful nose. I must confess, sometimes I still try to use my eyes to find them, but when I can’t see them, that nose of mine gets to work! And no trainer has a shot after that! It is a very fun game to play, and I get lots of hot dogs every time I find them. I’ve become so good that recently, we started playing when we go out in public. I must admit this is a little bit more challenging. There are so many smells and distractions, but I’m working hard to get better so I can be with my kiddo. When I finally meet that kiddo, there is not going to be one disappearing act she plays on us that I won’t be able to fight back with the spells the trainers are teaching me. On top of search, there are a couple other advanced spells I am learning. The ones I practice the most are tethering and bedtime. Bedtime is a very special spell they are teaching to me just for my girl. We are gonna use this spell on her to help her fall asleep. For now, I must practice on the trainers; I think I am doing a good job because every time I finish the hoomans say they feel so relaxed and sometimes even sleepy. I am still perfecting it though; I have to keep the pressure steady and hold it for longer. But after I have completed my training, that kiddo is gonna be having the best dreams of her life: full of 4 paws little angels, and wet kisses. My obedience is good, and my manners in public are too. I think if I keep up the hard work, I’ll be ready for the big day very soon! For my future girl: I can’t wait to meet you, love you, play, and train with you. I am trying my best to be the best service doggie for you! Love, Lupin! (09/27/2019)

Tek

Tek

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

Heeello world! Tek again! I am doing gooood! I have a very happy go lucky personality. However, my training has been a little slow these last couple of months. After coming back from prison, I was not very confident with all the changes and was having a hard time focusing. I was timid and submissive. So, the priority was to bring back the happy boy in me and boost my confidence. After spending a couple of weeks of just bonding and confidence building, I started feeling better and better. Within 2 weeks, I had had a complete turnaround. I was no longer fearful in any capacity. I passed all the temperament tests, even the scary ones like popping an umbrella, and I even enjoyed playing rough with Boss Man. The very happy go lucky boy in me was back! It was time to get back into serious working mode. But to make sure I didn’t lose my spirit again, we went slow, at least that’s what I made the trainers think I needed. We started doing some training, but Trainer Girl was just using verbal correction. I did well, but you remember what happens when my hoomans are too nice? The stubborn side of me comes out… remember how stubborn I was at first when I was at the prison? I used to give my trainers at the prison a hard time. But once again, Boss Man caught up to it, and he taught Trainer Girl a few tricks. If you keep the right balance between dry corrections with no emotion and very excited praise, I work as an angel. Now that we are on the right track, it’s time to really train! I am a little bit behind in my training, but sometimes we gotta work on ourselves before being able to shine. So come read my next update soon, because I am ready to shine! Love, Tek! (11/09/2020)

Gronk

Gronk

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

Hello guys! Gronk here. A lot has changed since my previous update, and a lot hasn’t… I graduated from the Prison Program in June. I had so much fun playing, learning, and training with my siblings and hoomans there. But it was time for new challenges, and I was ready for them. I got to Sky Valley Ranch and met Trainer Girl! Girl! Do you remember how much I loved females? Well, that hasn’t changed. I am still Gronk, after all.

With her, I’ve been training for the past couple of months. We’ve worked very hard on my excitement; even though I might look like a big boy AND I already turned one, I am just a big pupper. My biggest challenge is being able to contain my energy and excitement. And once I get excited, I also get distracted… Boss Man says having firm structure is key for me, but that doesn’t mean firm corrections… because I always want to please, so a verbal no is all I need.

I am a happy dog, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE to work. My mobility tasks are PHENOMENAL. But apparently, I love working too much, can you believe there is such a thing? I get so excited about doing and accomplishing a task that I have trouble recovering. My excitement is so high, I start to run through my list of commands trying to impress the hoomans. Boss Man says it is great I love to work and am such a smart doggo. He even says I am going to be a GREAT mobility dog one day, but first, I need to calm myself.

Trainer Girl and I have been working hard on this. Learning body awareness, learning to control my energy, working on settling down after finishing a task so I can be ready for something new. And there is already some improvement, although I still have a lot of improving to do.

I have to work on self-control especially hard around excited women. It has been my weakness since I was a puppy, and it is still my downfall. That high-pitched voice is just like music to my ears… But I need to learn to hold myself together even at these times. I will learn to be strong, I’m telling you, I’ll do it. But you have to know this. I cannot wait to meet MY furever hooman… Imagine if I get matched with a girl!!! Oh, I would love her so much! And if I get a man, I will be the best wingman! On top of being the best service dog, of course. Ugh, either way, I just can’t wait! But gotta learn to chill first, so come back to hear about my progress soon! Love, Gronk! (11/09/2020)

Pete

Pete

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

Hello ladies and gentlemen! Pete here! When I wrote my first update, it was wintertime here in Sky Valley Ranch. Everything was white and cold. Seasons have changed, again and again, right now it is fall time. It is so beautiful, but the best part about fall is that we get to play in the leaf piles. It is so much fun! However, the weather is getting colder and colder again; I think the white fluff will be back soon! I can’t wait!

But let’s go back to the important stuff…  The reason you are riding this. My training. It is going VERY well! And when I say VERY, I mean it. I will be turning one next month, and I think I heard the trainers talking about my possible match! It is not often that a dog is ready to graduate service doggie school this young! I feel very special! Like I was born to do this! I can’t wait to be working next to my forever hooman every day.

Since I was a puppy, the trainers were amazed by my personality and confidence, and I have not disappointed with my training. Trainer Girl Ashley has done a good job working with me! And we’ve had so much fun at the same time! At first, we had to work a lot on the basics; I used to be very distracted and a little bit wild. I am very food motivated and driven, so with Trainer Girls help, I’ve come a long way. I started getting calmer and calmer during DPT, and my commands were more controlled; I got better body awareness and was able to be much quieter with my body. I started consistently using only one paw to alert.

After I mastered all this, it was time to learn the advanced commands. So now, I am learning boundary control. I already understand the concept, but now I have to keep practicing until I can be fluid with it instead of robotic. I started going on public field trips because I need to be super confident in all situations. And to help with that, I am going out with a foster. I’ll keep practicing my commands, so they only keep getting better and better, and we will explore the world and build my confidence.

To my furever hooman, I promise to keep working hard so I can be the BEST little angel for you! I cannot wait to meet you, and I think it will be sooner than I thought.  Love, Pete! (10/17/2020)

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…
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)

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

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)

Audrey

Audrey

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

Hi! My name is Audrey. This is my first time writing here, but I’ve been around for a while now. I will turn one next month, I have grown a lot, and Boss Man says I am looking really good. I listen to my commands well, but you can definitely still see the puppy in me. I am floppy, but Trainer Boy tells me I should not worry about this. With some time, growing up, and his help, the floppiness will go away. My best command is alert, and I also do heel well. The heel command was a hard one to learn, you have to stay focus on your handler at AAAALL times, and you have to walk at the same pace as your hooman. Hoomans can walk very fast at times, especially when you are tiny and want to investigate the area at the same time… so I struggled with lagging behind at times, or I also used to wander when heeling. But now I am doing much better! Do you wanna know how I improved so much? Well, first of all, a lot of training… That is what service doggie school is for; we practice, practice, practice, and learn so many things. And second, treats, lots and lots of treats; I LOVEEEEEE food. Maybe even a little too much. I am food motivated when working, which makes working so much more fun! But I also eat VORACIOUSLY if you let me, I will eat as I’ll never eat again. Trainer Boy says this is not good for me, and that I don’t have to worry, I will always have enough food, but I just LOVEEE my food so much. Currently, I am working on my floppiness and improving DPT and touch; because sometimes during touch, I just stop and do a down instead of keep following the treat. So, practice, practice, practice. Come back soon to learn more about me and how my training is going! Love, Audrey! (10/12/2020)

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)
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)

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)

Pipper Puppy 8

Pipper Puppy 8

DOB: 11/16/20
Golden Lab
Still with momma

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Pipper Puppy 7

Pipper Puppy 7

DOB: 11/16/20
Golden Lab
Still with momma

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Pipper Puppy 6

Pipper Puppy 6

DOB: 11/16/20
Golden Lab
Still with momma

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Pipper Puppy 5

Pipper Puppy 5

DOB: 11/16/20
Golden Lab
Still with momme

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Pipper Puppy 4

Pipper Puppy 4

DOB: 11/16/20
Golden Lab
Still with momma

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Pipper Puppy 3

Pipper Puppy 3

DOB: 11/16/20
Golden Lab
Still with momma

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Pipper Puppy 9

Pipper Puppy 9

DOB: 11/16/20
Golden Lab
Still with momma

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Pipper Puppy 2

Pipper Puppy 2

DOB: 11/16/20
Golden Lab
Still with momma

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Pipper Puppy 1

Pipper Puppy 1

DOB: 11/16/20
Golden Lab
Still with momma

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Mae Puppy 6

Mae Puppy 6

DOB: 11/03/20
Labrador Retriever
Still with momma

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Mae Puppy 5

Mae Puppy 5

DOB: 11/03/20
Labrador Retriever
Still with momma

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Mae Puppy 4

Mae Puppy 4

DOB: 11/03/20
Labrador Retriever
Still with momma

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Mae Puppy 3

Mae Puppy 3

DOB: 11/03/20
Labrador Retriever
Still with momma

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Mae Puppy 2

Mae Puppy 2

DOB: 11/03/20
Labrador Retriever
Still with momma

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Mae Puppy 1

Mae Puppy 1

DOB: 11/03/20
Labrador Retriever
Still with momma

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Rey

Rey

DOB:
Golden Doodle
East Coast Prison

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Leia

Leia

DOB:
Golden Doodle
East Coast Prison

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Chewie

Chewie

DOB:
Golden Doodle
East Coast Prison

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Boba

Boba

DOB:
Golden Doodle
East Coast Prison

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Obi

Obi

DOB:
Golden Doodle
East Coast Prison

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Maple

Maple

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

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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)

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
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Electra

Electra

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
West Coast Prison
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Twix

Twix

DOB: 9/19/19
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
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Nelson

Nelson

DOB: 4/30/18
Golden-Doodle
San Diego Ranch

Hello everybody!! It is time for an update! I know it has been a while since you last heard from me, but I am coming back with good good news! I had been very busy with training, training, and training! First, I graduated from the prison program; and since then, I’ve been spending almost all my time with fosters. But now, I am back at the ranch permanently. Do you know what that means? It means I am almost ready to GRADUATE! To meet my FUR-EVER person and become a REAL service dog! Last month, when I arrived at the ranch and had my first evaluation with Boss Man, he was impressed. He said I looked AWESOME! And he wasn’t talking merely about my handsomeness, but my training and temperament as well! In fact, I did so well that Boss Man said I was the top priority now! That means for this past month, I’ve been training extra hard, going on lots of field trips, and exploring what disability I am better suited to help. It’s been lots of work but also lots of fun! My favorite task is DPT, and the newest trick I am learning is “signal”, which is to alert with a boop from my nose instead of my paw. I liked alerting with my paw, but Trainer Girl says I am a big boy with heavy heavy paws, so it was time to adapt! I love learning new things, and who doesn’t love a nose boop? I am very easy to handle and am always trying to please, so I don’t need many corrections. I feel like I’m ready to be a real service dog more and more every day! I cannot wait for the day I meet MY person! Come back soon for an update; I might have even more exciting news! Love, Nelson (11/09/2020)