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

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

Little Angels Service Dogs can take up to two years before they are ready to give independence to someone with a disability, depending on the dog’s personality and what tasks they will need to perform.

Our dogs go through three phases of training.

PHASE I:

Each dog is placed with a foster who trains the dog daily and takes them on weekly field trips for public  socialization. Our dogs are only placed with fosters who have had extensive training from our instructors, with regular follow-up to ensure each dog’s success. Fosters keep the dog for a maximum of two months before bringing them back to our ranch for assessments. The dogs interchange between living with fosters and staying at our ranch to receive well-rounded socialization with the opportunity to be evaluated by our staff regularly. This is advantageous for the dog because it allows them to be loved in a family environment similar to the one they will be placed in with their handler, while also receiving professional training and kenneling. This helps prevent the development of problematic behaviors. While at the ranch the dogs work with our experienced staff, as well as trained volunteers, before returning to a new foster home environment. This process allows the dogs to live in a variety of home settings with several different fosters. The goal is to have the dogs experience everything from children, to cats, to traveling. Everyone’s home is different and our dogs get to experience it all. Before a dog graduates it has received a minimum of 600 one-on-one training hours by up to forty different trainers, fosters and volunteers.

PHASE II:

After a dog graduates from Phase I of training, they stay at the ranch while our experienced trainers complete their training for their future recipient. The loving volunteers say goodbye to their doggy-apprentice and bring them to live at the Little Angels Ranch full-time, where they receive lessons each day to perfect their advanced obedience and specialized assistance tasks.

PHASE III:

It is time for the Little Angels Service Dog to meet their new best friend, the person they were destined to help. This is a very exciting time – the disabled party has waited months, and sometimes even years to finally receive their companion. During Team Training both dog and handler learn to work together as a team. This is usually a two week process with lessons everyday. Before too long, they are as close as any two souls can be, with a lifetime of companionship before them.

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As you can see, there is a lot of work that goes into each service dog that leaves Little Angels. We rely heavily on financial support in order to provide these dogs. We are a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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San Diego Trainers

Jen’s Pack

Jordan

Jordan

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hey y’all! It’s Jordan! I have THE BIGGEST news for this update! I MET MY FUR-EVER HOOMAN!!! I am ready to become a REAL service dog!!! You read that right; I am going to be a REAL SERVICE DOGGO! I am SO excited! I met my furever hooman last Tuesday and it was love at first paws up! I was more than happy, I wanted to give her ALL the kisses! She came to the San Diego Ranch; and for the next 2 weeks, with the help of the trainers, we are getting to know each other and learning how to become a team. For now, she comes to the ranch every day so we can practice. BUT next week we are going to go out in public for the first time! And after our second field trip, I will go to the hotel with her! We won’t have to say goodbye ever again! By the end of the 2 weeks, my hooman and I will have our graduation. I’ll be officially a REAL SERVICE DOGGO, and we will be the BEST TEAM! Trainer Girl Jen and I have worked so hard for this moment and she says I am ready now. Thank you to all my trainers and fosters, for teaching me how to be confident, how to behave in public, how to focus on tasks in public and all the other good things that will help my hooman. It’s been an incredible journey but, to my furever hooman, the best is yet to come! Love, Jordan! (11/17/2019)

Charlee

Charlee

DOB: 1/19/19
English Cream Golden
West Coast Prison
Hi Everyone. My name is Charlee! I am at the ranch in San Diego now! I love being here and working with Jen to learn how to help hoomans. I’m busy learning the tricks for basic things that will help a hooman like sit and stay and come and down and even my name. I’m also learning things that will NOT help a hooman and Jen wants me to stop these things. I get REALLY excited to see people and so I jump up on them when they come near me! It’s so hard to stay down when I get so excited! Do you know why this is not a good thing for a service dog to do? Imagine if I was a dog to help someone with their balance. If I jumped up on them every time I saw them, I could knock them over and they could get hurt. I would feel so sad if I hurt my hooman even by accident. I also found out that I have a voice! It barks-especially when I am in my crate. I just want to make sure the trainers all know I am there and do not forget about me. So I bark to remind them. They tell me quiet and no. I am not supposed to bark.  I guess that is one thing I will have to work on while I get older. Please come check in on my again soon. Love, Charlee. (06/10/2019)
Ally

Ally

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

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

Poppy

Poppy

DOB: 12/30/18
Standard Poodle
West Coast Prison
Poppy has now moved to the men’s prison program for training. For these updates, I am going to use the words of the inmates training 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 Poppy is doing…

“Poppy with her easy going self is surprisingly doing better with the head halter but there are still times she wants nothing to do with it. We are working on that. I have brought up that the head halter will be used on the dogs even after they leave here so with all the dogs they have to wear it even if they don’t like it at first. Joe is doing fun games with Poppy so she enjoys the training. He is going in and out of the tables where she is to lose sight of him, then he will suddenly pop back up where she can see him again. So the hide and reappear game is working with getting her to  stay. As far as get it and give it and when we drop something like kibble or her favorite toy, she is doing better about focusing on what is asked of her. There still will be times she wants to play and not work. We need to work on that. When we say it is time to work it’s time to work. Poppy is doing better and better everyday.”  (06/14/2019)

Kendal

Kendal

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hi All! It’s Kendal! Remember last time I told you about the scary van? Well, the trainers are the smartest hoomans! They made the scary van become the yummiest place to be by putting a bowl of food closer and closer to the van until I was comfortable getting into it, and then they added peanut butter as a motivator! Now, let’s talk about motivation… that got me to even look forward to it! After we got the car rides under control, new challenges came into the picture. We started visiting so many new places. At first, I was a bit hesitant in all these new environments, but the more places I visited, the more relaxed I felt. Sometimes I still get a little anxious when we go somewhere new, but Trainer Girl says the important thing is that I can work through it quickly. Once I was able to relax, the super service doggo inside of me was able to shine! Now I am focused, eager to work and learn super quickly. Trainer Girl even used the word SPECTACULAR!! I feel so proud of myself! I know all my basic obedient, plus dial, signal, push, pull, vest, leash and DPT. There was just one more thing to get under control… Drooling. I am a drooler; I drool so much that Boss Lady was afraid there might be something wrong with me. The good news is I went to the doctor a few weeks ago and he said I am a healthy doggo! All my bones and joints are healthy as a horse, and I am just drooly. But it has gotten better, and now it’s nothing out of the ordinary. I heard the trainers talking the other day… I think they were talking about finding the perfect match for me! Can you believe it? Come back soon to see how this evolves! Love, Kendal (11/21/2019)

Nova

Nova

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

Hi guys! Nova here! I’m out of the prison program! I have spent the last couple of months living with a foster. And believe me when I tell you we have fun together! My foster and I travel a lot! We got to know so many places! But it’s not all fun and games. In order to get to these new places, we have to ride in the car and sometimes we even have to fly!! I must admit these are not my favorite activities… But I don’t hate them either! However, the best part of this update is I am doing AWESOME with my training! Foster Girl is super happy with me! She says I am doing REALLY, REALLY well! Both at home and in public! She says I am very clever and quick to learn! I have a feeling I might be getting close to the end of my training! Come back to see how this evolves in my next update. Love, Nova! (11/17/19)

Lani

Lani

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

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

Dutton

Dutton

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

Stofer

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hi! I’m Stofer! I come from Stofer Labs! Since the moment I arrived, Trainer Girl saw a lot of potential in me! She described me as a smart, fast learner who is eager to learn new tasks. But that’s not all, she also saw the relaxed boy I am. Even on our first outings in public, I was great! Had no anxiety and stayed relaxed. After becoming a Little Angel in training, I have spent most of my time living with a foster. She is a good foster girl. We practice all my tasks, go out in public together and I think she loves me… she says I am the sweetest boy! After spending a month with my foster, I came back to the ranch for a week. I think the trainers were impressed with me. All the practice Foster Girl and I did was shown: my basic obedience commands are solid as a rock! And I even know some advanced tasks like DPT and alert. Since I was doing so good, Trainer Girl decided to take advantage of my time in the ranch and started teaching me pull, door and dial! Guys, I have to tell you I love to learn new things! I heard Boss Lady talking with Trainer Girl the other day. I think she really likes me too; she was talking about my potential to be a mobility dog… I don’t know what that means, but she was talking about me being a big boy and easy to handle, and my love for retrieving balls. All of those things are true, so I think she might be right! Later, Trainer Girl told me that if I become a mobility doggo, I will be helping my hooman with her balance, bringing things closer, opening and closing doors, among other things! That’s why she was teaching me all my new tasks! I would love to help my hooman do all these things! I’ll keep working really hard! Please come back check on my progress soon! Love, Stofer (11/21/2019)

Bella

Bella

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 Bella is doing…

“What can I say? I am a people kind of dog. I don’t really care for other dogs but I love humans. My training threshold is very short, sometimes only 45 minutes but mostly it is about 20 then I need to be down for a little break. I tend to frap and roll in the grass. I am pretty vocal in my crate when I want to be out I will bark and whine. The trainers in my room say that I say “NO”. They will tell me “NO” and I look straight at them, put my mouth in a O and say “NO” back. I love to talk back. I play well with only 2 of my siblings. I like to be Alpha. Recently my trainer left to go to court so there is about 5 trainers working with me. I kind of like the attention from other people. The other day I was in a down stay in the dayroom and I smelled something delicious. So, I got up and went into the cops station and sat in front of one of the officers really calmly, he was eating and it smelled so good but he pet me while I sat there. My trainer ran in there and but I was being such a good girl! I am really trying to be a good service dog in training. Sometimes I get really distracted though. I am very sweet and loving and love submissive time.”

(11/13/2019)

Sammy

Sammy

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

Brooke

DOB:
Golden Doodle
West Coast Prison
Bio Coming Soon…

Sam’s Pack

Ozzy

Ozzy

DOB: 12/27/17
English Cream Retriever
San Diego Ranch
Hi Everyone. It’s Ozzy. I just wanted to send a quick update and let you know some great news! I am doing AMAZING with my training! Trainer Girl, Sam, says I am just about ready to be a service dog!! A real one…not an in training one! Do you know what that means? It’s almost time to let my hooman know I am ready for them! When you are in service dog school, a few things have to happen first-I have to go to the special doctor and make sure all of my body is healthy to keep working for my hooman for a long time! Once the doctor says, “Ozzy is healthy as a horse,” (oops, I mean service dog!)  my very special person  will get that call!! I cannot wait to find out who my person is! I have a few more important “tricks” I am finishing getting really good at, but I will be done so soon! Please come check in again soon and I’ll let you know when I am FINISHED! And to my person-I cannot wait! I promise to keep working VERY hard so I can be ready VERY soon!  Love, Ozzy (06/13/2019)
Archie

Archie

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

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

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)
Albus

Albus

DOB: 12/30/18
Standard Poodle
West Coast Prison
Albus has now moved to the men’s prison program for training. For these updates, I am going to use the words of the inmates training 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 Albus is doing…

“Albus with his fun loving self is really starting to do wonders with the flat collar. Heeling has improved. Still at times he wants to pull a little more left but with a firm little tug on the leash he will bet back the area he is being trained to heel in-within 24 inches to our left side, shoulders with our hips. We have been working on inside and out of the crate on the daily with Albus and he is doing so good.  Joe has been taking Albus to the grass and walking him around and making sure when he goes to get any object off of the ground he says “no” and continues to walk. He has gotten better at not picking so much stuff up but when he sees something shiny on the ground he is all over it. We are also working on  give it which he has gotten better at as well. Albus is a character with his goofy self and is making great strides moving forward. Albus and his attitude all depends on what kind of circumstances are put in front of him. If there is a lot of activity then he is a little wild. If you are just with him he does very well. Still a jumper as well. If you are doing something on a table or at the officer station you will have company because he is a nosy one.” (06/14/2019)

Honey

Honey

DOB: 09/05/17
Golden Retriever
San Diego Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…
June

June

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
San Diego Ranch
Hi out there. It’s June. So, I’m not sure how to write my update when I don’t have much to say. Sigh…I have been making some progress, but definitely not lots of progress.  I have gone home to spend some time with Gwen. She is going to try to get me comfortable with…everything. We have a lot of work to do. Poor Gwen. I don’t love going in public right now. I get so nervous and have a hard time focusing. I don’t love car rides. Lots of dogs do, I am just not one of them. I do LOVE people-all people-men, women, children, cats-oh yeah, they are not people and I’m not supposed to try to interact with them. Or chickens. That I can work on. Please come check back in soon-well maybe not too soon. Give Gwen some time to work her magic! Love, June (06/13/2019)
Figgy

Figgy

DOB: 12/18/17
Bichon Frise
San Diego Ranch
Status: Figgy is one of the newer members of our Little Angels Team and is still a very young pup. He will stay small in size even as he matures, and will go to a recipient that cannot have a large breed dog. Figgy is sweet and mild tempered and loves to snuggle in your arms. Because he is so young, his training has hardly started. He recently left with a foster family and will stay in their loving care for the next few months.

Goals: Our goals for Figgy are name recognition, being comfortable with a leash, learning to take treats, and learning sit and “watch me”. (2/28/18)

Buddy

Buddy

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 Buddy is doing…

“He loves to train and play with others. His recalls are good for his age. He is eager to learn and loves his place, he also loves other dogs places. He is super sweet and sensitive. He tends to chew on his feet in his crate. He grounds and pulls towards the unit when he doesn’t want to walk anymore. He barks when excited and he dumps his water pail in his crate when he wants out.”

(11/14/2019)

Joey

Joey

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

Dean

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

Nelson

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

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

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

(03/08/2019)

 

Jared’s Pack

Charcoal

Charcoal

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…
Koa

Koa

DOB: 3/26/18
Yellow Lab
San Diego Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…
Izzy

Izzy

DOB: 10/27/18
English Cream Golden
San Diego Ranch
Do you remember what it feels like to be the new kid at school? That is what it feels like when you come to the Little Angels Ranch. You feel a little nervous, a little excited and a little (a lot) proud to be here! We are here  because someone believes we are very special. We are special enough to help a special hooman some day. I will learn tricks that will make life for my furever hooman easier. I will open doors, turn on lights, do paws up, sit, come, stay, the list goes on and on. I cannot wait to help my person some day. For now,  I can get to know this place that we all call “the ranch” and get to know these people everyone calls “the trainers.” Once I get to settle in, I will start learning all of my special tricks. To my furever hooman, I can’t wait to meet you someday. Just give me time to learn how to help you first. Love, Izzy (03/02/2019)
Ruby

Ruby

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…
Tola

Tola

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…
Bree

Bree

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 Bree is doing…

“I am very smart, learn super-fast and love to please my trainers. I have a lot of energy that helps me stay motivated throughout my training sessions. I love to stay in my place and chew on my bone, also watch me’s are my best quality. People are my favorite. I get excited to be socialized with them. I am such a sweet girl. I am stubborn at times. I tend to want to jump on people when they walk by me and other dogs too. What can I say, I like people. At the end of my sessions, I have to go to my crate and I whine because I want out. I get distracted with other objects, items, and things! Watch me doesn’t work when I am distracted!”

(11/14/2019)

Dominique’s Pack

Deja

Deja

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch
Bio coming Soon…
Sully

Sully

DOB: Approx 1 year old
Mixed Breed
San Diego Ranch
Sully is a tan Maltese mix rescued from the shelter on March 13, 2019. He has since gone up to start his training in the men’s prison program.   For these updates, I am going to use the words of the inmates training 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 hear the affection the trainers have for their dogs when you read their descriptions!  Also, it is important to keep in mind, that many of these dogs are rescue dogs so they will have a bit of an adjustment going to work in the prison. 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 Sully is doing…

“Sully is really coming around with his new head halter. At times he still tries to get it off his face but he is learning to adapt. He is still a lil lounge potato and always wanting those famous belly rubs. He gets to be very vocal when playing with the other dogs. He still has that look with high esteem when in a good wrestling match with his friends-always going for the gusto. Doing good with his commands. Still has problems with staying and his come is getting better. Heeling with the head halter is coming along pretty nifty. This week we have done a lot of training getting used to the head halters on their faces. Sully has come a long way this week and the weeks to come planning to go so much farther.”

Baxter

Baxter

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 Baxter is doing…

“Baxter can stay in his place in the room for up to 40 minutes. His heeling is very good for his age. He is great with his sit command and loves his kennel. He is very playful and doesn’t mind the bath. He is very curious of new things and loves to learn and train. He doesn’t like to come out of the kennel so we are working with him on that. He is an attention seeker and nips at times. He doesn’t like his nails being clipped and barks in excitement. He has a short threshold for training. He has to go down for a little while and chew on a bone in place to regain some training energy! He is a great dog.”

(11/13/2019)

Mike

Mike

DOB: Approx 1 year old
Mixed Breed
San Diego Ranch
Mike is a white mini poodle mix breed that was rescued from the shelter on March 15, 2019. He has since gone up to start his training in the men’s prison program.   For these updates, I am going to use the words of the inmates training 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 hear the affection the trainers have for their dogs when you read their descriptions!   It is important to keep in mind, that many of these dogs are rescue dogs so they will have a bit of an adjustment going to work in the prison. 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 Mike is doing…

“Mike didn’t like the other head halter that you had sent . I think because it had no padding on the nose. But this one he has grown fond of quickly. Still doing excellent with his little trot. He is a sneaky little bugger always trying to jump all over Buster and Leo when they least expect it. He has gotten better at his prey drive not going after them as much as before but will still try his best sneaky tactics to shimmy his way over in that direction. We are all consistent on getting him to stop. Mike is a barker. He has an issue with some of the officers. Just out of the blue he will see one and start to bark. But then he is kind of timid as well. I was with him yesterday and went to say hi to Ms. Joe. As she reached down to pet him he kind of bowed his head down but once she started petting  him he went in for the pets. Also during LAPD class a dog officer walked in the room and Mike started a barking riot with the other dogs. The officer raised his hands and backed out of the room slowly saying he didn’t want any problems. It was too funny! These little guys and gals are sure making stories in this building to last a lifetime.” (06/14/2019)

New Hampshire Trainers

Alaina’s Pack

Joy

Joy

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

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

Monte

Monte

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

Hello everyone! Monte man here! This will be my last update; I have some bittersweet news to share with you all… Sadly I will not graduate to become a service dog due to finding slight elbow dysplasia in my health screening. This meant I would not have been able to work every day with my hooman. BUT, since my training was so good (I can do pretty much everything you ask me to.) I will become a demonstration dog! Trainer girl has decided to adopt me as her own, and now I am a part of her family. She said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to keep this goofy, loving boy… I love my Trainer Girl so much! Do you know what all this means? It means I will stay at Sky Valley Ranch and will be a demo dog at all our presentations and events to show the world what Little Angels is made of! I must admit at the beginning I was sad I won’t graduate, but I realized being a demo dog is an honor. I’ll help educate and show people what a Little Angel can do! And you want to know the best part? I’ll get to meet tons of people and kids, I LOVE tiny hoomans! I’m super excited about this new stage in my life. Love, Monte (11/21/2019)

Kasey

Kasey

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

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

Fleur

Fleur

DOB: 12/30/18
Standard Poodle
San Diego Ranch
Fleur has now moved to the men’s prison program for training. For these updates, I am going to use the words of the inmates training 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 Fleur is doing…

“Fleur is doing good on staying. Joe is putting her under a table as he walks to another table to have a seat to see how long he can get her to stay. She can stay for a good amount of time, until he sees something that is way more interesting like a ball being rolled by or other dogs walking by. But she is doing better at not chasing the other dogs as much as before. She is still her motherly self when the smaller dogs are around. Her coming is getting better too, just depending on how much activity is around. Also we are working on having her pay attention to the person with the leash and nobody else. Fleur is doing a fantastic job!”   (06/14/2019)

Kira

Kira

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

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

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

(03/08/2019)

Kolby

Kolby

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

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

Darbi

Darbi

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
New Hampshire Ranch
It’s me…Darbi! So I have moved to the ranch with these Trainers that came here in March. Do you know it is a little hard after living with foster mommy and my doggy mommy and my siblings to then have to move and learn how to be in a crate and how to listen to “tricks” they want us to do? The good news is, I’m doing a good job at it all! I went out to live in a foster home for a couple of weeks while the trainers got the new ranch ready for all of us pups! Now we have these really cool doggie rooms in our trainers’ homes. I am living with Trainer Girl! I love her! Sometimes I love her so much that I bark when she leaves the doggie room-she does NOT love that. She tells me “quiet!” and then tells Josh that I am “vocal” in my crate. Hmmm, I don’t think I like when she tells on me. When she does, Josh starts typing notes and looking at me like, “Darbi, do not do that.” I know that is what he thinks. Trainer Girl also started putting this thing on my snout called a head halter. I don’t like it. I am getting used to it but I like my regular collar better. The fun thing about Trainer Girl is that she teaches me words like “come” and “sit” and “stay” and “down” (well I don’t like down, but the others are fun!) and “heel” and “watch me.” Did you know that if you do these things you get a treat??? Every time. Trainer Girl has fun games!
Come check in soon and see what other games Trainer Girl is going to teach me! Love, Darbi(06/13/2019)
Atti

Atti

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
Hi Everyone-it’s Atti! Oh my goodness so much as been happening here in NH. First, the trainers all moved out here from San Diego and took us from Grandma’s house to Sky Valley Ranch. Then they had foster families come to take us home and care for us while they got the ranch finished. My foster mommy was so cool. She was a teacher at the high school. Every day I got to go to school and listen while she taught the kids how to write and read good books. When the kids did good work, they got to sit on the floor and snuggle with Atti while they listened! It was so great. Everyone wanted “Atti time” so they were all very good listeners. I got to spend my whole day being cuddled and then I would go home and get more love from my whole foster family. Then after my foster family had some other things they had to do, I went to a different foster family. Guess what? That mommy works in the high school too. Her class is different and I do not understand them when they talk. They say words like “uno, dos, tres” and they call me a “perro” Even though I don’t understand their words, I understand their touch. Their touch says, “We love Atti! Atti is the best part of coming to school!” So, I hang out in the class where they have different words and watch everyone smile while they pet me. My foster mommy is teaching me lots of cool things like how to heel right beside her on a leash. How to not get up when she says stay. How to put my bum on the floor when she says sit and best of all how to run right to her when she says come. I love all the work my foster mommy and I do together. I especially love that she gives me treats when I listen! Keep up the good work foster mommy! Now that it summer time, I think we will spend lots of time together doing outside things too.  Love, Atti (06/14/2019)
Winnie

Winnie

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
New Hampshire Ranch
Hi it’s Winnie! I am at Sky Valley Ranch again but will be going back home with my foster family tomorrow. They had to go away for a little bit so they brought me back to Trainer Girl. I am learning lots of new things lately. I am learning to walk on a head halter and to walk right beside my trainer. No pulling-that is not good manners. The other day, I went on a big field trip with all of my sisters. We went to a big outside shopping area. Josh was holding my leash and I even walked right beside him. That might not seem so exciting to you,  but you should know he has his foot in this big black boot and he has these 2 metal sticks that he puts under his arms to help him walk. They make a lot of noise when he walks. I knew I was safe and did just fine walking beside him and his metal poles. I’m learning lots of new words from Trainer Girl. She tells me to sit and stay and come. IF you do these things, you get treats! I love treats! Trainer Girl says I am food motivated and sloppy when I take treats but I just want to make sure she doesn’t change her mind when giving it to me. One thing I am not doing well with…my crate. I do NOT like being in a crate. I try to tell everyone this as loudly as I can and yet, I still have to have crate time-to eat, to sleep and sometimes just to rest. Trainer Girl just does not listen-even when I yell at her in my loudest bark ever. She says, “Quiet!” I’m not going to give her treats for that behavior. I also hope she doesn’t tell my foster family to do that when they come for me tomorrow. Trainer Girl? Please don’t tell that I need crate time…  Love, Winnie (06/14/2019) 
Brady

Brady

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
East Coast Prison
Bio Coming Soon…
Tessie

Tessie

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
East Coast Prison
Bio Coming Soon…
Jasper

Jasper

DOB: 9/20/17
Chocolate Lab
New Hampshire Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…
Clover

Clover

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…
Chara

Chara

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…
River

River

DOB: 9/10/17
Hound Mix
New Hampshire Ranch

Hi, I’m River! It’s been 4 months since Gotcha Day! I moved to Sky Valley Ranch and started living with Trainer Girl. I love it here! It’s so beautiful, and I got along just fine with all the dogs. I wasn’t really interested in playing with them, there are so many smells that making doggy friends comes second to me. Trainer Girl has been teaching me lots of tricks, I LOVE to learn and to get all the treats. She tells me I still have many more tasks to learn, but for now, it’s all about the basics. I already know sit, down, watch me and even heel and stay! These last ones are a little bit harder, but Trainer Girl says I am getting better. At first, Trainer Girl needed to step on the leash so I would stay, but now she can walk around me, and I don’t break my stay. I really like my new life. Working is fun, and I’m always ready to learn. Exceeeept sometimes, when there are no treats in sight, I just look at Trainer Girl and say to her “No treats, no tricks.” Trainer Girl is not amused when I’m being stubborn, but now I know she can be even more stubborn. So, I try to behave and check in with her more often. Since I am a hound, I have an amazing nose. Trainer Girl says this can be very useful when you are a service doggo. She says I will need to use my nose to perform some of the advanced tasks! It’s crazy all we can do to help humans; I can’t wait to learn all these advanced tricks. I looooove to use my nose! In fact, sometimes I use it too much, and it gets me in trouble. Like when we are training and I get quickly distracted by a scent, or when I try to change careers and become an escape artist to follow a scent. Trainer Girl told me having a powerful nose is a good thing, I just need to work on my self-control and focus. I’ll keep working on that. Trainer Girl is super nice. She takes me in runs, and we have so much fun together. I always try to show her my affection. I love to cuddle and every time I’m in the house, I just want to be curled up next to her. I think she really enjoys it too, except when I try to cuddle in the furniture. She says service doggos are not allowed in the furniture. A few weeks ago, Trainer Girl said I was ready to go out with a foster, but it turned out to be a very short stay. I liked my foster people, but they thought I was a bit naughty. I was excited to be in a new place, with new people. I wanted everyone to know this was my new place, so I marked on everything: walls, furniture, blankets, foster boy, his stroller, the car… They did not agree that it was a good idea. I might have also tried to eat the rabbits, oops! Trainer Girl was not impressed… she said I shouldn’t do any of these things… but she told me not to worry, we will keep working so I can go spend some time with a foster soon. I can’t wait to tell you all about my next adventures! Love, River (11/21/2019)

Spencer’s Pack

Mia

Mia

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch
Hi Everyone! It’s Mia! Lots of things have changed since I sent my last update. This biggest change is that I left the prison program and flew all the way to Sky Valley Ranch in NH! This is our new service dog ranch and I love it! Do you know that in the winter they have this stuff called snow AND we get to play in it even though it is cold! It is so much fun to run around and jump. When the snow was really high, we played King/Queen of the Mountain on the big snow banks! The best change is that I am doing great with all of my training! Once I left the prison and moved out here with trainer boy, Spencie, I could show him all of the things I had learned. He was VERY impressed and kept teaching me more and more tricks! He always tells everyone how smart I am! I think Trainer Boy loves that I even do all of my tricks in public for him. Sometimes I get a little  nervous but they tell me I will keep feeling better every time I go out on trips. So far they have  taken me to Petco, the grocery store, Lowes, restaurants and even big busy Walmart.  One thing they want me to work on is doing Deep Pressure Therapy with LESS kisses. Who ever heard of such a thing? But that’s ok if we have different ideas. I will do what they tell me and get my kisses another time! I am also working on retrieving my vest (that just means I get to find it when they hide it from me!) It’s so much fun-especially when they can’t trick me! Please come check back in this summer! I am doing so well that I am guessing I may even start being trained for MY furever hooman very soon! Love, Mia (06/10/2019)
Jolie

Jolie

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hi everyone! On my last update, I told you about my new life on the East Coast, but now I am back in San Diego. After the Grand Opening of our New Hampshire Ranch, I said goodbye to Trainer Boy Spencie and flew back with the San Diego Crew. Before I left, Trainer Boy told me he was REALLY proud of me. It took me a little longer to learn all my tasks and to learn how to perform them in public, but my trainers didn’t give up on me, and now I am back where all started, getting to the end of my training. He said I should be good to go soon! I am so proud of myself; I’ve come such a long way… Back when I was in New Hampshire, I started learning these extra-special tricks, like dial, which means I need to call for help by finding a button and pressing it. Trainer Boy said it was my only weak point, but we had just started working on it; I improved quickly, and we started adding more and more distance. I love doing all my tasks now. I feel so important. By the time I got to San Diego with Trainer Girl Sam, she was really impressed. She kept saying I am INCREDIBLY responsive and LOVE to work. She actually said I was an ANGEL! Both at home and in public. I’ve been going to LOTS of field trips here in San Diego. We went to the movie theatre, Trader Joe’s, Petco, lots of stores, to the beach, the mall, the nail salon, Seaport Village and even a Halloween Store! I’ve been doing great in most of them. However, I still get a little bit nervous from time to time…. Like the other day at the grocery store, the basket kept going over my head and I just didn’t feel comfortable with that. Or when Trainer Girl brought me to dinner at a friend’s house. I was NOT prepared for the number of people and attention I was getting! I must admit I got overwhelmed, and I might have even nervous-peed a little. I felt so bad afterward. Trainer Girl assured me sometimes you need to take a step back in order to go two steps forward. That made me feel better and now I am ready to keep working and take those steps forward! I just started learning a new game, it’s called scent training, and even though I haven’t fully understood it, I really like this game; there is lots of clicking involved and that means lots of treats! Or at least that’s what I think… I know I’ll figure it out soon. And once I do, I’m sure it’s gonna be no time before I get to meet my furever hooman! Please come back soon to check on my progress! Love, Jolie (11/21/2019)

Lulu

Lulu

DOB: 5/4/18
Yellow Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch

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

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

(03/08/2019)

Kaylynn

Kaylynn

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

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

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

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

(03/08/2019)

Kramer

Kramer

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

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

(03/08/2019)

Pemi

Pemi

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
New Hampshire Ranch
Hi Everyone! It’s Pemi! Our snow has finally melted and now our ranch is so green and beautiful. Right now, I am living at the ranch with Trainer Boy, Spencie. I hurt my ankle during free play so he gets to spend extra attention loving me and making sure I am better. For a little while it meant I was taking a break from training but now that I am getting better, it’s back to work! Trainer Boy is teaching me to listen to his commands. I’m teaching Trainer Boy that I like hot dogs better than other treats. If he gives me hot dogs I will even lay down for him. He’s gotten very good at this command. I don’t even say anything…I just stand there when he says “down.” Then when he brings out the hotdogs I lay down. I think that means we train each other well! I also don’t love this thing called a head halter. The trainers use it to show us how to stay in control in public, how to walk right next to them and how not to sniff people and food. For some reason, it makes me a little nervous. I’m not even sure why. We are working hard to help me realize it is ok and will not hurt me. This coming weekend I get to go home with a foster family! I’m very excited about this! I will live in a home with them and go on lots of field trips-maybe even to their work place! Come check in again and I will let you know how I am doing with my fosters! Love, Pemi (06/10/2019)
Frosti

Frosti

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
New Hampshire Ranch
Hi Everyone! It’s me Frosti!! Wow! You just cannot believe how things are changing!  When the trainers moved to NH from San Diego, my siblings and I all moved to the new ranch! Since then I have gone out with foster families to learn how to be a good dog going out in public places. I have been very lucky! Both of the foster families that have taken care of me have a parent that works in the high school. That means I get to go to school every day and hang out in the office or hang out with students that are needing some puppy snuggles to make it through their day. Sometimes, high school can be a hard place to be. You can feel lonely, or nervous or sad or stressed about a test. Do you know that when students are feeling that way and they can come cuddle with me they all of a sudden have a big happy smile? Especially when I kiss them! They really like that!  While I am at school, I am learning to listen to words like wait, come, sit, heel. I like to learn new tricks and then show off for the students! They get all gooey and tell me how awesome I am! It makes me so happy inside. Now that the school year is almost over, I’m guessing I might be going on lots of new adventures over the summer. Come check in to see what is going on this summer. Love, Frosti (06/10/2019)
Skye

Skye

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
New Hampshire Ranch
Hi Everyone, it’s Skye. We have all been very busy at Sky Valley Ranch. But for me, I’m less busy. For some reason, I do not love training as much as my sisters do. I like to cuddle and relax with people more than do tricks and learn. I feel like I’m pretty shy compared to the others. They all seem really big and brave and sometimes even loud. I don’t understand why they just can’t relax and be more mellow like me. They also will do anything for food and treats. Not me. I don’t really care. I will do some tricks for toys though-I love to have new toys to play with. I also prefer to work without a leash on. This is very tricky because I do know I’m supposed to be on leash, but like a lot of things, leashes make me nervous. I just moved away from the ranch and live with a foster family now so maybe when I am with them I will slowly learn to be brave and not be so shy all the time. Please come check in again soon.  Love, Skye (06/10/2019)
Autumn

Autumn

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

Lupin

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

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

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

(13/11/2019)

Fenway

Fenway

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…
Tek

Tek

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
East Coast Prison
Bio Coming Soon…
Tuukka

Tuukka

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
Bio coming soon…
Gronk

Gronk

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
East Coast Prison
Bio Coming Soon…
Sunshine

Sunshine

DOB: 10/?/18
Lab Mix
New Hampshire Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…

Missy

DOB: 8/12/18
Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
Missy is training at the women’s prison program. These reports will be given in the voice of the trainers exactly as they share them in their notes. I love being able to read the inmates perceptions of the training process so want to share that with you in their words. To protect their privacy, any time I refer to a trainer I will call her “Mary.” This is how the trainer says Missy is doing…

“Training is going great! Her issues with her vest are improving. She isn’t throwing a fit anymore. But you can see in her eyes she still is not happy with it. She is still drawn to men and gets overly excited. We are trying to work with her on it by having her be calm to be pet. She loves to ground surf and working on this is taking up a lot of her training time. About 11 days ago, she barked at Mary walking through the day room. The sun was shining straight on Mary through the window. Mary was carrying a plastic bag and I think the sun shined hard on it which set her off-it was about 6am. That same night she barked in the evening at a lady wearing a large hat outside. Both of these times she was corrected properly and she hasn’t barked since.” (06/14/2019)

Currently Unassigned to a Pack

Nellie

Nellie

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

Drew

Drew

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 Drew is doing…

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

(11/14/2019)

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)

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)

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)

Bobbi

Bobbi

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 Bobbi is doing…

“Bobbi does great with her laps. She is focused on her trainers and does a lot of watch me’s even without being asked. She knows all of her commands but she is stubborn with “out” and “come”. We are working extra hard on this because it is not that she doesn’t know. She still whines a lot in her crate, mostly during the first 5 minutes of being in there. She moans and groans and gives up after many “NO, QUIETS”. Her heel during her laps is really good for her age. She is not afraid of anything and she loves men. When men pet her, she sits up straight and absorbs all of the affection but with women (not all) she still loves it but she is a little wiggly. Maybe it is because men are calmer and women get excited. Bobbi is super gentle with the younger pups and has a natural maternal calmness around them. She hasn’t had any potty accidents in over a week, but she still had discharge. Overall, she is loving, affectionate, stubborn, smart, focused, and good natured.“

(11/13/2019)

Bailey

Bailey

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 Bailey is doing…

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

(11/13/2019)

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)

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)

Red

Red

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch
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Ivy

Ivy

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
West Coast Prison
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Velma

Velma

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
West Coast Prison
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Daphne

Daphne

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
West Coast Prison
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Laverne

Laverne

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
West Coast Prison
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Electra

Electra

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
West Coast Prison
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Piper Pup 10

Piper Pup 10

DOB: 9/19/19
Golden Retriever
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Piper Pup 9

Piper Pup 9

DOB: 9/19/19
Golden Retriever
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Piper Pup 8

Piper Pup 8

DOB: 9/19/19
Golden Retriever
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Piper Pup 7

Piper Pup 7

DOB: 9/19/19
Golden Retriever
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Piper Pup 6

Piper Pup 6

DOB: 9/19/19
Golden Retriever
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Piper Pup 5

Piper Pup 5

DOB: 9/19/19
Golden Retriever
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Piper Pup 4

Piper Pup 4

DOB: 9/19/19
Golden Retriever
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Piper Pup 3

Piper Pup 3

DOB: 9/19/19
Golden Retriever
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Piper Pup 2

Piper Pup 2

DOB: 9/19/19
Golden Retriever
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Piper Pup 1

Piper Pup 1

DOB: 9/19/19
Golden Retriever
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Collette Pup 9

Collette Pup 9

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
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Collette Pup 8

Collette Pup 8

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
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Collette Pup 7

Collette Pup 7

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
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Collette Pup 6

Collette Pup 6

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
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Collette Pup 5

Collette Pup 5

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
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Collette Pup 4

Collette Pup 4

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
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Collette Pup 3

Collette Pup 3

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
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Collette Pup 2

Collette Pup 2

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
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Collette Pup 1

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
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