* 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

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

Archie

Archie

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

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

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)

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

Izzy

Izzy

DOB: 10/27/18
English Cream Golden
San Diego Ranch

Hey y’all! Izzy here! It’s been a while since my last update… I am no longer the new kid at the ranch. Now, I know my way around, I have LOTS of doggy friends and I LOVE all the trainers. My training is… well… it’s going. I am doing good with some of the basic obedience tricks like sit and down, and I LOOOOOVE to do “paws up”; It’s my absolute favorite trick! The problem is I don’t like to do paws down (as I like to call it) quite as much. I am also doing better with “watch me”, especially if there’s hot-dogs involved. I LOVE hot-dogs. But the real challenge for me is heeling. Trainer Boy Jared says it’s like I have my mind in a hundred, NO, a thousand places!! I just want to sniff, sniff, say hi to the dogs, go play with the chickens, do watch me, get some hot-dog, GOT THE HOT-DOG! Now sniff some more, oh there is a car over there, and a shadow over here… you see how it is? There are so many things in my mind I usually leave my handler behind. So for the last couple of weeks, we’ve been working on getting that focus narrowed to the handler and perfecting my obedience. We have tried different methods and that’s when Trainer Boy found that hot dogs are magic! With hot-dogs watch me’s are strong, and heel is tight (if there aren’t too many distractions) but as soon as watch me is over, my mind and my body go all over the place one more time… Right at this moment, we had to take a few steps back and go back to the beginning of heeling. Taking just one step, stopping and getting a treat! Adding one more step ONLY once I’m good with the first step. It’s been and will be a very slooooow process, however, we are making progress slowly but surely. To my furever hooman, remember some of us take a little longer than others, just give me time to learn how to get this mind of mine under control, I know I have it in me. Come back check on my progress soon. Love, Izzy (01/13/2020)

Ruby

Ruby

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

Avalon

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

Sienna

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

Hi Everyone! My name is Deja! I am one of the older labs donated from Stofer Labs. I officially became a Little Angel in training in October and GUESS WHAT?? My obedience and my temperament were SO good since day 1 that two months was all it took for Boss Lady to realize I was not only born for this job… I was ready for it! It was time for my forever family to finally get THE call!! The hard part is we still had to wait until the end of January to be with each other… I CAN’T WAIT to be with MY girl forever! Luckily it’s almost time now!!! We will be best friends! But before that, I had to finish rounding off my tasks for my girl; so I can be the best service doggie for her! When I arrived at Little Angels, I was good with my basic obedience, but here I learned SO many cool tricks to help my girl! Some of the things I have learned here are DPT, alert, dial, door, pull and to brace while wearing a special harness! AND not only to do these but now we are practicing doing them using hand signals only! I still have some fine-tuning work to do, but overall I am doing GREAT! Both, with all my tricks and with my manners and focus out in public. To my furever girl, I promise to keep working very hard so I can be the best service doggie for you! Love, Deja! (01/13/2020)

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)

Buster

Buster

DOB: Approx 1 year old
Mixed Breed
San Diego Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…

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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

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

Kolby

Kolby

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

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

Atti

Atti

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

Winnie

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

Spencer’s Pack

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)

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)

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)
Autumn

Autumn

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

Hello everyone, Autumn here! I bet you can’t guess where I’m writing this update from?! Well… my picture probably gives me up… I am in medical school! Doctor Autumn, Service Doggo in training! That’s me! I’ve been with my foster mommy since I was 12 weeks old. She has been teaching me lots of cool tricks to help my special hooman someday, and we work SO well together! I love my foster mommy, and she loves me! So, when it was time for her to go to medical school all the way in Vermont, she asked Trainer Boy Spencer if I could go with her. Trainer Boy thought about it, and he ended up saying I am doing SO GOOD with training that I could go to Med School!! He just had to see how well I perform my basic obedience to be convinced. He said I passed with flying colors! Now, I’ve started to learn some fun advance tasks like alert, dial, DPT, push and pull! So off we went, foster mommy and I, to Vermont. Med School is great, every day is a huge learning experience! The other day we attended a “white coat” ceremony, and I got to wear a special white coat custom-made especially for me! On another note, I have one downfall to work on… on occasion, I get super excited to see another doggie in public (especially if it’s one of my siblings), and I let out one big WOOF!! I know that’s a big nono… but every so often the excitement is too much and I have to let it out. I’ll keep working on this, so every time there are fewer WOOFs and further in between. Come hear more about my adventures in Medical School soon! Love, Autumn! (12/16/2019)

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…

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)

Sonya Pup 11

Sonya Pup 11

DOB:
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
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Sonya Pup 10

Sonya Pup 10

DOB:
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Sonya Pup 9

Sonya Pup 9

DOB:
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Sonya Pup 8

Sonya Pup 8

DOB:
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Sonya Pup 7

Sonya Pup 7

DOB:
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Sonya Pup 1

Sonya Pup 1

DOB:
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Black Lab Pup 2

Black Lab Pup 2

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
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Black Lab Pup 1

Black Lab Pup 1

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…
Sonya Pup 6

Sonya Pup 6

DOB:
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Sonya Pup 5

Sonya Pup 5

DOB:
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Sonya Pup 4

Sonya Pup 4

DOB:
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Sonya Pup 3

Sonya Pup 3

DOB:
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Sonya Pup 2

Sonya Pup 2

DOB:
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Birdy Pup 6

Birdy Pup 6

DOB: 11/03/19
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Birdy Pup 5

Birdy Pup 5

DOB: 11/03/19
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Birdy Pup 4

Birdy Pup 4

DOB: 11/03/19
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Birdy Pup 3

Birdy Pup 3

DOB: 11/03/19
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Birdy Pup 2

Birdy Pup 2

DOB: 11/03/19
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Birdy Pup 1

Birdy Pup 1

DOB: 11/03/19
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Butler

Butler

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

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

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

(11/14/2019)

Red

Red

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

Ivy

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

Velma

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

Daphne

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

Laverne

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

Electra

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

Twix

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

Whooper

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

Lollipop

DOB: 9/19/19
Golden Retriever
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
“Sweet” Tart

“Sweet” Tart

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

Jujube

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

Collette Pup 9

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
Still with Momma
Bio Coming Soon…
Collette Pup 8

Collette Pup 8

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
Bio Coming Soon…
Collette Pup 7

Collette Pup 7

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
Bio Coming Soon…
Collette Pup 6

Collette Pup 6

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
Bio Coming Soon…
Collette Pup 5

Collette Pup 5

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
Bio Coming Soon…
Collette Pup 4

Collette Pup 4

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
Bio Coming Soon…
Collette Pup 3

Collette Pup 3

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
Bio Coming Soon…t
Collette Pup 2

Collette Pup 2

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
Bio Coming Soon…
Collette Pup 1

Collette Pup 1

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
Bio Coming Soon…
Austin

Austin

DOB: 1/7/17
Chocolate Lab
San Diego Ranch

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