* 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 Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Jordan again! So, as you all know, we all moved back to the ranch after we finished up our time in the prison program. Since we’ve been back, I went out to live with a foster family. They taught me how to be confident, how to behave in public places, how to focus on tasks in public and lots of other good things that will help my hooman someday. Now, I am back at the ranch with Trainer Girl, Jen. Some days I stay at the ranch and some days I go home with Trainer Girl so I remember my very best house manners. I hear the trainers talking and saying that I do a great job with all of my tasks at the ranch, at Jen’s house and even in public when we go on field trips. That can be hard because there are so many distractions, but I am doing great with all of it. I am really good at Paws Up, pull, get it, alert, dial! And best of all…I’ve heard Trainer Girl say I am VERY easy to handle because I am such a calm and loving boy. I think sometimes when Jen and Boss Lady are whispering in front of me they might be talking about me getting ready to meet my furever hooman very soon! That would be so amazing! Please come check in again soon to see how all of this plays out.   Love, Jordan  (06/10/2019)
Charlee

Charlee

DOB: 1/19/19
English Cream Golden
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
Bio Coming Soon…
Poppy

Poppy

DOB:
Standard Poodle
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)

Nova

Nova

DOB: 4/30/18
Golden-doodle

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

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

(03/08/2019)

Lani

Lani

DOB: 5/4/18
Yellow Labrador Retriever

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

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

(03/08/2019)

 

Dutton

Dutton

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

Kendal

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Kendal.  I am back at the ranch after spending time training in the prison program. I work with Trainer Girl, Jen, in San Diego now. I’m working really hard and getting really good at doing my commands at the ranch. The only problem is that I do not like going to the van to go out in public. Jen tries to show me that the van is not scary, but it kind of is to me. It can be loud and make rattle noises when I am in there. Whenever we start walking towards the van, I kind of put my own breaks on before we get there. These trainer peeps are pretty smart though. Now they are putting a bowl of food closer and closer to the van to show me the van can me a yummy place to be. Jen keeps saying I need to go out in public more so I am guessing now I will start doing that if I can just learn to like this big van! Come check in on my again and see how it is going! Love, Kendal (06/10/2019) 
Brooke

Brooke

DOB:
Golden Doodle
Bio Coming Soon…
Sammy

Sammy

DOB:
Golden Doodle
Bio Coming Soon…
Stofer

Stofer

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
Bio Coming Soon…

Sam’s Pack

Honey

Honey

DOB: ...
Golden Retriever
Bio Coming Soon…
Archie

Archie

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
Bio Coming Soon…
June

June

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
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)

Ozzy

Ozzy

DOB: 12/27/17
English Cream Retriever
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)
Nelson

Nelson

DOB: 4/30/18
Golden-Doodle

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

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

(03/08/2019)

 

Albus

Albus

DOB:
Standard Poodle
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)

Goose

Goose

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

Leo

DOB:
Mixed Breed
Leo is a white mini poodle mix that was rescued from the shelter on March 10, 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 Leo is doing…

“WOW! I didn’t know that Leo did gymnastics! Once we put the new head halter on him he would do a little dance with his two front paws trying to remove it off of his face then do flips, twirls and rolls. I would keep taking it off and putting it back on until he realized it wasn’t going to hurt him. Now he is doing so much better. They are all doing better but I have noticed once they reach the grass, their noses are to the ground trying to get it off their faces. Mike is doing a lot better at being around big objects, bags, jackets and guitar cases. But he is still a little fearful around loud noise. He is doing good with the commands. We go over them and is doing very well. He still loves to play fetch and he loves beating up on Mike but he is always asking for it with his sneaky ways. Leo puts him back in his place. 

Joey

Joey

DOB:
Golden Doodle
Bio Coming Soon…
Dean

Dean

DOB:
Golden Doodle
Bio Coming Soon…

Jared’s Pack

Ruby

Ruby

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
Bio Coming Soon…
Koa

Koa

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

Izzy

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

Roxy

DOB:
Mixed Breed
Roxy is a black lab shepherd mix that was rescued from the shelter on March 15, 2019. She has since gone up to start her 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 Roxy is doing…

“Roxy is still quite vocal when inside.  Not in the crate as much but when the trainers are standing around talking or sitting at a table she begins with small little whines leading up to longer  and louder cries until she is corrected or until they start to move around. She really does not like cats. She does everything in her power to get to them once she sees one in the yard.  She is now getting corrected for this so the behavior won’t continue. When she gets excited she has a tendency to start nipping with her teeth and is jumping up on random people. We are working really hard on these bad habits. We have been taking turns with Roxy the last couple of days. I have been trying to get her to interact with the other dogs and even say hi to different people in the yard. She is doing this everyday and doing good so far.”  (06/14/2019)

Dominique’s Pack

Sully

Sully

DOB:
Mixed Breed
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.”

Mike

Mike

DOB:
Mixed Breed
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:
Mixed Breed
Buster is a black and white Maltese mix that was rescued from the shelter on March 10, 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 Buster is doing…

“Buster has had his little paws full this week trying to become one with his new head halter. He is doing remarkable at his new and improved heeling abilities. He walks like a grand champion of the Westminster Dog Show. He still has his moments with the bigger dogs with his little growls but a firm no command is given. When he starts his dominant personality we make it known he is not the boss, we are. We  have been working with Mike and Buster together and giving them both the “sit” command and then the “down” command and tell them both to “stay.”  We first started with backing up 5 steps then increased it to 10 steeps. We can now go pretty far back then give them the “come” command and both are on their feet running towards us tails wagging and heads held high. He is also getting to know the crate is a fun place to go because he gets a little treat every time he enters. There are times when we put him in the crate and he gives these little whines like he is never going to see us again. Overall Buster is doing great.”  (06/14/2019)

New Hampshire Trainers

Alaina’s Pack

River

River

About 1 Year Old
Hound Mix
Bio Coming Soon…
Jasper

Jasper

DOB:
Chocolate Lab
Bio Coming Soon…
Joy

Joy

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Joy! Oh my goodness!! I told you last time, that I was going to start going on field trips soon. Well, I had no idea what was to come. I went on the biggest field trip of all time. I went on an airplane and flew all the way from CA to Boston. Then we drove to Sky Valley Ranch-my new home with Trainer Girl! It was cold and snowy, and so much fun! I love the snow! Now the snow is gone and I still love our new home! I went home to live with a foster for a couple of weeks. That was fun because she took me to stores and out in public a lot. Now I am back with Trainer Girl at the ranch. I am working on making sure I can do my “tricks” whenever she asks and she likes to take me on field trips. I think she is trying to remind me all the time that I am safe. I still get scared of things when we are out on field trips. One day there was a man in brown clothes delivering boxes to stores. I thought he wanted to get me. I kept looking behind me to make sure he wasn’t following me. Trainer Girl wanted me to look at her, but it was so hard to know that he wasn’t coming behind me. These are the things I will keep working on. Please come check on me again soon.   Love,  Joy (06/13/2019)
Monte

Monte

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Monte! There have been BIG changes in my world since I got out of prison. I flew to Boston and then went off to Sky Valley Ranch in NH! Since I moved here, things are going GREAT! I went out with a foster for awhile-that was fun! Everyday I would go to work at a construction office and then at night we would go to Lowe’s to work. I even had my very own Lowe’s vest like my foster guy! People were so happy when they would come shopping and I was there to greet them. Now I am back at the ranch with Trainer Girl. We go on LOTS of field trips together. When I first started going out in public I was very wiggly. There are so many smells, so many people, so many things to look at. It was very exciting. Now I am getting used to it all. I am able to focus better in public. I can do my tasks in public. I can even turn lights on and off. I can pick up things from the floor-even pens and I don’t break them as much as I used to! I love doing so great and to see Trainer Girl so proud of me! Except when we went to the post office the other day. She was not proud then. When we went in, the man at the counter seemed so happy and friendly. I wanted to show him that I was too. I jumped up and put my paws on the counter. Trainer Girl was NOT amused. Jumping up like that is a big no no. She reminded me. Sometimes my excitement just can’t stay inside. It comes out of my legs and my tongue and my wiggly bum. Well, we all have things we have to work on so I will work on being excited when Trainer Girl tells me to “take a break!” Come back again and I will update you even more! Love, Monte (06/13/2019)
Kasey

Kasey

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

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

Kolby

Kolby

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever

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

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

(03/08/2019)

Kira

Kira

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever

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

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

(03/08/2019)

Fleur

Fleur

DOB:
Standard Poodle
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)

Winnie

Winnie

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
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) 
Atti

Atti

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
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)
Darbi

Darbi

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
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)

Spencer’s Pack

Sunshine

Sunshine

About 1 year old
Lab Mix
Bio Coming Soon…
Jolie

Jolie

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Guess what?? I live in NH!!! All the way across the country! I got to fly on an airplane and when we landed it was so cold! There was all this white stuff everywhere at our new home! We had so much fun playing in it! Now all the white stuff melted and the grass is all green and beautiful! We have soooo much space at our new home, Sky Valley Ranch! There are big fields to play in, fenced yards, doggie doors and we even have doggie rooms in the trainers’ houses. I really like NH life!  Now I have more news too…I am doing AWESOME with my training! It has definitely taken me awhile, but I have really improved! I can do all of my tasks when I am in the house and even when I am out in public! Sometimes I still get a little distracted in stores, but trainer boy, Spencie, keeps working on that with me. He likes to remind me, I should only have eyes for him. I was also really good at doing alert, but then I got too good and too excited. That means when I paw someone’s leg to alert them it kind of hurts. I don’t mean to at all. It’s just that it took me SO long to learn my tasks that now I get overly excited. But my trainers are really smart. So instead of alert with my paw, I now am learning signal with my nose. My nose likes gentle touches so that will be better for my hoomans legs! I love getting to go on all the field trips now that I am doing better with my training! I got to go to Petco and Settler’s Green (this is a really big outdoor shopping place with lots of people and stores and grass!) I’m so glad my trainers and all of you have not given up on me learning to be a service dog! Sometimes it just takes a little longer! Check back in this summer for more updates! I bet if I keep doing this well, I might get to meet my furever hooman soon!  Love, Jolie (06/10/2019)
Mia

Mia

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
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)

Missy

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
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)

Lulu

Lulu

5/4/18
Yellow Labrador Retriever

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

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

(03/08/2019)

Kramer

Kramer

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

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

(03/08/2019)

Kaylynn

Kaylynn

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever

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

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

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

(03/08/2019)

Lupin

Lupin

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

Autumn

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

Skye

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
Hi Everyone, 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)
Frosti

Frosti

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
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)
Pemi

Pemi

DOB: 1/7/19
English Cream Golden
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)

Currently Unassigned to a Pack

Deja

Deja

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
Bio coming Soon…
Charcoal

Charcoal

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
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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

Collette Pup 1

DOB: 10/1/19
Doodle
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Chara

Chara

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
Prison
Bio Coming Soon…
Tukka

Tukka

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
Prison
Bio coming soon…
Tessi

Tessi

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
NH Ranch
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Fenway

Fenway

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
NH Ranch
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Clover

Clover

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
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Gronk

Gronk

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
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Brady

Brady

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
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Tek

Tek

DOB: 9/4/19
Golden Retriever
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Duke

Duke

DOB: 7/19/19
Golden Lab
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Drew

Drew

DOB: 7/19/19
Golden Lab
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Diesel

Diesel

DOB: 7/19/19
Golden Lab
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Dori

Dori

DOB: 7/19/19
Golden Lab
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Demi

Demi

DOB: 7/19/19
Golden Lab
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Dee-Dee

Dee-Dee

DOB: 7/19/19
Golden Lab
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Darla

Darla

DOB: 7/19/19
Golden Lab
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Brussel

Brussel

DOB: 6/24/19
Golden Doodle
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Baxter

Baxter

DOB: 6/24/19
Golden Doodle
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Buddy

Buddy

DOB: 6/24/19
Golden Doodle
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Bella

Bella

DOB: 6/24/19
Golden Doodle
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Bobbi

Bobbi

DOB: 6/24/19
Golden Doodle
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Bailey

Bailey

DOB: 6/24/19
Golden Doodle
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Bess

Bess

DOB: 6/24/19
Golden Doodle
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Bree

Bree

6/24/19
Golden Doodle
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Nellie

Nellie

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

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