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

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

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

Our dogs go through three phases of training.

PHASE I:

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

PHASE II:

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

PHASE III:

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

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

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)

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
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)
June

June

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

Hello there! It’s June again. I am back! I know it’s been a reaaally long time since my last update, I spent some months with Gwen and now I am back at the ranch. I am doing better. I am still the sweet, friendly girl I’ve always been, and on top of that Gwen helped me gain more confidence and be able to focus better in different situations. We practiced all my commands and tasks; Trainer Girl Jen says I am doing great with all of them. I am a PRO doing down stays!! The other day I held a down-stay for 20 minutes! Trainer Girl even went out of sight, and I just stayed there waiting for her to call me! I am also doing better in public; I still get a little bit nervous in the van, and Trainer Girl says having more public exposure will be good for me and my nerves. It has taken me a little longer to mature compared to other doggos. But all the structure, love and exposure are paying off, and now I am doing A LOT better, my confidence is better and my focus as well! Thank you to all my trainers and fosters for being patient with me and not giving up on me! If we continue this path the BIG day will be here! I will graduate and meet my furever hooman! Come back to hear more about my field trips as my confidence increases! Love, June (04/01/2020)

Russell

Russell

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

Gracie

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

Sammy

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

Brooke

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

Pepper

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch
Bio Cooming Soon…
Bella

Bella

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

Hey Everyone! I’m Bella! I am almost 6 months old now and I’ve lived so many experiences already. At first, I lived with my momma and all my brothers and sisters. We had so much fun together! There, from my mommy and littermates, I learned my first socialization skills. We played, wrestle and explored. Mom was always there to make sure we were safe and respectful. Once we had learned these important lessons, we moved to the San Diego Ranch a couple of weeks ago. It was time to start service doggie school! Here I have made so many doggy and hooman friends! I met my Trainer Girl; she is the one that will be teaching me all the tricks and manners I need to become a Service Doggie! I never imagined I would have such an important job! So far, I love service dog school! I already know so many tricks like heel, sit, down, watch me and my name. Trainer Girl says I have gotten 10 times better at heeling! I sit and down great but staying is not my favorite I like to be where my trainer is, so I often get up to go say hi to her. I am excited to learn advanced tasks and become a service dog when I am older. I even got to go out in public the other day! Trainer Girl says I did a really good job for my first time. I just tried to listen to her and did all the tricks we had practice at the ranch. I felt calm and confident and whenever I was unsure, I checked in with my Trainer Girl. She says I am very calm and SO sweet, but that I need to learn to share. When the trainers are giving me attention and my brothers and sisters come over, I growl at them, so they know not to upstage me. The trainers said there’s enough for all of us. And besides, they said that’s not the way to keep getting attention… I’ll try to come at ease with the idea, ugh… I can’t wait to have MY furever hooman. Come check on all the adventures life has waiting for me. Love, Bella! (01/20/2020)

Austin

Austin

DOB: 1/7/17
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Sam’s Pack

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)
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)

Joey

Joey

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

Titus

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

Micah

Micah

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

Jared’s Pack

Ozzy

Ozzy

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

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

Archie

Archie

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

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

Ruby

Ruby

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

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

 

Tola

Tola

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

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

Ulysses

Ulysses

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

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

Audrey

Audrey

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

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

Murphy

Murphy

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

Bio Cooming Soon…

Maple

Maple

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

Bio Cooming Soon…

Dieter

Dieter

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

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

Bacon

Bacon

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

Bio Cooming 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)

 

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

Posie

Posie

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

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

Buster

Buster

DOB: 03/11/18
Mixed Breed
San Diego Ranch

Hi to all! Great news, I am no longer a career changed dog, I was let back into the program for extremely good behavior! I am excited to continue my training! Right now I know alert, dpt, my heel is good and even though I am tiny I am pretty good at door. I heard the trainers talk and I will even start going out in public. I can’t wait to go out on lots of field trips with my trainer. Come back soon to read about all my adventures outside of the ranch! Love, Buster! (01/20/2020)

Mike

Mike

DOB: 09/02/17
Mixed Breed
San Diego Ranch

Hi, Mike here! My training is going GREAT, so great in fact that my girl got THE call and I will be meeting her in April!!! Hooray!! I am so excited!! I still need to work on being more focused in public, so my trainer says she will be taking me on a lot of field trips from here on out. My prey drive is gone, I got it under control… I now ignore chickens AND squirrels! But I am not a fan of cats, then again who is? I cannot wait to go to school with my girl and be the best service dog I can be for her. During the past year, my life has changed A TON, for the better! But to my future girl, I cannot wait to meet you, my FUREVER person. I promise to keep working very hard for you! Love, Mike! (01/20/2020)

Luma

Luma

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

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

Wish

Wish

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

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

 

Jerry

Jerry

DOB: 02/21/19
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch
Bio Cooming Soon…
Gabby

Gabby

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

Dallin

DOB: 10/01/19
Golden-Doodle
San Diego Ranch
Bio Cooming Soon…
Gong (Pearl)

Gong (Pearl)

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

Bednar

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

Kiersten’s Pack

Ivy

Ivy

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

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

Velma

Velma

DOB:
Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Hello! My name is Velma! My Trainer Girl says I am a sweetheart! (She might be a little bit in love with me, but don’t tell the other dogs!) I am one of the SILVER puppers donated by Stofer Labs. After leaving Stofers, I spent some time in one of the West Coast prison programs, now I am living at the San Diego ranch! My favorite command is alert, and Trainer Girl loves how I do it too because I have the softest touch; I just lightly set my paw on my Trainer Girl’s leg. When I am working, I try my very best to understand and do what Trainer Girl is asking me to do. In fact, my training is going so well that this month Boss Lady approved for me to go out on field trips!!! And I’ve been doing AWESOME on them! I am super confident and outgoing, I hold my down stays beautifully and give Trainer Girl beautiful focus. She is SO proud of me, and I love to please her and make her happy! After a couple of successful field trips, I proved that I was ready for one of the BIG field trips. I went to Sea World! There were a bunch of new distractions, but I did not forget to hold my focus on my Trainer Girl and was very attentive. I only have eyes for my handler. I did not break my down-stay even with kids and objects being thrown around me. Trainer Girl was very impressed, she even said I was an ANGEL puppy!! (I think my Little Angel Service Dog wings are starting to show!) Being a service dog requires A LOT of training hours, but it is not all work. I love to play fetch with a frisbee because then I get to spend extra time enjoying my Trainer Girl company. We have so much fun together, it doesn’t matter if we are training or not! I can’t wait to have this much fun and do all these things with my furever hooman one day! Love, Velma! (02/26/2020)

Ruthie Joy

Ruthie Joy

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

Hi, I am Ruthie! I am a super huggable puppy born in Colorado, along with my brothers and sisters. My nickname growing up has always been happy since I am always such a happy smiling girl. After spending the first months of our lives having fun, playing and learning with mom, we were ready to start service doggie school. But first, we had a huggeee road trip from Colorado to the San Diego ranch. The ranch is an awesome place, I LOVE it, it is so much fun to chase all the leaves blowing around the puppy bunk! I am sooo excited to learn everything a good service dog needs to know. I LOVE learning new things! Here I met my Trainer Girl. She is the one teaching me everything. I am super eager to work and to please so I’ve become a favorite of my Trainer Girl (Shhh!! do not tell the others!) So far, I’m learning alert, my name, walking next to Trainer Girl with a loose leash, watch me and to like my crate. At first, I didn’t like that thing, and I was very noisy to let Trainer Girl know I did not like it; but within a month, I learn to be quiet, and now Trainer Girl says I’m SUPER good! Alert and my name I learned very quickly, but watch me and walking nicely on a leash are a little bit harder… sometimes (or maybe often) while we are working, I get distracted and will frap around, then I remember I am service doggo in training and go back to my Trainer Girl and walk nicely again. It always makes Trainer Girl smile; she says it’s normal for a puppy to frap around, but she loves how I come back to her. Come back to hear about the new tricks I learn soon! Love, Ruthie Joy – Happy! (02/26/2020)

Hal

Hal

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

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

Holly

Holly

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

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

New Hampshire Trainers

Alaina’s Pack

Joy

Joy

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

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

Monte

Monte

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

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

Kasey

Kasey

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

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

Fleur

Fleur

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

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

Kira

Kira

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

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

Kolby

Kolby

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

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

Darbi

Darbi

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

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

Atti

Atti

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

Winnie

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

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

Brady

Brady

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

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

Tessie

Tessie

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

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

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…
Peanut

Peanut

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

Hi hi hi hi hi hiiiii!!! I am peanut. I am one of the 3 doodles from the “BeneBone” litter in New Hampshire. I was named peanut because I am the tiniest of my brothers at Sky Valley Ranch. But don’t you get confused. I am tiny in size, but ONLY in size. I have a HUGE personality. I have personality to spare. I am sassy and feisty. The trainers made fun of me because I like to talk back when they tell me to be quiet. I look them straight in the eye and tell them “NO! You quiet!”. I have a lot of energy, and I enjoy playing with the big doggos.  I am also pretty independent and have a mind of my own. The trainers say doggos with personalities like mine can be GREAT service doggos too. They say, sometimes, we can be easier to train (once they convince us that listening to them is a good idea). Puppers with personalities like mine tend to be braver, and I’m not the exception! I am really brave! Especially if you consider how tiny I am. The day we got assign to our packs in New Hampshire, Boss Man did a couple of tests to see how I reacted. I passed! Nothing seemed to phase me, not the big umbrella, not the loud noises. However, on the other side of my sassiness and braveness, I must admit, I also enjoy some good cuddles. Come back to learn more about me soon. Love, Peanut! (03/05/2020)

Eleven (Ellie)

Eleven (Ellie)

DOB: 08/30/19
Labrador Retriever
New Hampchire Ranch
Bio Cooming Soon…
Maya

Maya

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

Hi! I’m Maya! I am one of the labs donated by Stofer Labs. I am a very friendly and calm girl, with an even temperament. I arrived at Sky Valley Ranch in January. Since the moment I arrived, I fell in love with this place. There is a lot of snow! I had never seen snow before I got to New Hampshire, but I’ve learned that I love snow! Playing is 10 times more fun when there’s snow around and as my mustache shows, I also enjoy eating the snow. It is so refreshing! Besides playing in the snow, another thing I love to do is to work. I am very driven, which is perfect for service doggie school because Trainer Girl is teaching me a lot of tasks and tricks. I already know all the basics, my down-stay duration is increasing, I am doing great with paws up and I LOVE playing the alert game! That is my favorite task! I’m doing so good with my training, that this week I got to go on my first Field Trip. We went to Tj Maxx. I felt pretty comfortable and performed all the tricks I had practiced with Trainer Girl, all while maintaining a loose leash heel! On the field trip, we found some very weird objects, they made a second me appear. Trainer Girl says they are called “mirrors”. I was very curious about those, I sniffed them and decided I was fine; I just think they are a little bit distracting. Trainer Girl says I did good for my first time in public, I feel very proud of myself! I can’t wait for all the adventures I’ll have, Trainer Girl said we’ll start going on more and more field trips. Come back soon to check on my progress and adventures! Love, Maya! (02/29/2020)

Bene

Bene

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

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

Snickers

Snickers

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

Archer

DOB: 08/28/19
Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
Bio Cooming Soon…
Lollipop (Lolli)

Lollipop (Lolli)

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

Spencer’s Pack

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

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

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

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

Pete

Pete

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

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

Ollin

Ollin

DOB: 09/02/19
Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
Bio Cooming Soon…
Moose

Moose

DOB: 08/22/19
Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
Bio Cooming Soon…
Logan

Logan

DOB: 08/28/19
Labrador Retriever
New Hampshire Ranch
Bio Cooming Soon…
Oreo

Oreo

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

Xander

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

Jujube (Ju Ju)

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

Dean

Dean

DOB: 02/07/19
Golden Doodle
San Diego Ranch
Bio Coming Soon…

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)

Skelly

Skelly

Labrador Retriever
San Diego Ranch

Bio Coming Soon…

Butler

Butler

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

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

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

(11/14/2019)

Daphne

Daphne

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

Electra

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

Twix

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

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