Hey guys! It’s Lulu! Lots of things have changed since my last update. I finished my training in the prison program and took a plane to the other side of the country, all the way to Sky Valley Ranch in New Hampshire! There I met my Trainer Boy Spencer, and since I arrived in June, we have been working really hard! The hard work of ALL my trainers has paid off and guess what?! I AM READY! I am going to graduate really soon! YAAAYYYY!!! Trainer Boy Spencer says I am an absolute ROCKSTAR! My obedience is perfect, and I love to perform mobility tasks! It doesn’t matter if we are in public or not… Josh is also impressed with me! He says I have a fantastic brace, love to retrieve no matter what the object is and that I’m extremely responsive to obedience! On top of all these, I do very well with new situations, sudden noises, all kinds of people and animals, as I totally focus on my handler when working. I LOVE to work and to keep my eyes on my person… If this doesn’t mean I am ready, I don’t know what does!! You want to know a secret? Most service doggos have to wait until handler training to meet their furever person. But I got to cheat a little bit! In the first week of November, I took a plane back to the East Coast for Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland. And there, I got to meet MY hooman! It was the happiest, most exciting day of my life!! All the hours of training were worth it! Sadly, I had to come back to New Hampshire to finish getting ready until MY hooman came for handler training. And this week it finally happened!! We started handler training last Wednesday and it’s going great!! Me and my hooman are as happy as we can be together! Thank you, everyone, for following my journey! This will be my last update, but my journey continues with my hooman! Love, Lulu (12/06/2019)
Hey y’all! It’s Jordan! I have THE BIGGEST news for this update! I MET MY FUR-EVER HOOMAN!!! I am ready to become a REAL service dog!!! You read that right; I am going to be a REAL SERVICE DOGGO! I am SO excited! I met my furever hooman last Tuesday and it was love at first paws up! I was more than happy, I wanted to give her ALL the kisses! She came to the San Diego Ranch; and for the next 2 weeks, with the help of the trainers, we are getting to know each other and learning how to become a team. For now, she comes to the ranch every day so we can practice. BUT next week we are going to go out in public for the first time! And after our second field trip, I will go to the hotel with her! We won’t have to say goodbye ever again! By the end of the 2 weeks, my hooman and I will have our graduation. I’ll be officially a REAL SERVICE DOGGO, and we will be the BEST TEAM! Trainer Girl Jen and I have worked so hard for this moment and she says I am ready now. Thank you to all my trainers and fosters, for teaching me how to be confident, how to behave in public, how to focus on tasks in public and all the other good things that will help my hooman. It’s been an incredible journey but, to my furever hooman, the best is yet to come! Love, Jordan! (11/17/2019)
Hi Everyone! My name is Deja! I am one of the older labs donated from Stofer Labs. I officially became a Little Angel in training in October and GUESS WHAT?? My obedience and my temperament were SO good since day 1 that two months was all it took for Boss Lady to realize I was not only born for this job… I was ready for it! It was time for my forever family to finally get THE call!! The hard part is we still had to wait until the end of January to be with each other… I CAN’T WAIT to be with MY girl forever! Luckily it’s almost time now!!! We will be best friends! But before that, I had to finish rounding off my tasks for my girl; so I can be the best service doggie for her! When I arrived at Little Angels, I was good with my basic obedience, but here I learned SO many cool tricks to help my girl! Some of the things I have learned here are DPT, alert, dial, door, pull and to brace while wearing a special harness! AND not only to do these but now we are practicing doing them using hand signals only! I still have some fine-tuning work to do, but overall I am doing GREAT! Both, with all my tricks and with my manners and focus out in public. To my furever girl, I promise to keep working very hard so I can be the best service doggie for you! Love, Deja! (01/13/2020)
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)
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)
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)
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)
“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)
Hi everyone! On my last update, I told you about my new life on the East Coast, but now I am back in San Diego. After the Grand Opening of our New Hampshire Ranch, I said goodbye to Trainer Boy Spencie and flew back with the San Diego Crew. Before I left, Trainer Boy told me he was REALLY proud of me. It took me a little longer to learn all my tasks and to learn how to perform them in public, but my trainers didn’t give up on me, and now I am back where all started, getting to the end of my training. He said I should be good to go soon! I am so proud of myself; I’ve come such a long way… Back when I was in New Hampshire, I started learning these extra-special tricks, like dial, which means I need to call for help by finding a button and pressing it. Trainer Boy said it was my only weak point, but we had just started working on it; I improved quickly, and we started adding more and more distance. I love doing all my tasks now. I feel so important. By the time I got to San Diego with Trainer Girl Sam, she was really impressed. She kept saying I am INCREDIBLY responsive and LOVE to work. She actually said I was an ANGEL! Both at home and in public. I’ve been going to LOTS of field trips here in San Diego. We went to the movie theatre, Trader Joe’s, Petco, lots of stores, to the beach, the mall, the nail salon, Seaport Village and even a Halloween Store! I’ve been doing great in most of them. However, I still get a little bit nervous from time to time…. Like the other day at the grocery store, the basket kept going over my head and I just didn’t feel comfortable with that. Or when Trainer Girl brought me to dinner at a friend’s house. I was NOT prepared for the number of people and attention I was getting! I must admit I got overwhelmed, and I might have even nervous-peed a little. I felt so bad afterward. Trainer Girl assured me sometimes you need to take a step back in order to go two steps forward. That made me feel better and now I am ready to keep working and take those steps forward! I just started learning a new game, it’s called scent training, and even though I haven’t fully understood it, I really like this game; there is lots of clicking involved and that means lots of treats! Or at least that’s what I think… I know I’ll figure it out soon. And once I do, I’m sure it’s gonna be no time before I get to meet my furever hooman! Please come back soon to check on my progress! Love, Jolie (11/21/2019)
I am so very proud to announce that all of my hard work and the hard work of all of my trainers has paid off! I am currently in the middle of Handler Training with my very special furever human! These are the best two weeks for me! We are working hard together and learning to be a team. I am learning how to help my human and she is learning what treats make me very happy!
Thank you to all of my trainers at the ranch and the prison program for not giving up on me! Thanks to Dana and Josh for letting me live in their homes so I could know how that works too. Special doggy kisses to Dana-I will miss you! Thank you for being you!
Love Denny (5/29/18)
I am very excited to start our life together as a team! I am busy getting to know all the ways I can help him and he is busy learning all of my commands and what kinds of treats to give me! Josh is taking us on lots of field trips to show us what our life will be like together!
I am so happy I worked so hard and listened to all of my trainers! Heather, thank you for being patient and teaching me so much! Wish me luck on my new journey! I am so proud to be me!
Then just when my head is sooo big it’s hard to get into my crate…trainer girl brings my head right back down to regular size…She says things like “Frankie, do not be vocal in the crate!” Then I hear her tell other people “Frankie tends to be vocal in the crate-this is a big challenge for him and we are going to work hard to overcome it.” Weeellll, trainer girl, you have a lot of work to do. The reason I am vocal in the crate is because…I don’t like the crate! I like you! I like people! I like doing DPT and I REALLY like being held! If you would let me out of the crate, I would stop being vocal (because I wouldn’t be in that silly crate!) I’ll try to keep you all updated on who wins the “Battle of the Crate!”
On a happier note…guess what I get to start doing soon…FIELD TRIPS! Yay! Trainer girl says very very soon I will get to start going out in public! Restaurants, stores, parks, playgrounds, beaches, movies (let me know if there are any good ones out that I should see!) I’m so excited to go out with trainer girl! We are going to have a blast together. Check back in soon! Love, Frankie (12/05/18)
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)
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.”
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.”
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.“
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!”