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

Our dogs profiles are up! This is still a work in progress and some dogs still need a bio added, but the majority of our dogs have their monthly update on their profile. Now that the page is live we will work on adding a current picture for each of them. Moving forward, all updates will happen on the profiles below. Thanks for the patience while continue to add this new feature to our website!

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

Our dogs go through three phases of training.

PHASE I:

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

PHASE II:

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

PHASE III:

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

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

Jasmine

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
  Hi everyone! So a lot has been going on at service dog school. I just came back from a foster home that I loved. Now I am adjusting to being back at the ranch. I was very excited to see all of my siblings again. A lot of them have been working at the prison for the last year. I’ve missed them.

While I was at my foster home, I learned a lot of my tasks and I do them when my trainer asks me to. I’m very smart and at the same time I am so very shy and reserved. I have to take some time to get adjusted to everyone here and even to my siblings. WOW! There are a lot of us J’s. We have a lot of catching up to do.  Check back in and I will be able to share more with you. Love, Jasmine (12/05/18)

Avery

Avery

DOB:
Coton de Tulear
Hi Everyone, it’s Avery! Guess What?! I’ve been going out with a foster on the weekends! I get to live at the ranch and train with my training girl, Heather, during the week. Then on the weekend my foster friend comes to break me out! We have so much fun together! We run around LOTS!! She knows just how much Avery loves to run around and play! LOTS!! She also knows (cuz trainer girl told her!) that if Avery gets lots of playtime first, he does much better listening when it is work time! Sounds like a fair deal to me! I have started getting to go out in public-it’s fun but it is also hard work! When we are in public, that means I am working. Even though I might see another dog to play with or a child that wants me to run. No can do-it’s work time and that means practicing my tricks “with distractions!” One place I don’t think I love to go yet-restaurants. I have to lay under the table and watch my people eat!  WHAT? And guess who does not get to eat…even if they drop food?? Avery! And guess who has to be very quiet. Yep, Avery. I can do that all pretty well until the dishes start clanking! YIKES! That noise scares me! It actually makes me let out a woof woof. I am NOT supposed to do that! Once I get settled again and realize I am safe from the dishes, my trainer pets me and says I’m a good boy-then I get a treat. So, I will keep practicing and as long as I get my playtime, I will keep working hard. Come check on me soon!  Love, Avery  (8/3/18)
Austin

Austin

DOB: 1/7/17
Chocolate Lab
Status: Hi Everyone. It’s Austin! I am here to report my awesomeness to you!! I came back from the prison program in October and started working with trainer boy, Spencer at the ranch. Spencer is my cool dude trainer! We do pretty awesome things together!  I know SO many amazing tricks to help my furever human some day (SOON!) Of course I know all the tricks they call “basic” but I also know vest, push, pull, door, alert, get it, brace (this means I’m strong), DPT, stand, lights. I even know how to wear those very special bars called a bracing harness! I love to focus on my trainer and see what he wants me to do next. Do you know how you know when a dog was born to be a service dog??? When your trainer has to list your “weaknesses” (our trainers have to say what we do well and what is harder for us) as you love to work too much!!! WHAT?? How can you love to work TOO much?? I do get very very excited when it’s time to work. But that Spencie boy is so silly sometimes! He should just write NONE under weaknesses!! I look forward to finishing up my training now and getting to meet my furever person very soon! Love, Austin (12/06/18)

April

April

DOB: 1/7/17
Chocolate Lab
Hi Everyone! It’s April! YAY ME! YAY ME!!YAY ME!!!  I have met my very special girl!! I LOVE my girl! We are starting to work together more and more! I even got to see her at Disneyland and spend the day working together! We met so many princesses!  My trainer girl, ‘Laina was teaching us to work together with my girl’s wheelchair. I learned it is very very important to watch out for wheels! Don’t get too close-ouch! Now we have started Handler Training together! That means very soon I will be moving away from the ranch to live with my girl forever! I am so excited. Hurry up my girl and come back to the ranch so we can keep working hard together! I love you! Love, April  (12/06/18)
Aiden

Aiden

DOB: 1/7/17
Chocolate Lab
Status: Hey guys! It’s Aiden! I’m checking in for one last time. I HAVE MY PERSON! I am a real live service dog and I love it! My boy is so very sweet and we are the perfect pair. I love that I get to hang out with him all of the time! I feel very important and special knowing my job is to keep my boy safe and watch out for him. So I do the best job possible! Thank you trainers for helping me get ready for this very big job! Love, Aiden (12/05//18)
Bindi

Bindi

DOB: 10/1/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hi All! It’s Bindi! I am one of the English Cream Goldens that came from the Ukraine! The Ukraine is very far away from San Diego! Do you know what that means? It means I have the fabulous potential to be the most amazing baby mama! My very important job for Little Angels is to create….Little Angels! I take my job very seriously! Right now, I get to relax and just be Bindi. Soon, it will be time for me to become a mommy! I love babies so I know I will be a great mommy! I cannot wait to share when I have little booboos in my tummy and then eventually share pictures of my cute little booboos with you. Lets start thinking about cute little names… (8/1/18)
Cora

Cora

DOB:
English Cream Golden Retriever
Hi. This is Cora with some exciting news to share. I have left the ranch and guess what? I am going to be a breeding dog for Little Angels Service Dogs. I just moved in with my new Breeding Foster Family. Do you know what that means? I will explain…first, it means I am beautiful and everyone believes I will make beautiful puppies for Little Angels. Second, it means I will never be a service dog, but my job is just as important-I will make lots of future service dogs that will someday help all of you. Third, I have a “good temperament” I think that means I’m so sweet, so loving and a good listener and so my babies should be also. Fourth, I will live with my Breeding Foster Family in a HOME! I get to be spoiled! I get to be a pet! I do not get to go out in public but that is okay. My job is bigger than that right now. I won’t have updates often. Only if I do something exceptionally cute and adorable that my new family wants to share. Other than that, you will hear from me when…I am going to have babies! Love, Cora (8/1/18)
Cora

Cora

DOB: 8/18/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hello everyone. I’m Cora. I am the most gorgeous of the breeding dogs here at Little Angels.  I’ve come all the way from the Ukraine with the very special job of making future service dogs. They are so happy with my beautiful self-they will not be able to believe all of the gorgeous puppies I will have to help our recipients! I’ve yet to become a mother dog, but let me tell you I’m so excited for the day I have my first litter. In fact, I have thought up some names that I think I’d like for them. Would you like to hear them? I can’t resist so I’ll tell you anyways. Lets just keep this between you and me for now…you never know what these training people are thinking.  Ssshhhhhhhhh!  For my daughters’ names  I’ve chosen Reya, Reagan, and Ryleigh. For my baby boys I like Rocket, Ryder, and River.  Aren’t these the cutest names?  In the meantime, even though I will not be a service dog, I’m still working with my trainer, Heather. I am learning lots of commands and learning how to have good manners. That way I will be well-behaved and beautiful for my breeding foster when the time comes. Hopefully by the next time I check-in with you all, it will be to announce that I have puppies on the way.  Love, Cora  (6/20/18)
Cory

Cory

DOB: 1/13/17
Labrador Retriever
Status: Cory has put in a lot of hard work the last few months and it has paid off! He is great with his basic commands and has an adorable personality. We are becoming more and more confident with him getting into public and love where he’s headed. Since the last report, he has done well to control his own energy, but he still has some work to go. Overall we are very pleased with his progress.

Goals: We plan to make Cory consistent with all his basics in public, and start to introduce advanced commands. If he continues to control him excitement level he will be in a great spot. (9/23)

Collette

Collette

3/30/17
Red Poodle
Status: Collette is a very silly poodle with an abundance of energy. She gets very excited to see new people and is extremely friendly. While we love this outgoing personality we are working on helping her control it. She understands her basic commands but has trouble keeping a down-stay and heeling because of her energy. Collette is currently being fostered and we are excited with how she’s doing in a home atmosphere.

Goals: We are hoping that with Collette being in a home she will learn to curb her enthusiasm and be able to respond to commands more consistently in public. She is a very happy-go-lucky dog and we have high hopes for her! (10/22)

Cali

Cali

DOB: 1/13/17
Labrador Retriever
Hi Everyone! I just wanted to send you all one last update! Service Dog life is GREAT! I’ve been with my boy for just over a month now. I love him! We get to be best friends and hang out together all the time! Thank you to all my trainers at the ranch that helped me be the best service dog and then matched me with the most perfect boy for me! I love you LASD trainers! Love, Cali  (12/05/18)
Dusty

Dusty

DOB: 3/7/17
Golden Labrador
Status: Dusty is our energetic boy from this litter and always seems to have more in store. Although he is always bouncing around when playing with his siblings, he does very well with concentrating during training time. Dusty is being fostered and we are excited to seem him continue his knowledge of basic commands

Goals: Socialization and Basic Obedience

Dove

Dove

DOB: 5/6/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Dove has quite the character for a young puppy! She craves attention and can sometimes act out when she doesn’t get it. We have been working with Dove on all of her basics as well as being polite and courteous. She has had success with most of her basic obedience, but sometimes will still struggle with being too energetic. Our trainers are working hard to help her contain herself during training.

Goals: We plan to get Dove closer and closer to being consistent with all basic obedience. Once she does better with these she will start getting into public on field trips where we will asses her confidence and ensure she’s on the right path. (10/22)

Dawson

Dawson

DOB: 3/7/17
Golden Labrador
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s Dawson! I am back from the prison program and hanging out at the ranch! I work with my trainer boy, Spencer, so I can be my best service dog self! I am one of those dogs that loves to work! I am really excited to take all of the training I have had and put it to good use for my special person. I know all of my easy tasks (trainers call them basic) and I know the hard ones especially for smart service dogs! I can turn on lights, open doors, push buttons, get my vest, retrieve items, brace, the list goes on and on. Pretty cool! I am very proud of how hard I have been working and I can tell my trainer boy is too! It makes me so excited to know that even though I am ending one part of my journey at the ranch, I am really just starting my BIG journey with my person. I will love my person so very much! I hope to meet you soon!  Love, Dawson (12/06/18)
Evie

Evie

DOB:
Bichon Frisé
Hi Everyone. It’s Evie. I’m feeling a little put out today. As many of you can see, my bio had never been updated on this page until RIGHT NOW! WHAT?! Is that because I am so little they forget that I too am here working hard to be someone’s special little helper? What is going on around here? I can be LOUDER if that will grab me some of the attention! Anyways, I have been very busy working at the ranch! These trainers like to think they are the boss of me! Sometimes I let them and sometimes I do not! It’s a balancing act! I am still working on all of my “basic commands.” These include sit, down, stay (hahaha silly trainers) and those first “tricks” we all have to learn. I was being trained using this clicking thing. I did what they wanted so they would STOP CLICKING! It worked. Now, the trainers are asking me to “touch.” This means they have a treat in their hand and I am supposed to follow their hand around to get the treat. We are at a little bit of a standoff as I much prefer to sit and be hand-fed my treats without working. One of us will have to give in soon I guess. I also have been learning to “heel” on a leash. This is okay. Not great and not as horrible as having to follow a hand to get my treat! Sometimes I heel and sometimes I do not. Don’t you think it would be so boring for those trainers if every time they want me to do something I just do it?? If I have to work, I will make them work too. It’s pretty fun because I am so cute those trainers can’t help but smile or giggle when I pretend to be the boss! Please come back and check in soon. Help me make sure they are keeping my page up to date and not forgetting about little ol’ me! PS…If anyone would like a cute little white fluffball to foster I AM AVAILABLE! Pick me pick me! I will even let you be the boss-most of the time! Love, Evie (7/31/18)

 

 

 

Elliot

Elliot

4/17/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s me Elliot! Guess what I’ve been doing? Working hard! Really hard so that some day I will get to be a very special dog to a very special human! I know it has been awhile since I’ve checked in so you may not remember my “goals” from last time. Well, I sure do. I had to work on not picking up food that people would drop on the floor! Very tricky for me-human food is fabulous! But, TADA! I do not pick up food off the floor. Sometimes, it does make me drool but I still “leave it” like they tell me to. I also can turn lights on and off from all the way across the room now! Guess what else I’ve learned to do and gotten really good at? “Brace!”  This is when I stand up and hold my body tight and strong. Then a human can put their hands on my back and use me for support so they can stand up! How cool is that?!  AND I am also doing much better with new people-especially new men. They used to make me very nervous but not so much anymore. See how hard I’ve been working? That’s why it’s been awhile since I could send you an update! No time, I’m busy training!

Goals: Goals are things we all work on to get better and better at life. I will keep working on all my “advanced tasks” that the humans would like me to do. “Open” “pull” “push” all of these “words” will be able to help a furever human when I am a service dog. That is why I like doing them so much.  I like to help people! Come back soon and lets see how well I am still doing!  Love, Elliot  (6/21/18)

Ellie

Ellie

DOB: 4/17/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s Miss Ellie! I have amazing news to share!  I will be going to my forever person in January! January…that is not very far away! Trainer girl, Alaina, is working really hard to help me be the best service dog ever! I actually get to live with her while I finish up my training. I love my trainer girl! Right after that great big sparkly ball drops and it makes numbers change from 2018 to 2019, and all the humans yell and sing and kiss…it will be time for me to meet my person! I’m waiting for you special person. We are going to be a great team! Love, Ellie (12/06/2018) 
Frankie

Frankie

DOB: 12/13/17
Bichon Frise
Hi Everyone! I’m back to give you an update on how things are going!   When I listen to the trainer girl, Jen, talk about me, it makes my head grow really big-almost as big as my whole body!  She tells everyone how smart I am…and I really am! Sometimes I amaze myself, but I amaze trainer girl even more-especially when we start learning a new task. It takes some dogs multiple lessons to be able to learn a new thing. Not me! I learned the alert game in just ONE session! Yep, you read that right-just one session! DPT (Deep Pressure Therapy) same thing-count ’em… 1 session! Who does that?? Little ole Frankie that’s who!

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)

Figgy

Figgy

DOB: 12/18/17
Bichon Frise
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)

Hunter

Hunter

DOB: 3/12/18
Yellow Labrador Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Hunter! As you can see from my birthdate, I am still just a baby of a dog. I came up to the prison program with the M litter. And yes, I was on that same ride that had those silly trainers, Josh and Dana, singing from the front of the van. You really have no idea what that was like. Anyways, we made it! So, here I am. The men trainers here are learning how to train service dogs. Dana and Josh are teaching them all of the “tricks” we need to know. Then in a few months, Dana and Josh will come back (woohoo! I don’t have to listen to them on the way up!) to teach the inmates even more “tricks” to teach us. Sometimes I wonder if it’s a little like a competition…”Look at what my dog can do!”  “Oh well look at my dog!” It makes us pups laugh because we can decide every time who gets to win the competition! I don’t think the trainers even know that yet. Some day they will realize it, but for now, us puppies get to have a little fun with our trainers and each other!  Love, Hunter (8/1/18) 
June

June

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s me, June! We are back at the ranch and working hard! Well, some of us are. Not Jean, that’s for sure! Poor Jean. She’s still afraid of everything. I wish I could teach her how to be calm like me! Boss Boy, Josh came marching into our “Pack Review” with Boss Lady, Katie, today. He was looking all tough and had a dark hood on and walked with loud feet. I was NOT scared. It’s Boss Boy for goodness sake. He’s silly when he acts like that. I’m am doing better and better at the ranch. I feel happy, I feel relaxed. I like it here. I like when trainer girl, Sam, tells me how awesome I am! I really love when she gives me TREATS! When I get treats it makes me want to work! Don’t give up on us J’s yet! I believe some of us still have it in us to work for a special human some day. It’s just going to take us a little longer.   Love, June (12/06/18)
Juliet

Juliet

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever

Hi Everyone. It’s Juliet. I am one of the amazing pups from the J litter but I am currently living with my foster family, not up at the prison like my siblings. I am doing really well with my family and they are teaching me lots of really cool “tricks” that will help my furever human some day. I am getting really good at understanding “tricks” like “sit” “watch me” “take a break!” (love this trick!) ” alert” and even “touch.”  There is so  much to learn to help our special humans. Since I am doing a good job learning and practicing, I am now getting to learn even more “tricks” like “heel” (that means to walk right beside my human and do not pull” “paws up” (this feels like a cozy cuddly command-I am going to be so good at this!) “under” (in restaurants we have to lay quietly under a table while our humans eat!! Yikes!) “come” “down.” I really like learning all of my new “tricks.” And I also really like when I hear my foster mommy telling people  “Juliette is has an amazing personality and loves to show her affection to everybody. She does very well with kids. We will be sad to bring her back to the ranch and hope our forever dog will have her demeanor!”  When I heard this my heart just kept getting bigger and bigger. My whole body felt all warm and fuzzy too. I love my foster mommy and my foster family so much. They take such good care of me and teach me how to be a very special helper to a very special human!

Adventures: One of the very best parts of being in a foster family is that I get to be the queen of adventures! You cannot even imagine all of the places I get to go! I’ve been to Costco, PetSmart, Target, movie theaters and restaurants. I even go to school and doctor and dentist appointments! There are so many things to explore and so many fun places to go! And I’ll let you in on a little secret…even though I am just a baby dog still, I got to go to a Winery! It was so relaxing being there in the sunshine and watching people chat together and be happy! Most of the time I am a very good girl on adventures. Sometimes, I forget my good manners and do silly dog things. On Cinco De Mayo I went to a party. Everyone thought I was such a good girl when I stayed “under” the table while they ate dinner on the lawn. Then they looked and saw the big hole I dug in the lawn. They were not even a little bit proud of my hole or how quiet I could be while digging. Oops. Another time I went to a Chili Cookoff Contest. My foster mommy tried so hard to get me to poop early. I just didn’t need to. Then suddenly while everyone was setting up the booth and getting ready…I had to poop! Really badly! I. Pooped. In. The. Middle. Of. The. Road. I just had to go! The good news was the event had not started yet and I actually didn’t have on my very special vest yet. Thank goodness because pooping in the road is a pretty big no no for service dogs!

Goals: My foster mommy and I work together on goals that will help me be a better service dog. We have decided that for now it is most important for me to continue to work on “tricks” like “heel” “come” and “down.” These are called the “basics” and are pretty important tricks to know when you are helping your furever person. Please come check back soon and see how I am doing! Love, Juliet (6/25/18)

Julian

Julian

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone. It’s Julian. I am back at the ranch! My siblings and I all graduated from the prison program in October and made the long drive back to Little Angels in Jamul. I know you are all very curious about how we are doing and I have to say it’s a little embarrassing to talk about. However, I know it is important so I will share the story. We are struggling a little bit. We are the sweetest most beautiful dogs, and yet, we are just a little nervous about life. When we first got back to the ranch, I was REALLY nervous. I couldn’t even look my trainer girl in the eyes. I liked to look at her when she wasn’t looking because she is so sweet and gentle with me. She seems to get just how nervous I am. Trainer girl, Alaina, has been working with me to trust that I am safe. I used to try to dart away from her and now I know, ‘Laina is helping me. She is teaching me to do down/stays ( I have a hard time doing them for very long.) She is showing me how to sit, and wait and how to heel on a leash. Guess what? The longer I am here, the better I am feeling. ‘Laina says I have more confidence now! I am showing ‘Laina that I can do some of the things she wants me to do. I know we have lots and lots of work to do still, but I am going to keep trying to be brave, to pay attention to trainer girl and I will try REALLY hard to leave the girl doggies alone! Supposedly, they are off limits! Please keep sending me good wishes to get better and better so some day I can help a special human! Love, Julian (12/06/18)
Joy

Joy

DOB: 3/7/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Joy! So, as you all know by now, we are back at the ranch and have graduated from the prison program. Coming back to the ranch has been pretty tricky for us. The changes have us all a little rattled. We are definitely making our trainers work hard. My trainer girl, Alaina, is helping me learn to LISTEN when she tells me to do something. When we first got back, I did not listen at all. She would want me to walk right beside her but I wanted to run. I also didn’t want her to think she could be the boss of me ALL the time! So when she would tell me to go inside my crate, I said no. Not with my words but with my body! haha. I just sat there and looked at her! She didn’t really think it was super funny but sometimes I could see her smile just a tiny bit. I have started listening a little more. I am staying in my down/stays longer when she asks me to and I have started heeling a little better.

Today I showed off for boss lady and boss boy! Boss lady, Katie, was “reviewing” us today with our trainers (doesn’t that sound so official?) Well, part of our “test” was boss boy, Josh, coming in trying to be all scary! He had on a hood, and had a scary look on his face and made big thumpy steps when he walked. I KNOW they thought I would be a scaredy-dog or bark or growl. NOPE! I just looked at boss boy, like, “Really?? Halloween is over, dude!” Then when he came closer…I licked his hand! He didn’t look so scary anymore! Yay me! Boss Boy-you did not scare JOY!

I know you are all very anxious to see us do great things. Don’t give up on us yet! Love,  Joy (12/06/18)

Jordan

Jordan

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Jordan again! Guess what????? WE’RE BAAAAAACCCCKKKKK!! Yep! The J litter is back in town (Jamul that is!) We busted out of the prison, jumped in that van with dogs all over it and hitched a ride back to our favorite place-the ranch! This is the best place to be! There are fields to run in, puddles to jump in, bunk houses to sleep in, and oh yea…trainers to listen to…yea there’s that. I guess we can’t have our cake and eat it too. The trainers aren’t bad. They just want us to work and train and if I’m being honest, I have to say I like to PLAY! A lot! Playing is so much fun! I also love to be cuddled and hugged!

It’s not that I can’t do my tasks. I really can. In fact, I was the first one of the J litter to do my advanced tasks when asked. But there is a difference between knowing how to and not wanting to. Trainer girl, Jen says the difference is called being “stubborn.” I like the word “strong-willed” better. It makes me sound like I am really big and strong! I’m going to have to talk to trainer girl about the vocabulary she chooses to use.  Love, Jordan  (12/05/18)

Jolie

Jolie

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Jolie! I know you’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it too. The J’s are back at the ranch. Even though I am really happy to be back, I am feeling really shy. Sometimes it is hard for me to be brave. Although, I was very proud when that boss boy, Josh, came marching in the classroom with a dark hood and tried to make a serious face, I did NOT freak out like he thought I might. My insides were a tiny bit nervous, but I did great! And when he pet me and made his face go back to regular Josh face, and told me how good I did, I felt all happy and let him pet me. I did not even back up! New things still make me nervous. Today, the trainers tried to put treats in new items so I would get close to it to get my treat, but I just couldn’t do it.  All I really know right now, is that I am working hard to see if I can be brave. I guess time will tell what my path will be…stay tuned for updates.  Love, Jolie (12/06/18)
Jean

Jean

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone…it’s me…Jean. I’m back at the ranch with all of my siblings now. Nothing has changed for me…I’m still scaredy-dog Jean. I really wish I was named Nellie…then they could call me Nervous Nellie. It’s just who I was born to be. Every single thing makes me nervous and every noise feels loud. Some day I am going to find my person or my family and be loved and cuddled and happy. For now, I am going to tip toe back to the barn and lay down in the corner and be very quiet so no one knows I am even here.  Wish me luck…Love, Jean (12/06/18)
Jay

Jay

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi everyone, it’s Jay. We are all back at the ranch after doing lots of training in the prison program. We are settling in and remembering all of the things we loved about the ranch when we were just puppies. It’s such a lovely place to be. It makes my heart so happy to be back here.

The older I am getting, the more my personality is coming out. My trainer girl, Jen, knows just who I am and how to work with me. She calls me lots of words-she says I’m “more reserved” than my brothers are. She says I’m more “hesitant.” I’m not sure what those words mean. But then she says words I do know.  She says  that I am “so sweet.”  She makes my heart beat hard when she knows I need a hug or a gentle tummy rub. She knows I like to cuddle-she says I’m “affectionate.”  She knows that  I can be a really good worker and do my tasks, but that sometimes I just need a gentle person with me. I’m glad I have lots more time to work with trainer girl and get used to this very big world.  Love, Jay (12/05/18)

Jamie

Jamie

DOB: 8/16/17

English Cream Retriever
    Hi there! It’s Jamie.  I’m back from the prison program and getting settled into the ranch. There are a lot of things to get used to.  We have different trainers, a different place to sleep,  a huge place to play and run.

When I was at the prison and when I first came back to the ranch, I was really (I mean REALLY) excited by all the female dogs! They are gorgeous! However, it was a no no to go after the females in the workplace and school. The trainers really frowned upon it. Then they took me to the doctor and did something to my private parts!!!! Goodness! I guess they were serious!

When trainer girl wants me to work hard and when I want to work hard at the same time, I do a great job! I know all of my tasks and when I feel like it, I am really awesome. I guess the problem is I don’t always feel like it. There are a lot of times that it seems way more fun to play and play and play some more!  Trainer girl likes to call me “stubborn.” I like to call me “playful and fun-loving!” I’m going to be done for now…I think I hear trainer girl coming…if I pretend to be asleep maybe I won’t have to go work! Shhhhhhh Love, Jamie  (12/05/18) 

Kasey

Kasey

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever

I wanted to do something a little different for the bios of our dogs that are currently training in the prison program. The inmates must write updates on the dogs they work with, just as our trainers do. These dogs were just placed in the prison in October, when we brought the J litter back to the ranch. As the inmates are getting used to their new pups and learning their personalities, I thought it would be interesting to share their thoughts (in their words) on their new little pals, so you can all experience their first impressions of the puppies. It is important to remember, these inmates just stopped working with much older dogs. They are having to start the process all over again with puppy behaviors and work through those.  I thought I would share these updates for a few cycles, so you can see firsthand how the puppies are growing and maturing through the eyes of the inmates training them. Two things for you to remember while reading them…these are puppies and the inmates are just getting to know them! 

They’ve listed the notes as pros and cons 😊

Cons

  • possessive over his leash
  • doesn’t like to stay in his place when we are out of his view
  • sometimes he doesn’t like to come out of his crate in the room
  • solicits attention from people

Pros

  • very attentive
  • eager to please and train
  • waits for his next command
  • loves stuff in his mouth
  • loving/sensitive

(12/06/2018)   

Kolby

Kolby

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever

I wanted to do something a little different for the bios of our dogs that are currently training in the prison program. The inmates must write updates on the dogs they work with, just as our trainers do. These dogs were just placed in the prison in October, when we brought the J litter back to the ranch. As the inmates are getting used to their new pups and learning their personalities, I thought it would be interesting to share their thoughts (in their words) on their new little pals, so you can all experience their first impressions of the puppies. It is important to remember, these inmates just stopped working with much older dogs. They are having to start the process all over again with puppy behaviors and work through those.  I thought I would share these updates for a few cycles, so you can see firsthand how the puppies are growing and maturing through the eyes of the inmates training them. Two things for you to remember while reading them…these are puppies and the inmates are just getting to know them! 

They’ve listed the notes as pros and cons 😊

Cons

  • jumps on people, couches, tables
  • lunges for anything he wants in his mouth-scarves, bones, toys
  • digs in the mud
  • sniffs the ground a lot
  • sneaky-this could be a pro or con depending on how smart he is

Pros

  • loves to put things in his mouth
  • loves to pull things
  • extremely smart to the point that he thinks he can outsmart us
  • sneaky-pro or con depending on how smart he is
  • loves to please and be busy with commands
  • very attentive
  • focused
  • super cute
  • confident
  • strong willed
  • loves to explore even when feeling a little apprehensive

(12/06/2018)

Kendal

Kendal

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever

I wanted to do something a little different for the bios of our dogs that are currently training in the prison program. The inmates must write updates on the dogs they work with, just as our trainers do. These dogs were just placed in the prison in October, when we brought the J litter back to the ranch. As the inmates are getting used to their new pups and learning their personalities, I thought it would be interesting to share their thoughts (in their words) on their new little pals, so you can all experience their first impressions of the puppies. It is important to remember, these inmates just stopped working with much older dogs. They are having to start the process all over again with puppy behaviors and work through those.  I thought I would share these updates for a few cycles, so you can see firsthand how the puppies are growing and maturing through the eyes of the inmates training them. Two things for you to remember while reading them…these are puppies and the inmates are just getting to know them! 

They’ve listed the notes as pros and cons 😊

Cons

  • pulls in the direction HE decides to go in
  • jumps on couches, chairs, tables and people who walk by him
  • anxious when people pet him
  • scoops up rocks and grass
  • not always, but sometimes, gets fearful of birds in the sky
  • when he is doing his laps and a large person or dark image comes by us, he gets cautious and stops. Won’t continue until the person gets closer and he can see them

Pros

  • very attentive when people are hurt or sick
  • super sniffer
  • lovable/sensitive
  • loves wheelchairs/walkers-she lays right in front of them

(12/06/2018)

Kalvin

Kalvin

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever

I wanted to do something a little different for the bios of our dogs that are currently training in the prison program. The inmates must write updates on the dogs they work with, just as our trainers do. These dogs were just placed in the prison in October, when we brought the J litter back to the ranch. As the inmates are getting used to their new pups and learning their personalities, I thought it would be interesting to share their thoughts (in their words) on their new little pals, so you can all experience their first impressions of the puppies. It is important to remember, these inmates just stopped working with much older dogs. They are having to start the process all over again with puppy behaviors and work through those.  I thought I would share these updates for a few cycles, so you can see firsthand how the puppies are growing and maturing through the eyes of the inmates training them. Two things for you to remember while reading them…these are puppies and the inmates are just getting to know them! 

They’ve listed the notes as pros and cons 😊

Cons

  • very cautious of random things he does not recognize
  • wasn’t cautious of big huge sanitation truck but cautious of  a golf cart
  • pulls while healing
  • sniffs ground a lot, won’t pay attention even with redirection and clicker training
  • pulls toward the hallway and room when we are in the unit
  • watch me is weak

Pros

  • extremely gentle and sweet personality like Dylan
  • sits perfectly while being pet
  • likes wheelchairs and those feeling sick or upset
  • loves sitting under the desk or in his place, will be good in a group setting

(12/07/2018)

Karson

Karson

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
Hi Everyone, it’s Karson. My brothers and sisters and I are getting very big now! We just turned 6 months old!! A whole half of a year! Lots of my brothers and sisters went to start training at the prison program. But I am staying at the ranch to work with trainers.  I wonder if this is because I am their favorite?? One of my brothers said it’s because I’m a baby and I really just want to be loved and cuddled and treated like a little puppy still. I think he’s  just jealous…but I wonder how he knew all that about me? I really do just want everyone to love me. Trainer girl says I’m the most “affectionate” doggie there is. I know this means sweetest and cuddly because she hugs me and smiles big at me whenever she says it. I love her too.

Being so lovable makes training kind of hard for me. I do know all of my basic commands like sit and down and stay. But it is so hard to learn my advanced tasks like alert, and open and pull. I think it is so hard because the whole time I am in training, I just keep thinking, “is it time for a hug? Is it time for a belly rub? Trainer girl, do you love me?” Even though I already know she loves me, I just need her to keep showing me over and over and over. It gets in the way of training. Maybe now that I am getting bigger I will start trusting how much I am loved and start concentrating more on training. Check in soon to see how I am doing with this. Or better yet, you could just come by and visit and pet me while you tell me how sweet I am. Lots of love, Karson  (12/05/18)

Kramer

Kramer

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
I wanted to do something a little different for the bios of our dogs that are currently training in the prison program. The inmates must write updates on the dogs they work with, just as our trainers do. These dogs were just placed in the  prison in October, when we brought the J litter back to the ranch. As the inmates are getting used to their new pups and learning their personalities, I thought it would be interesting to share their thoughts (in their words) on their new little pals, so you can all experience their first impressions of the puppies. It is important to remember, these inmates just stopped working with much older dogs. They are having to start the process all over again with puppy behaviors and work through those.  I thought I would share these updates for a few cycles so you can see first hand how the puppies are growing and maturing through the eyes of the inmates training them. Two things for you to remember while reading them…these are puppies and the inmates are just getting to know them!  They’ve listed the notes as pros and cons 🙂

CONS

  • cautious when interacting with people but will eat kibble from anyone
  • solicits attention from people and dogs
  • pulls while healing
  • excitable bursts of energy
  • unsure of people and  noises approaching and passing by
  • chases tail a lot
  • likes birds and distractions

Pros

  • comes out of crate on command in room
  • super sniffer
  • eager to train and please
  • fearless with trucks, carts and golf carts
  • great with wait and bypasses kibble

(12/06/2018)

Kammie

Kammie

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
Hi Everyone. Sometimes being a service dog is hard work. Sometimes a dog decides it is just not the job for them. That’s what happened for me. I decided being a pet would make me so happy. I don’t want to have to go out in public to all of those places. I think instead of helping to take care of a human, I just want humans to take care of me. My trainers explained that this is okay. It does not mean I’m selfish. It just means cuddling and staying home makes me feel happier. I have this amazing new family. We still live in CA and we all love each other SO MUCH! They think I am the BEST! And I also have a brand new name from my brand new family. They call me Stella now! It feels so fancy! I love it! Keep routing for the rest of my brothers and sisters! They are at the prison program working hard for you!  Love, Kammie/Stella (12/05/18)
Kaylynn

Kaylynn

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever

I wanted to do something a little different for the bios of our dogs that are currently training in the prison program. The inmates must write updates on the dogs they work with, just as our trainers do. These dogs were just placed in the prison in October, when we brought the J litter back to the ranch. As the inmates are getting used to their new pups and learning their personalities, I thought it would be interesting to share their thoughts (in their words) on their new little pals, so you can all experience their first impressions of the puppies. It is important to remember, these inmates just stopped working with much older dogs. They are having to start the process all over again with puppy behaviors and work through those.  I thought I would share these updates for a few cycles, so you can see firsthand how the puppies are growing and maturing through the eyes of the inmates training them. Two things for you to remember while reading them…these are puppies and the inmates are just getting to know them! 

They’ve listed the notes as pros and cons 😊

Cons

  • not food/kibble motivated
  • hard to clicker train because she spits kibble out
  • high alert on animals, sounds, sights and distractions
  • focus still needs improvement

Pros

  • showing improvement with attentiveness
  • very comforting
  • uses her nose a lot
  • loves to carry things, pick things up

(12/06/2018)

Kira

Kira

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
  I wanted to do something a little different for the bios of our dogs that are currently training in the prison program. The inmates must write updates on the dogs they work with, just as our trainers do. These dogs were just placed in the prison in October, when we brought the J litter back to the ranch. As the inmates are getting used to their new pups and learning their personalities, I thought it would be interesting to share their thoughts (in their words) on their new little pals, so you can all experience their first impressions of the puppies. It is important to remember, these inmates just stopped working with much older dogs. They are having to start the process all over again with puppy behaviors and work through those.  I thought I would share these updates for a few cycles, so you can see firsthand how the puppies are growing and maturing through the eyes of the inmates training them. Two things for you to remember while reading them…these are puppies and the inmates are just getting to know them! 

They’ve listed the notes as pros and cons 😊

Cons

  • barks for attention when no one is in the room
  • hates coming out of her crate in the room
  • solicits attention from people and dogs
  • pulls while heeling
  • chases tail while heeling
  • trouble with “watch me” while heeling
  • easily distracted

Pros

  • trains good on flat collar most of the time
  • loves men and women
  • is alert to physical pain and wants to be with them and comfort them
  • has a good sniffer
  • remains aware of her surroundings
  • loves wheelchairs and people in them
  • comforts those that are sad

(12/06/2018)

Kelly

Kelly

DOB 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
Hi Everyone. I’m not sure if you remember from my last update, but I was so certain I wanted to be a service dog. I thought it looked so cool to be out there doing everything those trainers asked you to do. And then I got to do it. Guess what? I did not like it. It was not as cool as it looked. My trainers were really understanding and let me change my focus. I got to become a pet instead of a service dog and I LOVE IT! This is the perfect path for me. I’m happy for my siblings that are still working hard and training to help their special humans, but I’m happier for me getting to love my special family and be a very special pet. I even have a really cool new name-they call me Cali (it’s where I’m from) and now I live in Arizona!  Please keep cheering for my siblings! They are working hard.  Love, Kelly (12/05/18)
Lulu

Lulu

Yellow Labrador Retriever

I wanted to do something a little different for the bios of our dogs that are currently training in the prison program. The inmates must write updates on the dogs they work with, just as our trainers do. These dogs were just placed in the prison in October, when we brought the J litter back to the ranch. As the inmates are getting used to their new pups and learning their personalities, I thought it would be interesting to share their thoughts (in their words) on their new little pals, so you can all experience their first impressions of the puppies. It is important to remember, these inmates just stopped working with much older dogs. They are having to start the process all over again with puppy behaviors and work through those.  I thought I would share these updates for a few cycles, so you can see firsthand how the puppies are growing and maturing through the eyes of the inmates training them. Two things for you to remember while reading them…these are puppies and the inmates are just getting to know them! 

They’ve listed the notes as pros and cons 😊

Cons

  • high energy
  • attention seeker
  • focuses on birds and cats, not always able to draw attention away

Pros

  • smart/quick learner
  • fearless of things and people
  • good attention
  • kibble motivated
  • smells out wounds/ IV spots
  • high energy
  • behaves better when I have a migraine or cold

 

Lilo

Lilo

DOB:
Yellow Labrador Retriever
Hi. My name is Lilo. I have left my foster family and moved back to the ranch to work with the trainers. Especially, trainer girl, Sam. I like Sam. She is helping me learn lots of cool things to be a special service dog helper when I grow up! Right now I hear her say that I am kind of “hyper!” Haha, I think that’s just because I am young! I am starting to learn new tasks like sit and stay and come and down. Those can be pretty hard to do, but I am learning and doing better every day. I’m also not really afraid of little things that other dogs are. Like when the little boy that lives at the ranch had to ride his toy zebra around the classroom. Some dogs were all freaked out-“AH what is that striped dog with wheels? Oh my goodness! Will it get me? Why is the little boy on it’s back? OH NO! It’s coming closer!” I just wanted to say…”Dogs, relax! It’s a zebra!” Silly silly dogs.  Well, check back in with me soon! Trainer girl and I are going out to learn new tricks! Love, Lilo  (12/06/2018)
Lani

Lani

DOB:
Your Title

I wanted to do something a little different for the bios of our dogs that are currently training in the prison program. The inmates must write updates on the dogs they work with, just as our trainers do. These dogs were just placed in the prison in October, when we brought the J litter back to the ranch. As the inmates are getting used to their new pups and learning their personalities, I thought it would be interesting to share their thoughts (in their words) on their new little pals, so you can all experience their first impressions of the puppies. It is important to remember, these inmates just stopped working with much older dogs. They are having to start the process all over again with puppy behaviors and work through those.  I thought I would share these updates for a few cycles, so you can see firsthand how the puppies are growing and maturing through the eyes of the inmates training them. Two things for you to remember while reading them…these are puppies and the inmates are just getting to know them! 

They’ve listed the notes as pros and cons 😊

Cons

  • barking at new/unusual sights and sounds: ladders, keys jingling, loud heavy sounds. The barking is never aggressive. It is usually little woofs, rarely a hard bark.
  • high energy levels when handled by another trainer that is not as confident with her.
  • impatient
  • vocal groans, excessive groans
  • solicits attention from people

Pros

  • super receptive
  • very smart
  • loves to learn and train, learns quickly
  • amazing recall skills
  • extremely kibble motivated. no high value treats needed
  • maintains focus well even with distractions
  • no resource guarding, not territorial at all
  • stays in crate waiting for food, with door open always
  • very attentive
  • fearless, confident, barrels into every situation
  • great sense of smell

(12/07/2018)

 

Leila

Leila

DOB:
Yellow Labrador Retriever
My name is Leila.  I moved to the ranch in July with my siblings. I’ve been very busy growing and learning new things in the last 5 months. The trainers at the ranch are really fun. They teach us new tricks to help our furever humans one day. When they teach us these new tricks they make it seem really fun, like a game and then we get extra yummy treats!

While I was at the ranch I learned all of my basic tasks like sit and stay and down and wait. I was really good at them! I was so good they had to start teaching me harder tricks. Now I do things like open and close doors! Did you know dogs could do that? I also love to play the retrieval game. I can even get special objects that my trainer wants me to pick up for her! Sometimes the big dogs whisper and tell me to tell the trainer to get it herself, but I NEVER do that!  I think the big dogs are trying to get me into trouble. Plus I like to pick up items and see how happy trainer girl gets!

Now I have big news…I am no longer at the ranch! I miss them but now I live in a home! They are called my foster family. They are helping me get ready for my furever family! I even get to go to school! I am so awesome that I can do a down/stay for an entire class with my foster! That is more than one whole hour!

When I am working, I am super duper awesome! It’s actually when I am on break that I can get in trouble. Sometimes I forget that I am supposed to be growing up and acting like a big dog and when that happens I chew everything! I LOVE TO CHEW-it doesn’t really matter what it is! My foster family is going to help me learn how to live in a home AND not to chew things in a home-like shoes, or furniture or anything else that I shouldn’t! Please come back and check on me again soon. Hopefully by then,  I will only be chewing dog toys and dog bones!  Love, Leila (12/05/18)

Loki

Loki

DOB: 11/1/16
Terrier French Bulldog
Hi Everyone! It’s Loki! I have HUGE BIG news to share!! I’ve met my girl! It is true love! Did you know that it is really really hard for rescue dogs to become service dogs? It really is! Trainers have to work extra hard to help us get used to life outside of the kennel and sometimes to forget some things that happened to us before we got to live at this amazing ranch. But I did it! The trainers did it! We all did it together! And now here I am-going through Handler Training with my girl! She makes me smile so big. Some people use to say I looked like a grumpy old man. All I needed was my girl! Now I have the biggest smile ever!  Love, Loki  (12/05/18) 
Mickey

Mickey

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
M.I.C.K.E.Y….Do I not have the BEST name ever?! Hi everyone! It’s me, Mickey! Guess where I am? The prison program! Do you know my siblings and I are the first litter to go up to the men’s prison program?! This is very exciting! We are teaching them how to be good service dog trainers and they are teaching us how to be good service dogs! We all get to be happy learning together. So far, we have had time to settle in to our new home and have just started learning these “tricks” called “basic commands.” Once we start getting good at these and have had time to adjust, I will be back to let you know just how things are going! Love, Mickey (8/1/18)
Mia

Mia

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
Hi Humans! It’s Mia. So, after my siblings and I came to the ranch, we moved pretty quickly up to the prison program! We are considered very special because it’s the first time the men have had Little Angels to train! Do you know what that means? We get trained AND we get spoiled! Our inmates love us so much and they want us to feel safe in this new place with them. So, we get lots of treats and tummy rubs! I think I might want to live here forever! Please come check back with us when we have reports to post about how awesome we are doing! Love, Mia (8/1/18) 
Mae

Mae

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Mae! One day some trainers from the ranch (their names were Dana and Josh) took us on a BIG adventure! They put a bunch of our crates in a van and off we went! They told us we were going to a new home for awhile and that we would learn lots of really cool “tricks” to help humans one day. Did you know that Dana and Josh are great trainers and NOT great singers? Nobody packed ear plugs for any of us. It was a very long ride. We tried to sleep. It was not easy.  They finally got us settled into the prison program with our new men trainers. These men love to train us and they love to cuddle us too. When you do a “trick” really well, these big men get really gushy and silly. They have different “happy” voices for puppies that do “good tricks!” We pups, look at each other and giggle when this happens. How does that happen to a big man voice? I think it’s like magic. When we start getting better and better at our tricks, we will post an update so you can see all the cool things we are learning here. PS…do not go on long trips with those trainers unless you bring ear plugs. Love, Mae (8/1/18)
Monte

Monte

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
Hi Outside World! It’s Monte from inside the Prison Program.  My siblings and I moved here on June 10, 2018 and we have been busy learning ever since. The men here take good care of us. They are very excited to have puppies here so they work really hard so we will get to stay for a long time.  Did you know that when you cuddle up in the neck of the inmates here they get all happy and tell us how much they love us? It makes my heart really happy for me and for them. The men trainers here are teaching us things like “sit” “down” “come” “stay” so that we will have good manners. After we learn good manners, we get to learn bigger tricks that will make us good human helpers! Some day soon, I hope I can give you an update on all of the tricks I am learning and maybe some pictures of these trainer men that like puppy cuddles so much. Love, Monte (8/1/18)
Nelson

Nelson

DOB:
Golden-Doodle

I wanted to do something a little different for the bios of our dogs that are currently training in the prison program. The inmates must write updates on the dogs they work with, just as our trainers do. These dogs were just placed in the prison in October, when we brought the J litter back to the ranch. As the inmates are getting used to their new pups and learning their personalities, I thought it would be interesting to share their thoughts (in their words) on their new little pals, so you can all experience their first impressions of the puppies. It is important to remember, these inmates just stopped working with much older dogs. They are having to start the process all over again with puppy behaviors and work through those.  I thought I would share these updates for a few cycles, so you can see firsthand how the puppies are growing and maturing through the eyes of the inmates training them. Two things for you to remember while reading them…these are puppies and the inmates are just getting to know them! 

They’ve listed the notes as pros and cons 😊

Cons

  • whines in crate when alone
  • pulls towards female dogs more

Pros

  • good smeller
  • heels great
  • loves to carry things in his mouth without chewing on it
  • fearless but sometimes cautious, recovers quickly
  • attentive

(12/07/2018)

 

Newton

Newton

DOB:
Golden-Doodle

I wanted to do something a little different for the bios of our dogs that are currently training in the prison program. The inmates must write updates on the dogs they work with, just as our trainers do. These dogs were just placed in the prison in October, when we brought the J litter back to the ranch. As the inmates are getting used to their new pups and learning their personalities, I thought it would be interesting to share their thoughts (in their words) on their new little pals, so you can all experience their first impressions of the puppies. It is important to remember, these inmates just stopped working with much older dogs. They are having to start the process all over again with puppy behaviors and work through those.  I thought I would share these updates for a few cycles, so you can see firsthand how the puppies are growing and maturing through the eyes of the inmates training them. Two things for you to remember while reading them…these are puppies and the inmates are just getting to know them! 

They’ve listed the notes as pros and cons 😊

Cons

  • no issues with him at this time, really mild mannered

Pros

  • calm, mild mannered
  • wants to please
  • treat and praise motivated
  • observant of the people and energy around him
  • aware of people’s injuries and medical smells
  • old soul with puppy heart

(12/07/2018)

 

Nova

Nova

DOB:
Golden-doodle

I wanted to do something a little different for the bios of our dogs that are currently training in the prison program. The inmates must write updates on the dogs they work with, just as our trainers do. These dogs were just placed in the prison in October, when we brought the J litter back to the ranch. As the inmates are getting used to their new pups and learning their personalities, I thought it would be interesting to share their thoughts (in their words) on their new little pals, so you can all experience their first impressions of the puppies. It is important to remember, these inmates just stopped working with much older dogs. They are having to start the process all over again with puppy behaviors and work through those.  I thought I would share these updates for a few cycles, so you can see firsthand how the puppies are growing and maturing through the eyes of the inmates training them. Two things for you to remember while reading them…these are puppies and the inmates are just getting to know them! 

They’ve listed the notes as pros and cons 😊

Cons

  • loves to chase wheels
  • solicits attention from people and dogs
  • high energy

Pros

  • quick learner, spot on when she gets it
  • high energy
  • heels great majority of the time
  • very attentive especially to people’s moods
  • practically fearless
  • calmer now than when she first came, focuses better

(12/07/2018)

Neville

Neville

DOB:
Golden-Doodle

 

I wanted to do something a little different for the bios of our dogs that are currently training in the prison program. The inmates must write updates on the dogs they work with, just as our trainers do. These dogs were just placed in the prison in October, when we brought the J litter back to the ranch. As the inmates are getting used to their new pups and learning their personalities, I thought it would be interesting to share their thoughts (in their words) on their new little pals, so you can all experience their first impressions of the puppies. It is important to remember, these inmates just stopped working with much older dogs. They are having to start the process all over again with puppy behaviors and work through those.  I thought I would share these updates for a few cycles, so you can see firsthand how the puppies are growing and maturing through the eyes of the inmates training them. Two things for you to remember while reading them…these are puppies and the inmates are just getting to know them!

They’ve listed the notes as pros and cons 😊

Cons

  • big solicitor of attention from people and dogs
  • hard time staying down while in training
  • when he gets hot he doesn’t want to stay on his place mat, would rather be on the concrete
  • likes to eat grass/weeds
  • giving him a bone that rolls in a public setting makes him excited and wants to play

Pros

  • great focus
  • recovers fast from bad behaviors
  • ignores treats on the floor
  • drinks lots of water
  • picks up metal
  • gets excited but remains attentive
  • attentive to sick people
  • aware of situations around him and yet at the same time is super attentive to the trainer

(12/07/2018)

 

Ozzy

Ozzy

DOB: 12/27/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone. It’s Ozzy.  I’m still living at the ranch and working with trainer girl, Sam. Sam is helping me to see that I cannot always be silly and running around. Sometimes it is important for me to listen to her words. I am working hard on that because I love to make trainer girl happy! Plus, when I listen, I get hugs and tummy rubs and TREATS!  We are working on my “basic tasks” right now. This is doing things like sit, down, come, stay, heel. I am getting better at them. Sometimes heel is still really hard for me. Sammie girl also shows me other things that I will get to learn once I can show her that I know my “basics.” I will get to do “watch me” and “paws up.” These are really the best tasks to do-they say that I love you with my eyes and with my body. It makes my heart feel all happy. I know that every day trainer girl will help me get smarter and do better! That is why I love her!  Love, Ozzy (12/06/18)
Owen

Owen

DOB: 9/6/17
Golden Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s me, Owen!  I know so many of you are anxious to hear how I’ve been doing. I’ve been VERY busy lately. I’ve been traveling so much.

So, in the beginning of November I got to go to the Happiest Place on Earth! I spent a few days in a big huge conference room showing off all my cool tasks and making my trainer girl, Jen, very proud! I even got to stay at a hotel! After those hard days of work, I got rewarded with a trip to see my favorite mouse! We spent the whole day walking around Disneyland! It was such a great day and I was a Rockstar! After returning to the ranch for a couple of weeks of training, I got to go on another trip-on an airplane–all the way across the country to NEW YORK CITY! I got to spend 10 whole days in a BIG LOUD city! I rode subways, the bus, a ferry and went with Uber drivers too! I met a Rockette, got to see Radio City Music Hall and then went to the TOP of the Empire State Building! WHOA! It is soooo high! My favorite thing we did other than watch the Macy’s Day Parade, was going to a potions class at a Harry Potter exhibit! It was a very exciting Thanksgiving for sure!

I’m doing a really great job with all of my commands and with all of my trips in public! I have proven that I am ready to go with my furever person very soon!   I can’t wait to meet you and love you and cuddle you for lots and lots of years!!  Love, Owen  (12/05/18)

Opal

Opal

DOB: 12/27/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hi Humans!! It’s Opal! I’m just taking time out from my summer playtime to update you on how amazing I have been doing! Remember last time you read about me, I was working on my basic “tricks” like “sit” “down” “stay” “heel”? Well I have been really practicing and I am getting so good at doing these things whenever the trainers ask me to. It makes them so happy to see what a good listener I can be. I’ve even started doing a pretty tricky thing called “heeling off leash.” This means when my trainer is walking I will walk right beside him-WITHOUT A LEASH!! It is very exciting. When I was just little, I got very excited to be “off leash” and would run and jump and play. Not anymore! Now I “heel” like I am supposed to! I have also gotten really good at doing “out of sight down-stays.” I’ll explain for those of you that don’t know service dog words yet. My trainer will put me in a “down-stay” and this means lay down and please do not move until I tell you to. As long as the trainer is right there where you can see each other, it is pretty easy to stay because that trainer is watching you to make sure you stay. Once you can do this well and almost all of the time, they start “out of sight down-stays” with us. The trainer puts us in a down stay and they LEAVE THE ROOM!! We are supposed to stay. Even though they can’t see us if we move. This is so tricky because it makes me want to army crawl very quietly on my tummy and peek around the corner to see where that trainer is hiding! But guess what??? I stay right where I am supposed to stay-even if there are other animals or people trying to distract me!!  Did you know it makes our trainers so excited when we learn “tricks” like this? Sometimes they do a little jump in the air, or they hug us and rub our bellies a whole bunch. Sometimes it even makes their voices sound really silly and giggly. I love our trainers. Such silly humans.

Goals:   Now that I am doing such good work with my “basic commands” the trainers will start teaching me more “advanced tasks” to practice. I have to keep working on “retrieval” and when I get really good at that I will get to move on to the “vest” command. One of the good things about me that I do not have to keep working on…I am a really good listener to whichever trainer wants to work with me! Those trainers tell each other I am so loyal and lovable to all the trainers at the ranch! I will be like that with my furever human too! Please some check in on my soon!   Love, Opal (7/31/18)

Piper

Piper

DOB: 10/1/18
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Piper. I just wanted to update you on my future plans. I have very big news. As you know, I came all the way from the Ukraine. I spent some time at the Little Angels Ranch and NOW we have all decided I will not be a service dog- I will be a service dog momma! That means I get to live with a family and be a pet. And when my body tells me it is time, I will start growing itty bitty babies in my tummy. I will take such good care of them while they are in my tummy. I will eat LOTS of food (heehee) and get lots of rest and be spoiled by my family. That will let my babies grow until they have no more room in my tummy. When they are ready to come into this great big world, I will be the best mommy ever! I will help them walk and grow and eat, until finally they will be ready to start their very special training as service puppies! Next time I update you, it will be with good puppy news! Love, Piper(8/2/18)
Winston

Winston

DOB:
Black Standard Poodle
Bio Coming Soon…
Zoey

Zoey

DOB: 3/30/17
Red Poodle
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s me, Zoey! I have the MOST AMAZING NEWS!!! Guess what today is??/HURRY GUESS ALREADY!! It’s our BIG HUGE DAY! I’ve made it! I did it and today I get to meet my boy! MY BOY! MY FUREVER HUMAN! He’s mine all mine! Do you know how that feels?? It feels like the biggest hug in the whole entire world! It feels like there is more love in my heart than my heart can hold. This is the day we have been waiting for! Thank you all for following my training and wishing me good luck along the way. It helped me push through on the days I thought I would rather play than work. But now that he is HERE, right here in front of me…I just can’t believe it!  Please, wish me well with my new furever human and on my newest and best journey EVER!  Love, Love, Love, Zoey  (7/31/18)  

 

 

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