What is a Career Change Dog?
Our professional trainers carefully select our dogs by evaluating them for temperament, health and eagerness to please. They are rescued from shelters where they are at risk for euthanasia. They enter a rigorous training program to become Hearing Dogs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Not all of our outstanding dogs can meet the demands of becoming a Certified Assistance Dog, thus the need for a "Career Change". They are, however, still winners, and make wonderful pets. Many are already housebroken and some know basic obedience commands. In short, these "near misses" make wonderful companions. We can help match you with a lifelong canine companion.
Posted on 4/16/2018
Meet Crunchy! He is a nearly 2 yr. old, 15 lb., terrier mix adopted from a local shelter for evaluation in our Hearing Dog Program. He had been surrendered to the shelter after a few months with a previous family who cited: “not enough time to work with him”. His previous family said he was good with small dogs and children. Crunchy initially was quite fearful in the car: very whiny and sometimes crying. His car trips with us improved greatly using food treats. Today, he is mostly quiet and much more at ease in the car. I expect if car trips continue to be kept fun, he will be a pro in no time! Meantime, he travels by car to a Malibu location for socialization a couple times a week with us. Crunchy had some challenges with door dashing and house breaking. These are training issues that have not taken long for him to get the idea. If the training and suggestions we offer are continued in his forever home, there should be no issues. Crunchy is not fond of being left home alone but this is also another training issue that we have worked on with him. He cries initially in his crate and then quiets down. We have done a few things here to help him feel calmer and more relaxed. The program will need to be continued in his new home and include flexibility on the part of his new family to ease him in to home alone slowly. Crunchy is very affectionate, sensitive, plays with toys independently, has a moderate energy level and enjoys being with his people—definitely a house dog. He is good with grooming, loves his meals, and is crate trained. If you think you might be the forever home for Crunchy, please go to our online adoption link and complete an application. If you have questions about Crunchy, filling out an application first helps us best provide those answers for you. Thank you!