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. Some are rescued from shelters where 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 8/24/2016
Coal is a 4 yr. old, 18 lb., miniature poodle we adopted at a local shelter to begin training in our Hearing Dog Program. He demonstrated a friendly, outgoing and confident temperament but was soon released from training for displaying high levels of stress behavior on leash walks. He is also fairly 'crittery' in the backyard with wildlife such as squirrels, mice and birds.
Coal is an affectionate dog and very playful. He loves to retrieve and he loves to sit in your lap! Inside the home, he is quiet and low key BUT we do not have much activity except for dogs coming in/going outside AND you cannot hear/see street activity nor neighbor activity, etc. We have large picture windows he can approach with views of the patio but mostly he just sees trees. Coal basically lives in a home on a very private property.
Coal is quite a happy dog and while we would love for him to have his own home, we will be fairly particular about where he is placed since he does have special needs with his home requirements. He is not going to be ideal in a home with young kids but teens are fine.
'At home' and low key is definitely what is best for Coal. If you think you are that home, please complete our online adoption application. We will contact you as soon as it is received and provide you with any additional information on Coal.
Posted on 12/9/2016
Cocolette is an 11 year old Toy Poodle. She is sweet and friendly with adults, but she does not like children. She has some allergies and a crooked hind leg. Her inability to get enough exercise has created a challenge of keeping her weight down. She will need a home with the finances necessary to deal with her physical issues and a home without children under the age of approximately 10.
If you are interested, please fill out our online application.
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 initially had some challenges with door dashing and house breaking. These were training issues that did not take him long to learn. He is a sensitive dog and so training in these areas were kept very positive.
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. He would enjoy living with another playful dog and would do best with someone who works from home or has the flexibility to ease him into being home alone slowly.
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!
Posted on 4/26/2018
Biscuit is a 2 yr. old, 13 lb., male, neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, healthy Schnauzer/Poodle Cross (Schnoodle) that we adopted from a local shelter. He was brought in as a stray after being found running on a highway with a similar age and sized female dog by the Sheriff’s office. We evaluated him for our Hearing Dog Program but decided he was better suited to be a companion pet dog. Although we do not have any history on Biscuit, it was not hard to tell that he was probably loved at one time but not given much guidance or structure in being a house dog. He does live in a home setting now with his trainers and many other various sized dogs but, he prefers people to other dogs. We believe he would be happiest and do best as an ‘only child’.
We are working on socializing Biscuit around Malibu but his favorite activity is getting in the car and heading to Zuma Beach for a 3 mile walk. He loves to be with a person and this is one activity he really seems to enjoy. Biscuit is very affectionate with the people he knows and interacts with daily, playful—especially independently, eager to please, fairly comfortable in the car and crate trained. He is going to do best in home with someone who is retired or works from home and can ease him in slowly for times when he needs to be home alone. Also, he would do well to have a fenced yard off the house where can run around in and do his business
If you are interested in learning more about Biscuit, please fill out our online application so we can better answer any questions you may have and thank you for your interest in our program!