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 9/19/2018
Meet Minnie! Our best guess is that she is a 2 year old Affenpinscher/Maltese Cross that weighs 10.5 lbs. We have no prior history on her since she was adopted from a local animal shelter as a stray for consideration in our Hearing Dog Program.
Minnie was 'career changed' very early on from our program as she was quite shy and timid with all of us initially. It did not take her long to warm up to us and to anyone she meets; however, a sudden commotion or loud sound can send her retreating to wherever she feels is a safe place, even if just briefly.
We find Minnie to be quite affectionate, playful and outgoing. She seems to love everyone she warms up to and enjoys being held. She can be playful with other dogs and would enjoy the company of living with another dog that is also friendly and playful. Being around other dogs seems to provide Minnie with confidence in the home, too.
Since Minnie's arrival, we have worked on house breaking and inappropriate chewing. While both behaviors have improved, we are not yet accident free and she will occasionally chew on something she should not. Training is a process and we stand behind our 3 P's here: Patience, Practice and Praise!
Minnie is going to do best in a quiet home with someone who has the time and patience to continue her training. As with any of our dogs, she will most benefit from someone that will involve her in their daily routine and continue to provide her with the structure and training she currently receives with us. Minnie will blossom with someone who is willing to dedicate time to her daily and will not be bothered by the occasional accident or chewing. She is crate trained, too, for those times when she needs to be home alone.
If you believe Minnie is the right dog for you, please complete our online application and someone will contact you shortly!
NOTE: If you click on the video, you will see Parker (also listed for adoption) before you see Minnie. They are sharing this short video. Thanks!
Posted on 8/24/2016
Coal is a 4 yr. old, 16 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 4/16/2018
Meet Crunchie! He is a nearly 2 -3 yr. old, 18 lb., and, our best guess, a Schnauzer/Yorkier mix adopted from a local shelter for evaluation in our Hearing Dog Program.
Cunchie is a sweet, sensitive and playful dog. He does not quite have the confidence needed to be a Hearing Dog, but he has all the right stuff to be someone's best friend and companion. He has very good house manners although he is now quite used to being in the company of his human 'pack' most of the time so may not enjoy being home alone if his human pack must leave the home all day for work.
He is good with grooming, loves his meals, and is crate trained. He would very much 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.
We don't believe Crunchie had many fun trips in the car before coming to us so he does go out to walk around the park or Zuma beach with his trainer. He can get excited at times on a walk when he sees big dogs but he is easy to redirect and with continued training this can be well managed.
If you think you might be the forever home for Crunchie, please go to our online adoption link and complete an online application. If you have questions about Crunchie, filling out an application first helps us best provide those answers for you.
Posted on 9/4/2018
Meet Parker ! He is a Westie/Maltese Mix, approx. 2yrs. old and weighs 16 lbs. He was adopted from a local shelter as a stray. We noticed right away that he was incredibly shy and timid. It did take a day or two before he had warmed up to all the women but much longer with the men. He definitely prefers the compnay of women and is most bonded to his trainer.
He can be fearful at times and will retreat to his bed but the fearfulness does not last. Otherwise, we see him daily here as a happy dog, playful with a few of the other dogs and eager for his turn in the training area. It has been baby steps teaching him to accept bathing and grooming (Mostly electric hair clippers) but he is so great with a bath now and has learned to tolerate the blow dryer and hair clippers.
Since he was brought into the shelter as a stray, we have no other information and can only speculate what his life was prior. I do think someone was kind to him, probably a woman. He does not seem familiar with kids (ignores them) and he is indifferent towards men. he may have been a backyard dog but he is definitely a house dog now. He has nice house manners and enjoys being inside where he can curl up in his bed. He does get car sick so just very short fun drives in a car seat with some ginger or Bonine are best for him; otherwise, neighborhood walks will do!
While he does play with the other dogs, he really would prefer to be an only dog. If he is receiving affection, he would prefer not to have to share this special time with another dog
While Parker may not be the best choice for busy household, he is a quiet, easy going and sweet dog and will make someone (female) a wonderful companion. I don't think he will ever warm up the same to a man and he would do best in a home without kids or other dogs UNLESS that dog is Minnie (also available for adoption). These two are best buds.
If you would like to learn more about Parker, please complete our online application so that we can answer any specific questions you may have. Once we receive your application, we will get back to you shortly. Thank you for your interest!