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 2/26/2020
Chad is a long haired doxie mix and approx 10 months of age. He is 15.3 lbs. and has been neutered, micro-chipped and has all his vaccines. Chad is in excellent health. Chad came into our program from an LA county shelter in Downey, CA, for evaluation in our Hearing Dog Program.
While we find Chad is playful and eager to learn, he is best suited as a companion pet. He lives with many other dogs but really is not too interested in playing with them and attaches to a single person--woman. Chad is not immediately comfortable with most men and of those he has gotten used to being around, he does not seek affection from them. Our experience with Chad is that he tends to attach to one person--female.
At times, he can be grumpy sharing his people with other dogs as well as his toys and bed. He would be happiest living as an 'only dog'. He has spent a few days in a home with a middle aged cat and there were no issues.. He has been around one toddler and seems comfortable but we feel because of his size, he would be better suited for older children/teens visitors.
Chad is affectionate, and has fairly good house manners. He has not been left home alone but he is left alone in our training space while we are outside and does not appear to have any anxiety.
Chad can be reactive to other dogs on leash. He is best walked where there can be a wide berth given when passing other dogs. When he is walked at Zuma Beach, for example, we are able to step off the sidewalk and walk him well into the parking lot for passing to minimize barking. This type of scenario is best for managing on-leash reactive behavior in combination with a training program.
If you have questions about Chad or would like to find out if you can meet him, please complete our online application first and we will get back to you. We conduct our adoptions in the home with PPE's and prefer to keep our travel for companion pets under 50 miles from Malibu. Thank you for your understanding.