You have undoubtedly always wanted a service dog. After all, they are so well behaved and trained to do fantastic things. Well, there is good news even if you do not qualify for a registered service dog - the Texas service dog training center allows the public to adopt dogs who have failed training.
According to the Service Dog.org website, these dogs are considered "career changers." The canines originally come from shelters and are then put in a constant flow of new situations and meeting people that pet dogs rarely encounter. If the dog is not comfortable with these situations, the organization won't force it and instead releases it for adoption.
Each dog begins basic obedience training and those who are not excelling are usually identified in the first three months of training. "The reasons we release a dog can vary but recent examples include fear of thunder, reactivity to cats, nervousness in public situations and mild hip dysplasia," their site states.
The organization chooses to select these animals from shelters because "they are people focused, responsive to training, eager to please and friendly." Even when a dog fails training they never send it back to a shelter.
They list all of their potential adoptees on Petfinder and dogs range in ages from young to adult. They have found new homes for dozens of career changers to date.
If you are wondering if a failed service dog is right for you, there are some requirements that potential adopters must meet to prove that they will give the pup a good furever home:
- Adopters must be at least 21
- Able to visit the Training Center in Dripping Springs to meet the dog
- A fenced yard or reasonable exercise area
- Commitment to humane care as stated in the adoption contract
- Access to shelter and the home – the dog may not be kept solely as an outside
- Agreement the dog will be a family pet and will not be used as a service dog
Additionally, adoption fees range from $300-$500 (depending on the level of training) and helps SDI recover a portion of the evaluation, medical and training expense invested in each dog.
More information about their adoption program can be found directly on their website.