Angel Retrievers has breeding and training facilities in California, Texas, and New Hampshire, designed to provide excellent family pets, and owner-trained assistance dogs for the disabled.
These dogs go to their adopters both healthy and trained. Because we have every puppy under our tutelage until it is at least 4-months-old, with continued lifetime lessons for each and every dog, we are well aware of the temperaments our breeding program will produce.
Our professional staff handle the puppies daily from the moment they are born. The structure, enrichment, socialization, temperament testing, and training are carried over through the lifetime of every dog. Each owner receives multiple hours of in-person or virtual introductory lessons with instruction on how to reinforce the training their pup already knows. In addition, each owner also receives the option of a free training lesson and follow-up, at least once per month, for the lifetime of the dog. Not only does this allow pet owners to stay on top of their dog’s reinforcement, but also gives instruction to those who wish to finish a dog in competition, or assistance training for the disabled.
Angel Retrievers has placed over ten dogs successfully with safe social distancing to keep our recipients healthy. Until in-person meetings are deemed safe, we will be using a combination of pre-recorded videos and virtual lessons to conduct our handler training after our recipients receive their dogs. Recipients will pick their dogs up at one of our facilities with our safe, no-contact procedures. Watch the following video for more details.
The true benefit to adopting an Angel Retriever goes far beyond the fact that you are getting a dog from the Little Angels Breeding Program – or even that the puppy comes to you started in its training … the true benefit is that we KNOW this dog! It is certainly wonderful to have trainers available before and after you take your new puppy home – but the best part is that this is the RIGHT puppy for YOU to take home. We’ve spent a minimum of 4 months getting to know this puppy – and not just through observation – but through intentional interaction in training sessions and temperament testing. Every adopter has a unique hole to fill. Look at it like a puzzle piece. Every detail that makes your life unique, adds another angle to your missing puzzle piece. If you have children under 8 that adds one angle, if you have a cat that adds another, your lifestyle, your personality, and your needs all add new angles. You don’t want to squeeze a square peg into a round hole. You want a dog who will fit perfectly into that puzzle piece. We will not offer you a dog unless we feel strongly that it meets every check box that makes you unique.
Once we have received your deposit and agreement you are added onto our waiting list, in order. Those at the top of the list receive priority for the next dogs available. If we do not have the right dog for you, you will remain on our waiting list so we can offer you the next dog that is a good fit, in order of your number on our waiting list.
Here is an example: Let’s say you are #3 on our waiting list (the people ahead of you sent in their deposits before you). You need a puppy suitable to train as a Psychiatric Assistance Dog, you have cats, and plan to exercise your dog daily through walks in your neighborhood. You are hoping a puppy from our next litter will be suitable for you. When the puppies are born we see we definitely have enough pups in the litter for everyone on the list, however, by the time the puppies are 4-months-old we see that we don’t have a pup in the litter that has the confidence to be a Psychiatric Service Dog. At that point your deposit would be transferred to the next available dog which is suitable for you. This continues until we have a good match.
Normally we will have a good match if we are looking at an entire litter of puppies and we don’t have a long waiting list. Puppies in a single litter often vary greatly in personality and all seem to fit into a unique position in their pack hierarchy.
There are also times when an assistance dog in training is not on our ‘radar’ because it has been in training through Little Angels Service Dogs. When we determine the dog is not a good fit as an assistance dog it is released as a pet. It is fortunate for everyone when we have a waiting list of individuals who could be a good match for that dog, as a pet. In that case we start at the top of our waiting list and work our way down until we find the right match and we will offer that dog to good placements on the list, in order of priority. It is their right to accept or pass on that dog.