What's a "Career Change Dog?"

Occasionally, we have a dog that is eligible to be ‘re-purposed’ or ‘recycled’ into a new life; "career changed" into a life as a companion with a fur-ever family.

This usually occurs when there is a characteristic in an otherwise incredible canine that makes him/her unsuitable for a life as an assistance dog: health issues (hip dysplasia, allergies, etc), temperament (displaying fear, resource guarding, high prey drive) or simply lacking the desire to perform the tasks asked of it. These dogs are generally 1-2 years old, have been spayed or neutered and are current on all vaccinations. They are still amazing dogs with unique personalities, have received in-depth training and a high degree of socialization. It also occurs, very rarely though , when the human partner's life circumstances drastically and suddenly change and the partnership no longer works or is viable. In these circumstances, prior to making the dog available for adoption to the public, the first choice is to find a new "job" for the dog...a job that it loves and that loves it! 

They will be fabulous pets for homes that are looking for a canine companion and we seek to place these dogs with local (Minnesota) families.

If you are interested in adopting any of these great dogs, check out the "Career Change Dogs Information Sheet" and "Career Change Dog Application" at the listed links.

Available Dogs



Hania is a handsome, affectionate, 7 year old Labrador retriever mix rescue. He is healthy, neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, crate trained and house broken.  He knows all basic commands (sit, down, stay, come, speak, wait, shake), many advanced commands (tug, retrieve, etc.), and some fun "tricks."

Hania is specifically being released from our program due to his lack of flexibility -- assistance dogs need to be "go with the flow" types of dogs.  Hania would do best in a quiet household with no children and a large fenced yard.  He'd rather sniff around and explore the sights and smells in his yard than play ball or deal with children or those "obnoxious" puppies! :o) He LOVES to go for walks, but is equally at home just laying around inside in the sun. Hania generally does well with other large, mature dogs but does not care for large groups of dogs, small dogs or puppies.  Hania does have a big bark that can be intimidating.  He lived with a cat at the Training Center and did fine with him – we do not know how well he would do around a younger, more active cat though as he does have a fairly high prey drive (is interested in squirrels, chipmunks, etc.).

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