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.).



Mickey is an extremely handsome, and bright, 2 year old Labrador retriever. 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) and many advanced commands.
Mickey is a quintessential – and we say this lovingly -- “bone head” type of lab! He is being released from the program simply because he isn’t consistent and doesn’t quite have the work ethic we need in a service dog placed with a vulnerable individual.
Mickey is very smart but is the type of dog that knows a cue/command one minute and then the next minute will look at you like he has no idea what you are talking about!

When there aren’t a lot of distractions Mickey is a huge snuggler and loves to bury his big head right into you ….. or, better yet, loves to spoon! He generally likes to have something in his mouth when greeting people and won’t think twice about taking it off the counter.
He is fine with children and other dogs. We aren’t sure how he would be around cats.
Mickey must have a FENCED YARD (sorry, no electric fences) – he loves to run and he loves to play fetch but he’ll follow his nose with abandon.
If you are interested in adopting a great dog with oodles of personality (or any other dog that may be released from our program) check out the Career Change/Release Dog section of the website (www.PawPADs.org). A "Release Dog Application", as well as additional information, can also be found there.
Mickey's Adoption Fee: $1,000

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