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Stuarts Draft, VA 24477

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How do I become an Angel Guardian?

The first step is to fill out our application; once we receive your completed application, we schedule an interview in your home. Although you will be the primary trainer, we expect the entire family to be involved in the training.

 

I have never trained a dog, can I still become an Angel Guardian?

Yes! No experience needed; you will attend weekly training classes at our facility and work one-on-one with one of our trainers. We will available for you every step of the process, and you will be able to call us if you have any problems or questions. You will be required to train with the puppy in several short sessions throughout the day and bring him/her with you everywhere you go to work on public access. Please note, public access should start once the puppy is fully potty trained.

 

Do I need a fenced yard?
Having a fenced yard would be optimal, but rearrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis. Invisible fences or electric fences are not allowed.

What kind of training do you use?

We train using positive training and choice teaching. We never use shock/e-collars, prong collars, or any adverse methods.

 

How old will the puppy be?
Puppies are placed in Guardian homes between 10 – 12 weeks of age or older.

How long will I keep the puppy?
We try to place them quickly as our program is bond-based, and the new service partner should be a big part of the training for it to be successful. The average time is 2-5 months; however, we would need you to be available for up to 18 months.

What breed will I get?
We use all breeds and do NOT discriminate on any in our program; however, it also is based on the disability as to what type of dog we use. For instance, you would not use a chihuahua for mobility assist but may use one for diabetic alert. Some come from local shelters and some come from approved breeders.

What if I have other animals in the house?
Having other animals in the house is great! This exposes our puppies to more opportunities to learn and socialize. The exception to this would be if you have an animal that is dog-aggressive as this could cause harm to the puppy, your other pets, or even yourself. Before placing one of our puppies with you, we would need to do an assessment to ensure everyone’s safety.

What am I required to provide?
GOD’s Canine Angels will provide all training supplies you need, including a harness, leash, vest, crate, and food, so all you need to provide is commitment to train the puppy, a cozy place for him/her to stay, and tons of love to give. We also cover for their veterinary care, but we will need you to bring the puppy to the appointments.

Do I need to exercise the puppy?
We recommend you bring the puppy to daycare every weekday for socialization. During weekends or holidays, you should provide at least 25-40 minutes of exercise per day, by either walking or playing in a safe, fenced area. Running the dog alongside you is not appropriate for dogs under 1 year as their bones have not completely formed, yet. We do NOT recommend bringing the puppy to dog parks as not all dogs will get along with the puppy.