Did you know that about 70% of dogs fail to pass their service training? Other dogs become successful and launch their career as a guide dog, mobility assistance dog, drug sniffing dogs, and seizure response dogs. While some of our canine friends simply ‘do not have what it takes’ to be a certified service dog.
There are a lot of reasons why some of our canines cannot continue their training program. Some dogs fail due to nervousness, laziness, and personality misfit.
As ridiculous as it sounds, a dog failed to be a service dog because it is being too nice. There was even an incident reported by BBC about a pup that went viral because of being too friendly to be a Queensland Dog Squad. For a dog aspiring to be a part of a police force, he was simply too fond of greeting and playing strangers.
Fortunately for the overly friendly canine, he went on to join Queensland’s Government House as the ‘Vice-Regal Dog’ instead, which is perfect for his personality.
So what exactly happens to the dogs who did not complete the program? Well, for those who failed to meet the standard of the TSA Canine Training Center were opened up for adoption. Although they failed to be successful service dogs, they are just as precious. Most of them are highly active and easily follows rule who can bring additional love for your family!
In some cases, retired service dogs are also available for adoption in order for them to belong in a new family that will be able to take care of their needs.
So many wanted to adopt these dogs that TSA announced they are no longer accepting applications due to an extensive waiting list.
What makes the dogs coming from the TSA Canine Training Center better than puppies sold in a pet shop is that all of them are already vaccinated and are crate and potty trained.
In order to ensure that all of their dogs will be sent in a family that will be able to give them the attention, love, and support they need, the TSA checks if an applicant meets all of their requirements.
The TSA is not the only training school for dogs who looks for people to adopt their canine friends. The Freedom Service Dogs of America looks for a new home as well for their rescue dogs who did not make it to the final cut.
After your application has been approved, you may ask the TSA for a little assistance in integrating your chosen dog to your life. Which is really beneficial for the dog who is still adjusting to your new home.
Remember, there is an estimated number of dogs amounting to 3.9 million who are waiting for a new home that will welcome them. Instead of buying a new dog from the pet store, opt to adopt instead. After all, a dog is a dog no matter how old he is, or how many tricks can it perform.
Update from TSA website as of 05/19/19: “Due to an extensive waiting list, we are currently not accepting any additional applications.”
They might not be good sniffers, but they’re great cuddlers.