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It’s true my friends, thanks to a recent program put on by the Transportation Security Administration to find good homes for dogs who have failed training in governmental services work, such as police and military dogs, you can now apply for one of these sweet babies.
As you can imagine, in order for any canine to qualify as a service dog, there are certain attributes they are expected to have, such as good health, sharp focus to the task at hand, and endurance, to name just a few.
Sometimes, though, a dog can have all these attributes plus a few extra that might not make him suited to the task of service work…and friendliness is one of them.
So, what are these government canine training folks to do with these overly affectionate doggies? Give you a chance to adopt them, of course!
To get your hands on one of these adorable doggie-school-dropouts, you and your home do have to meet a few certain requirements first.
For instance, if you plan on picking up one of these sweet pups then you better plan on staying put for at least 6 months after the adoption, so your pooch isn’t getting moved around too much.
A few other requirements are a fenced yard, the means to get your new dog plenty of exercise, any medical attention they might need, additional training, and, of course, loads and loads of love to give.
If selected, you will have to make two visits to the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas; one to meet the pup and one to pick him up.
If picked, all you have to bring is a leash, dog collar, and a large enough crate to take him home in-but the pups themselves are free to adopt!
The base will provide 3 days worth of food and two weeks of any meds they might need in addition to heartworm prevention treatments.
So, what type of puppies find themselves getting kicked out of their government training, you might ask?
Typically, and according to the TSA website, the dogs picked for government services training tend to be of the large breed variety, noting sporting dogs like German Shorthaired Pointers and Labrador Retrievers among them.
They also point out that both Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds could end up for adoption as well, but that they rarely end up going to someone from the general public.
“Occasionally there will be German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois. Typically, German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois are transferred to Law Enforcement agencies and cannot be adopted by the general public.”
While potential adopters do have the option in the application paperwork to specify breed, size, and age preference, the page points out that this will make the adoption process take even longer, as you will be added to a waiting list of people with similar doggy preference
The TSA program doesn’t only strictly deal with just puppies who didn’t make the cut, either.
Sometimes, though more rarely, older dogs that have had a long life in the service will find their retirement home through the TSA’s adoption program.
So, if you would like to repay an amazing dog that’s served its country well, you could consider adopting one of the graduates of the government training program that’s just ready to retire.
You might also be asking yourself what you can expect of one of these cuddly little flunk-outs?
Thankfully, the TSA has been completely upfront about what to expect when adopting one of their formers students.
Being that these dogs were first taken into the program for service work, they are all incredibly active, and since they were taken out of the training program, most are still not housebroken.
Some of these uber sweet furballs come with medical conditions, which you will be informed about at the start in their adoption profile.
Essentially, there’s nothing wrong with these dogs, where families are concerned, that a little love and extra attention can’t take care of.