The Internet loves a viral story about a dog who didnâ€™t make it through government or police training programs, because it means the dog refused to become a total narc. This actually isnâ€™t a rare problem; lots of dogs arenâ€™t suited to service. They still need homes.
According to Insider, there are a number of adoption agencies that specialize in dogs who never made it all the way through their schooling. Before you romanticize them as renegades too much, know that many dogs are trained for services that have nothing to do with sniffing out drugs or aiding the CIA. But, yes, there is an adoption service run by the TSA for pups who did â€śnot meet the TSA Canine Training Center criteria for government work.â€ť
The TSA has an adoption application, a set of home requirements, and they warn that some of these dogs may be â€śhighly active and in most cases, untrained and not house broken.â€ť Insider adds that you would turn to this program only if youâ€™re especially interested in German Shorthaired Pointers, Labrador retrievers, German shepherds, and Belgian Malinois dogs, as only certain types of dogs are even tapped for this kind of training. This might not be a scenario that suits every household, so apply with caution.
Also consider that this is not the way to get a trained working dog on the cheap. Some of the dogs did pass their training, had a career, and now their watch is ended. Mission K9 Rescue, for instance, looks for homes for retired dogs and says expressly on their website, â€śTheir work is finished.â€ť Dramatic, but true. They are only good as companions.
Freedom Service Dogs of America tries to make rescue dogs into service animals, and only adopts out those who canâ€™t complete the training. The same is true for Service Dogs Inc.; there are a myriad reasons why dogs wouldnâ€™t get through their training, including being â€śeasily distractedâ€ť or having physical issues, or simply being â€śtoo timid for the line of work.â€ť All these dogs are good for is cuddles, so donâ€™t demand anything from them except love. Sounds like theyâ€™re perfectly good dogs to me!