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Old 11-11-2015, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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How do you acquire a washout?

I'm interested in buying/adopting a young adult working line dog with great pet temperament who "washed out" of a breeding or working program. I don't want to go through the tiny puppy stage and I'm not looking to buy a "fully trained" dog. But a solid and stable-nerved dog is important to me. I don't mind dealing with things like controllable hd or epi etc. Too soft to work; a wonky ear; not quite up to breeding standards--- perfect for me! Of course I'm also keeping an eye on rescues but dogs like that tend to go really quickly and have no problem getting adopted.

How would I go about finding dogs like this?


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Old 11-11-2015, 09:03 AM
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I've never looked into it father than knowing that they exist, but perhaps a "career change" dog from Fidelco would be a fit? there are other guide dog schools that use GSD in their program but it's either a small number or I'm unsure of their lines.

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I know some local breeders that may be able to help you. Sending you a PM.
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Old 11-11-2015, 12:33 PM
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I would just contact the breeders that you are interested in-and be patient-or who knows you might not need to be patient-lol
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Old 11-11-2015, 01:11 PM
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I'm interested in buying/adopting a young adult working line dog with great pet temperament who "washed out" of a breeding or working program. I don't want to go through the tiny puppy stage and I'm not looking to buy a "fully trained" dog. But a solid and stable-nerved dog is important to me. I don't mind dealing with things like controllable hd or epi etc. Too soft to work; a wonky ear; not quite up to breeding standards--- perfect for me! Of course I'm also keeping an eye on rescues but dogs like that tend to go really quickly and have no problem getting adopted.

How would I go about finding dogs like this?

How about a military wash out or a dog needing a retirement home?




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Old 11-11-2015, 03:06 PM
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Check breeder pages, and there are several FB groups too. My husband doesn't keep his dogs if they can't do the work (IPO), so we have advertised on FB only and sold/placed them. My little brother has his last failure. He's spoiled rotten.
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Old 11-11-2015, 04:50 PM
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Former TSA Explosive Sniffing Dogs Are Now Available For Adoption - BarkPost

This was just posted for another thread, maybe you should check them out!
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:35 PM
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You might try the Petfinder website, that's where I found both my dogs. Max, the yellow lab, came from the Cincinnati Lab Rescue and lived to be almost fourteen. My current boy, Newlie, came from a rescue group in Kentucky called Let Them Live. I have had him almost three years so we think he is around five years old now. Newlie is good with people of any age and trustworthy with kids. He used to be reactive toward some dogs (if he felt they were challenging him) but I haven't even seen much of that lately. I don't know about whether he is working line or not, but he has been an absolute peach, as was Max. I am attaching a picture of him.

The website does allow you to filter your choices by a number of factors: distance, breed, age, sex, etc, plus usually gives you a little description of the dog.

Good luck with your search!
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If you are looking for a dog that was "washed out" by the military, there are some things you need to know. They are "kennel" dogs. They are not house trained in any way - if you do not want a puppy - you will be getting something harder to train than a puppy. They have not lived in a house - they have specific training up to the point where they were found to be not acceptable. They will urinate and defecate in your house.

The last time I read the website (6 mos ago)- there was a 24 month waiting list for "washed out dogs".

Please rethink your desire for one of these dogs. Most are adopted by former military that knows what they're getting into. This type of dog comes with some problems fitting into a pet/family atmosphere. Dogs used in the service for actual patrol dogs (trained to attack) are put down and not made available for adoption because their training cannot be reversed enough to ever be trusted. Those who have military training but washed out at some point are normally because of costly health issues.

If you feel you want to take on the challenge of one of these dogs, and you have prior experience/training - just google "military dogs available for adoption - and sign up for the waiting list.
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There is retired military dogs you can adopt, here is a link from Cesar's website in case you are interested but I'm with Stone on that one, it's a huge responsibility to make them house pets

https://www.cesarsway.com/get-involv...ium=1447293435
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