About Career Change Dogs

About Career Change Dogs

Thank you for your interest in adopting a career change dog, however, due to high demand and the extensive waitlist, we are not accepting new applications at this time.

What is a Career Change Dog?

During Guide Dogs of America’s rigorous training process, which can take up to two years after the birth of the puppy, the dogs in our program are constantly reviewed to ensure they meet our stringent set of health and working standards.

During this time, not all of the dogs in the program are able to become guide dogs due to problems with health or temperament, e.g. allergies, hip or elbow dysplasia, overly friendly, cat or other dog distractions, etc. These problems can develop even after the dog enters formal guide dog training at approximately 18 months of age. While it is tremendously disappointing for all to remove dogs from the program, the safety and well-being of the students and the dogs is first and foremost.

The exact details of why a dog was career changed and made available for adoption will be explained when we contact you. Guide Dogs of America primarily has Labrador Retrievers available for adoption; however we occasionally have Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds. Both male and female dogs are available.