Our Carroll College student handlers have been working and living with each available dog during the school year and serve as foster caregivers for shelter dogs while they train them in one of several disciplines such as service, narcotics detection, or search and rescue. Each dog was chosen from and belongs to a regional shelter.
The dogs are selected based on their personalities and capacities to learn their particular discipline and their handlers interests. Some dogs are high-drive and energetic, others are calmer and a bit less active.
Though they have been trained in a particular area, they can be adopted as pet/family dogs. However, if a dog has been trained in a discipline and her new owner values that training, that is an ideal outcome.
The curriculum within Anthrozoology canine coursework teaches students how to train their dogs, then convey them to an appropriate new owner. Part of that process involves writing a biography of the dog, and screening potential adopters. Students interview potential adoptive people and families during the spring semester. Canine Graduation is in late April or early May. The students convey their partner dogs to their new family during the ceremony.
Badger is an approximately one year old Australian Cattle Dog (aka blue heeler.) She loves playing fetch, going for bike rides, and playing with other dogs. She gets along best with tolerant dogs who are not intimidated by her energy. She is very people oriented and loves all new people she meets. She needs to be exercised well at least twice a day to be calm around the house. She is very intelligent and picks up on new cues and commands quickly. She loves to cuddle with her people and roll over for belly rubs. Her most favorite thing in the world is rolling around in fresh wet grass.
Cooper is a Shar Pei mix from the Beaverhead County Humane Society in Dillon. He is about a year old. Cooper is very active, energetic and loves everyone. He is always happy and will wag his tail and say hi to anyone who will acknowledge him. He is very good with other dogs.
Dandelion (Dandy) is a 9 month old German wire-haired pointer mix from the Lewis and Clark Humane Society. She loves to play with other dogs and she enjoys affection from people. She will sit in your lap for a nice long pet. She warms up quickly to new people. She is a smart cookie who quickly picks up on new training behaviors, and is eager to please. She is also obsessed with chasing the squirrels in the trees in the backyard. If she likes it, we hope to train her for scent detection work.
Gypsi is a one year old beagle/ border collie mix from the Beaverhead Humane Society in Dillon. She is a cuddle bug and always wants to have her tummy rubbed. She loves to squeeze under the couch to nap or curl up in a sun beam. She also loves to play keep-away with her best friend, Olive. She is little but, like most beagles, she has quite the bark. She is a very brave, but for some reason she is afraid of the bubbling sound when the water dispenser refills.
Harvey is a black lab mix from from the Lewis and Clark Humane Society. They believe he's between 2 and 4 years old. He is working on gentle play and basic obedience these first few months. Harvey does very well with all ages of people, but can be a bit energetic for some dogs who have boundaries. He is adjusting really well and has bonded quickly with his student handler. If he enjoys it, they will work on search and rescue training together.
Joey is a 1 1/2 year old Chihuahua mix from the Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter in Oregon. Joey, while small in stature, has a big personality. He is energetic and loves to play with other pups and people. He enjoys going to the dog park, eating cheese, and a good snuggle. Joey is a sweetheart with a heart of gold. He would love a family to share it with!
Memphis is a 9-month-old cattle dog mix from the Lewis and Clark Humane Society in Helena. He has a lot of energy and loves to play. He is also very good at entertaining himself. Chewing on toys or chasing his tail are his go to activities. He’s a little rambunctious but barely makes a sound. His favorite snack is peanut butter.
Mocha is a three year old hound/shepherd mix from the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center in Virginia. She is working on her basic training this semester, but since she is a hound mix and scent driven, she will do well with scent detection work next semester. Mocha loves sniffing everything, eating everything, and chewing everything! She's a bit of a hunter too, when she is out walking and sees a rabbit she'll get very focused and just stare it down.
Olive is a two year old lab/hound mix from the Lewis and Clark Humane Society in Helena. She is a friendly, energetic dog who loves to go for runs and play with her toys. After a romp in the yard, she is calm indoors. She likes to hang out with her dog friends and does not like to be left out of fun activities. With Olive around, life is never boring!
Pippin is a 4-5 year old greyhound mix from the Beaverhead County Humane Society in Dillon. He is a loving, affectionate dog. He enjoys being outside, playing fetch, and going on walks. He's very mellow and laid back indoors. He will lay on his bed for hours napping. So far he has loved everyone that he has met, both people and dogs. He willingly curls up on your lap for some petting and love anytime you invite him.
Punky is a year old pug mix. She came from the Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter in Pendleton, Oregon. She is full of charisma; even the way she is made is entertaining. The first thing that people notice about her is that her front paws face toward the sides of her body in the cutest way. Her ears are like bat wings that flap when she runs. When she first arrived at Carroll, she did not want to play with toys, and showed little interest in anything besides food, and attention. Now she loves playing with other dogs, and her favorite toy is a stuffed hedgehog that is half her size.
Reggie is a fun-loving, year old, pomeranian/sheltie mix from the Beaverhead County Humane Society. He is good with dogs and he loves people. Reggie likes to play with toys, go for walks, meet new people and dogs, and lounge around the house. He has the energy to go for a hike but is also able to calm down enough to cuddle up and watch TV. He is very smart and picks up on new training fast. He'll be learning hearing assistance tasks or learning search and rescue techniques next semester.
Roscoe is a young German Shepherd, roughly a year old, who came from Lewis and Clark Humane Society. At the Humane Society he was a play yard star and he still loves to play with any dog he can, especially his best shelter buddies. At home he is a sweetheart who loves to snuggle and hang out with anyone willing to pet him. Roscoe loves to learn because he loves the treat rewards when he does well. He is a very willing and quick learner.
Shenzie is a one year old Pomeranian from the Lewis and Clark Humane Society in Helena. Shenzie is a high energy dog who loves people and attention. He also loves to run, jump (he has an impressive 4 foot base leap) and tug on things. Playing tug with socks is one of his favorite games.
Scooter is a 6-8 month old pug/dachshund cross. She comes from Missoula Animal Control who picked her up as a stray. She is a sweet dog with a sassy personality. She knows what she wants and will let you know by bringing you toys or kongs, or just staring longingly at the treat bag. Scooter is very playful. She loves to chase toys and play tug, and she gets along great with other dogs, but she can also set good boundaries with other dogs. If you are just relaxing and being calm, she will come join you for a snuggle. Like most dogs, her favorite things are food, walks, and being loved.
Summit is a 9 month old German Shepherd/Husky from the Missoula Animal Control shelter. Summit is a strong, playful, energetic dog with a sweet disposition. He loves to play tug-o-war, fetch, and otherwise anything that his people make fun. He's a very happy puppy who wants to meet everyone, except the metal bear statues by the carousel in the Great Northern Town Center; those are scary.
Tate is a 1 year old Newfoundland from the Lewis and Clark Humane Society. He was surrendered with his sister, Tula. This big bundle of joy weighs in at 110 lbs. That said, it is tough to find a more polite guy than he. He is great at walking on a loose leash and very mindful of what is and what is not his. For example, he is tall enough to rest his head on the kitchen counter, but his worst offense so far is sniffing a poppy seed muffin. He love snuggle and has a very mild temperament. He is a kind-hearted, playful dog, who loves water and loves to play with his dog friends. He is an independent and self-confident dog who is not intimdated by other dogs, loud noises, or unexpected activity. As with most Newfoundlands, he is a drooler, so we travel with our own towel. Tate is a loving dog with a heart that matches his size.
Tobias is a two year old Yellow Labrador Retriever from the Lewis and Clark Humane Society in Helena. He is an avid water enthusiast with energy that would make a 5 year old envious. This adorable dog is also very strong and loves to play Kong Toy or ball. His favorite snacks are hot dogs and string cheese but he'll eat whatever he is given. Tobias also loves to cuddle and will tuck in next to you if you give him the chance.
Tula is a sweet 1-2 year old Newfoundland flat coat mix from the Lewis and Clark Humane Society. She was surrendered with her brother, Tate. Tula has a gentle heart and a gentle soul. She is smart and willing to be trained; loves being scratched on her belly and fetching a ball. She can relax and lay down and not cause trouble when she needs to. She loves to be loved and will love you back. If you want a fun, friendly dog who is good with people of any age and other dogs, this is the dog for you and your family!
Ty is a one year old red heeler from the Beaverhead Humane Society in Dillon. He is good with cats and loves the company of other dogs and does well in the presence of horses. Ty is friendly and is learning to direct his attention to the person on the other end of the leash instead of the fascinating world around him. While he has a lot to learn as our newest addition to the program, he’s eager to take on training tasks. He’s smart and a quick learner.
Zoe is a 3 year old terrier mix from Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter (PAWS) in Oregon, where they found her as a stray. She is one of the most charismatic dogs you will ever meet. She is a calm dog inside and but also enjoys playing with her dog friends. Once you put her leash on she lights up and is ready to go. Her favorite thing to do is going for walks, and she can keep up with much bigger dogs. She is a little unsure of meeting new people but quickly warms up if introduced properly.