You Can Adopt an Airport TSA Dog Who Failed Their Training

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Published: August 13, 2018

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Not all dogs are cut out for the working dog lifestyle—especially when it comes to airport TSA security dogs or drug-sniffing dogs. These canine careers require a very particular temperament.

Since the dogs selected for these service dog careers are chosen as puppies, their personalities are still developing, and it may be decided that they are not suited for the job. However, instead of feeling sorry for these pups, you can actually apply to adopt one!

The Insider explains, “While many service dogs do graduate and go on to have successful careers, there are a number of reasons they can be dropped from their programs, including nervousness, lack of drive and a personality that doesn't fit the gig.”

For service dog training dropouts, there are plenty of organizations dedicated to finding them the perfect homes. Through the TSA Canine Training Center Adoption Program, you can apply to adopt one of their dogs.

According to the TSA website, the dogs available are usually between two to four years old; however, on occasion, they do have older retired dogs available for adoption as well. The most common breeds they have for adoption are Labrador Retrievers and German Shorthaired Pointers.

While adopting an airport TSA dropout is an intriguing idea, it is important to remember it is a commitment. The TSA website makes sure to specify that there will be an adjustment period for these dogs when it comes to transitioning into a home.

The website explains, “Dogs that fail training for government work typically have some explosives detection training. The dogs are highly active and in most cases, will require a lot of attention, additional training and significant exercise. They are crate-trained, but not house-trained. Most dogs have not been exposed to small children or animals other than dogs.”

So just like any other animal adoption, patience and understanding are necessary as part of the process.

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