From time to time, the specific demands of becoming a guide dog can be out of reach to some of our pups. They are still amazing in every way but they just don’t tick all the boxes.
Some may be too unmotivated to walk at an average pace for any clients on our waiting list. Some may be too energetic.
Regardless of the reason, these dogs are always purposely bred registered working lines from esteemed kennels with either a competition background or immense training.
All of our career-changed dogs come with a one-week trial period, rehoming package, and initial training from our training department.
We do not keep a waiting list of rehoming customers. Dogs are rehomed to the best possible match as they become available. Your best bet is to send us an email at email@example.com requesting your details be kept and a little about what type of dog you’re looking for.
Once a home is identified, we set up an appointment with you to come and meet the pup or adult dog. If that meeting is successful, the dog becomes “ready for collection” and can be delivered to your home or picked up at HQ after their rehoming fee has been paid.
The pup will remain on a contractual trial for one week. Most of our dogs are rehomed for a standard $2500-$5000 rehoming fee. This is standard pricing among guide dog schools. All monies go directly toward our guide dog training program.
Unlike other organizations, Stapell provides a comprehensive rehoming package, similar to what a blind or vision-impaired person gets with a new guide dog placement. We love our dogs and want them to be very comfortable to transfer over to you. If they’re comfortable, you’ll love them too and it makes rehoming that much more successful.
Upon your invoice being settled and both you and the dog happy together, any certified pedigrees, microchip transfer documentation, medical history, certificates, genetics and bloodwork (if available) will all be transferred to you as the remainder of your rehoming package.
Suitable equipment (e.g. crates) is also available to purchase through Stapell, when available and where appropriate for an additional cost. Stapell uses Pet Gear “The Other Door” crates imported from the USA. These crates are less “cagey” looking, fit into the furniture scheme more and have our dogs really enjoying crate time like never before.
Current available dogs for rehoming will be listed below.
Call Name: "Axel" pronounced axe-all
Registered Name: "Axel"
Sire: Brando Vom Ilsegrund SchH3 IMP DEU
Brood: Monsimbee Liesel
Born: 29 May 2016
Kennel: von Rhys
Bred by: Mr W Algie
Raised by: Dace Houghton
Desex Date: 19 February 2021
Qualification Date: was to be September 2021
Semen held by Dace Houghton "Lettland Shepherds" who will retain certified pedigree for breeding.
"Axel" was a competition dog before retiring from the field and being sold as an Assistance Dog to a young woman. After about a year of training in assistance work, "Axel" was needing to be rehomed due to issues with the client's living situation and was purchased by Stapell to train as a guide dog. "Axel" is a fine guide dog, whereas, he works fine around outdoor cats, he can be annoying with indoor cats that would be hard for a person with a disability to interrupt.
"Axel" is has a remarkable amount of training and would be a remarkable pet dog to the right home.
If you are considering "Axel," please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information or to request a rehoming application.
"Axel's" asking price is $5,000. This contribution goes toward our guide dog training program.
"Axel" loves balls. He can play with a ball all day. When he is running with the rest of the colony, he is exceptional with all the dogs. He will keep to himself as long as he has his favorite ball. When he doesn't have it, he'll be searching for it or a replacement. Axel is good with all of our colony puppies and adults, including our other studs, being a prior stud himself. Axel is not a barker. He won't bark at passersby or someone at the door. He is a German whinger though. That nasal whine is respective of the breed.
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