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How To Adopt A Dog That Failed TSA Canine Training! June 30, 2021

How To Adopt A Dog That Failed TSA Canine Training!

How To Adopt A Dog That Failed TSA Canine Training!

If you’ve flown into or out of any major airport, you have likely seen a TSA Canine. They sniff out explosives that may be present on the travelers currently there. However, not every dog that goes to school to be a TSA canine is up to the job. Those that flunk out cannot always be utilized in another field and need to find their forever homes. Now, you can be one of those homes!

The Pups That Flunked

Just because a dog is not suitable for a job with the TSA does not mean it does not need a family. The dogs that fail their attempts at explosives detection are typically highly active breeds that require further training and plenty of exercising. With that said, every dog comes crate-trained and can help ease any dog into their new home.

Most of the available dogs have not had exposure to small children or animals other than dogs. It does not mean that they are not capable of being family dogs. However, they may require additional professional training to help them adjust.



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It is always important to remember that it can take any dog 90 days, sometimes longer, to adjust to its new surroundings. If they seem to be struggling to do so after that time, it may be time to seek professional assistance.

How To Adopt A Dog That Failed TSA Canine Training!

Applying For Your New Friend

Potential adopters will be happy to find out that the process for adopting a failed TSA canine is not much different from your typical adoption process. The basic home requirements according to tsa.gov are as follows:

  • You must have a fenced-in yard at the time of applying.
  • There should be no intentions of moving within six months of adopting a dog.
  • Homes must abide by all local pet ordinances.
  • You must agree to provide the dog with appropriate medical care, exercise, training, and companionship.
  • All existing pets in the home must have current vaccinations and preventive care.
  • The age of children in the home will be taken into consideration when selecting a dog.

If you meet those requirements and are interested in beginning the process, you can reach out to the adoption coordinator at [email protected] They will then reply with further information regarding the process.

Each Adoption Is Unique

Applicants that are approved will be provided photos and profiles of available dogs. They can then schedule an appointment to meet any potential matches.

Each adoption is unique which, means there is no set amount of time to complete an adoption – it may take a few days or a few weeks. Applicants must make multiple visits to the facility in San Antonio, Texas, to ensure the best possible fit for their circumstances.

Adoptions come at no upfront cost to the adopter, but they are required to sign an Indemnity Agreement in front of a notary. It states that they accept all future risks and consequences of the dog and agree to pay for its future medical care. Plus a lifetime of health, happiness, and love – for both dog and owner. For more heartwarming pet stories, check out our blog!

Please note that the dogs shown in this blog are not part of the TSA.

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