Youth soccer players

Trainers will be selected through an application process and they will need to have a sincere interest in helping homeless dogs become better adoption candidates.

All training must be humane and compassionate and no type of electronic collars, prong or pinch collars of any type, nor any type of chain collars will be permitted.

For more information on trainer selection.


Walk On Loose Leash

Wait / Stay


Youth soccer programs


Come When Called

No Stealing Food


The Canine Restoration Challenge is a competition featuring 14 dog trainers chosen to train 14 shelter dogs in a humane and compassionate manner in just 14 days to a standard that would be acceptable to the general public. The Canine Restoration Challenge goal is to take formally untrained shelter dogs and make them desirable adoption candidates.

Shelter dogs will be assigned to selected trainers through random draw on Friday, July 17th. The trainers will foster and train the dogs for 14-days, and then compete on Saturday, August 1st at the Austin Pet Expo for valuable prizes.

Local animal shelters will choose dogs that are 9 months or older that have been left behind and passed over for adoption because of their physical characteristics or challenging behaviors, as is often the case with dogs without previous training.

When the foundation of our relationship with dogs is built on trust, respect, and desire, dogs respond to proper teaching & training, making them desirable adoption candidates. Dogs that are in shelters are not just lacking a home, more importantly they are lacking a relationship. Our goal is to see them restored to a home and a relationship.

The 1st Canine Restoration Challenge was held in Austin, Texas on August 1, 2015

Austin Pet Expo - Palmer Events Center


Contact us via the "Contact" page if you would like to participate as a trainer, volunteer, become a sponsor, or have additional questions.

In 2009 the Mustang Heritage Foundation (MHF), working in conjunction with the Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) to promote adoption of homeless animals, created a unique event called the Extreme Mutt Makeover. The Extreme Mutt Makeover was a shelter dog training/competition held in Texas, in association with the Extreme Mustang Makeover, to spotlight shelter dogs and get them adopted. The Extreme Mutt Makeover was held once a year from 2009-2012.

Understanding the brilliance of this unique event and the potential impact it could have on the public's perception of shelter dogs, Homeskooling 4 Dogs LLC launched a new project to promote the adoption of shelter dogs with The Canine Restoration Challenge in 2015.

Our goal is to take this shelter dog training competition nationwide to showcase and promote the adoption of these valuable shelter dogs and see them restored to a home and a loving relationship.

Trainers at the Austin Animal Center Friday, July 17, 2015 with their assigned dog.

     2nd Place                       1st Place                3rd Place

   Jasper & LIsa               Ford & Janice        Clyde & Trevor

To see the dogs that participated in The Canine Restoration Challenge click on the logo on the right. Some of the dogs are still waiting for adoption.