We currently use dogs that we have bred ourselves from health and temperament tested parents in our service dog training program. These dogs undergo lots of training and socialization starting from the time they were born! Our service dogs in training work with volunteer trainers and puppy raisers to learn basic obedience, house manners, & public access skills, to prepare them for advanced task training and life as a working dog. They live in our homes, become a member of our family, and will forever have a piece of our hearts, but we know they will go on to make an amazing impact in someone's life! Generally our dogs are with puppy raisers until they reach 9-14 months of age depending on maturity and the types of jobs they will be performing.
Once one of our training dogs has completed the basic training portion of our program, we begin to match them with an applicant. This matching process is based on the person's disability and lifestyle needs, physical ability, and finding compatible personalities. Please understand that we do not let our applicants pick their dog for this reason.
Once a dog is matched, we begin the specialized custom task training of that dog to the individual's needs. The task training portion of our program can take 3-6 months.
A donation of $12,000 - $16,000 is required by the applicant to be matched with one of our dogs. The range in price varies based on where the applicant is located and the specific tasks that are needed for that individual. Occasionally we have scholarships available for low-income applicants from grants we receive, but these are not always available.
Placements are 1-2 weeks long and can be done with our trainers in Southern California, in your home town where our trainers bring the dog to you, or a combination of both. The placement location and length of time is up to the judgement of our trainers as to what they think would be most successful for each applicant and dog.
Service dog placement is vital to ensuring both the dog and recipient successfully grow as a service dog team. During placement, recipients work with our trainers 3-6 hours each day to master handling skills and bond with their new service dog.
Our team of trainers is here to support you with your Cornerstone Companions Service Dog for the lifetime of the dog.
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Stella is a Goldendoodle who was trained as a PTSD assistance . She has been with her recipient now for 5 years and they are wonderful CORNERSTONE COMPANIONS! 🙌🐕🦺🐾
Alon is a Chocolate Labrador whi was who was trained in mobility assistance. He has been with his recipient now for 4 years and they are wonderful CORNERSTONE COMPANIONS! 🙌🐕🦺🐾
Burrito is a Great Dane mix we rescued from the Santa Monica Animal Shelter who was who was trained for autism and mobility assistance. He has been with his recipient now for 2 years and they are wonderful CORNERSTONE COMPANIONS! 🙌🐕🦺🐾
Cali is a Yellow Labrador who was who was trained for medical alert. She has been with her recipient now for 5 years and they are wonderful CORNERSTONE COMPANIONS! 🙌🐕🦺🐾
Annie is a Red Nose Pitbull who was who was trained in autism assistance. She has been with her recipient now for 9 years and they are wonderful CORNERSTONE COMPANIONS! 🙌🐕🦺🐾
Bravo is a Yellow Labrador who was who was trained in autism assistance. He has been with his recipient now for 4 years and they are wonderful CORNERSTONE COMPANIONS! 🙌🐕🦺🐾
Kylo is a shepherd mix we rescued from the Castaic animal shelter and he was trained as a hemoplegic migraine alert and mobility assistance dog. He has been matched with his recipient for 4 years now and they are wonderful CORNERSTONE COMPANIONS!
Cash/Bubba is at a school in Alaska for children with difficulties in regulatung behavior. Cash is a Cornerstone Companion used as an incentive for the children to try to self soothe amd calm themselves in order to receive "special time" with him and also in order not to "scare" him. The administration says he has been "working miracles"!
Coda has been placed with her recipient in Tennessee. The recipient has reported decreased anxiety and depression as well as a noticeable difference to her peers and family members! She has been able to live a more independent life and Coda is her Cornerstone Companion! They are an awesome team! I am so proud!!
Rosa is diabetic alert dog for her person in central California. She lives with her recipient near the beach and when they aren't traveling they live to spend their days on the beach together! Rosa is a Standard French Poodle and a wonderful Cornerstone Companion to her recipient!