The pictures throughout this page are just a small number of the dogs we've
trained. These photos were taken while the dogs were going through
Boarding School, either for Service work, or Pet obedience.
My name is Cindy.
My son is 9 and has cerebral palsy and Little Angels Service Dogs
bred and trained our dog Maley. He works as a Mobility Assistance
Dog and is like a living cane for my son! He accompanies my son
everywhere (school, church, movie theater). It is unbelievable
how a dog can be trained to work this way. He has helped my son
become much more independent and he has literally changed his
Cindy, from Hawaii
Working with Little Angels Dog Training was a very rewarding
experience. Katie the director was very kind and helpful and
definitely knew what she was talking about. And I don't think I
could have ended up with a better dog. Katie guided me through
the entire process with ease and the end result has been such a
Julia, from Michigan
(One year later)
I definitely recommend Little Angels Dog Training to anyone
looking for a service dog. Luke has been such a terrific dog and he
helps me in so many ways I never imagined. He helps me
regulate my activity level when we're out, he really helps facilitate
positive social interactions with other people, he's a great
distraction when I'm in distress, and just being able to pet him
helps calm me down. I am so thankful for this beautiful dog and I
love telling people about your organization. Thank you!
Julia, from Michigan
Julia and Luke
I suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to the war. Before
getting a service dog I was extremely paranoid, having difficulty in
crowds and would never leave the house alone. I had to rely on my
wife to guide me everywhere I went. Now I have Sedona, my service
dog from Little Angels. Through Little Angels Service Dogs I have
learned to work as a team with Sedona. Now she helps me with all
my fears and troubles so that I can one day have a normal life. I
definitely would recommend Little Angels for anyone looking for a
service dog. Words can't express how much Sedona has changed
John, from California
Thank you. A million times over thank you. Our service dog is
indeed a Little Angel. In just 2 weeks, I already see how she is
changing our lives and helping. Her specialized PTSD training is
great. She is so smart and so ready. You have done such a great
job. We have already recommended you to many friends and know
we will send many more.
Laura, from California
Max is doing great. He is an absolute life saver
and helps me every day!
I am the happiest girl in the world!
Jenna, from Florida
Max and Jenna
Thank you Little Angels for the great presentation you gave our girl
scout troop today. The girls had a wonderful time and learned a lot
of useful and important information about the importance of service
dogs and how to (or not to) approach them in public. We really
appreciate the work you do and hope our contribution has helped.
Lizzy alerted last night (first to our neighbor and then to me) while
Michael was in a bounce house at a baseball game. And sure
enough, Michael had a seizure about 10 minutes later while in line
for the slide. Fortunately, I had treats to reward her. I’m amazed
that she could sense something while sitting outside the bounce
house and with all of the other distractions at her first trip to the
Michael and Lizzy
Ella and I have become one soul.
We go everywhere together and have never had a problem.
She has become the star at work. Everybody loves her because she
has brought so much joy! And everyone is so struck by how close
we are, and how sweet and loving she is with me.
She has transformed my life! She is my joy!
We have gone to so many places together; restaurants, class,
hairdresser, stores, coffee shops, movie theater, etc...and she is so
good. People stop me and tell me how well behaved she is. And of
course, they say that she is so gorgeous!
Also, I have noticed that many people smile at me when they see
us. I give Ella many kisses, and people envy our affection and then
they tell me about their dogs, as you told me they would. I feel that
Ella has made me more approachable.
Thank you so much.
Simonetta, from Michigan
What an AMAZING group of people who have a sincere love for
dogs. They create a positive training experience, help you become
a better handler and send you home with great training tools. I'm
so impressed with their profound knowledge of Service Dog tasks
and training, that I just had to Yelp about it.
My service dog wags away every time he greets Katie, the head
trainer, and gets super excited when we go to the Service Dog
Clinics. I feel more empowered and have a better outlook on life
now that I have my best friend to help me. I feel blessed to have
found such a wonderful training program and truly believe our
paths crossed for a reason. Katie and her team are 5 star ANGELS
in my book!!!
Thank You Little Angels Dog Training, you have changed my Life!
Reiko, from California regarding Training Clinics
My son Ethan was diagnosed with a very rare type of Epilepsy
called Myoclonic Absence Epilepsy (MAS). MAS is very hard to
treat - you see Ethan’s seizures are generalized. This means the
seizures are happening everywhere in his brain, making it very hard
to control with medicine. Because his seizures are not occurring in
one specific region it makes it extremely difficult to treat. Ethan
has a seizure every single minute and it has been a long road with
his disability; Ethan has spent several days/ weeks in the hospital.
We have tried many doctors at different hospital trying to find
drugs/ diets that would work for him. A few times we found a
particular drug that seemed to be working, but then the seizures
come back. Ethan has been through many electroencephalogram
(EEG) testing. Almost seven years now, we are out of medications
for Ethan to try, and are looking for more ways to help him.
One year ago I was presented with the idea of a seizure dog for
Ethan. I had thought of the idea before, but this time I took it a little
more serious seeing that his disorder is not improving. When I did
more research on the benefits of the seizure dog, I decided what a
wonderful idea it was. One of the developing biosocial issues in the
field of psychology and human development is how societies may
or may not socially include or exclude children with disabilities.
People who live, work, go to school, and cope with Epilepsy must
often deal with having a most disadvantaged/least able social
status, in addition to their significant challenges. Ethan has to
struggle daily with the extreme biosocial, cognitive, and
psychosocial challenges on a daily basis. Having to face these
challenges I have had to stand up for my son, being the best
advocate that I can be, while trying to help my son cope with his
Epilepsy. My son’s cognitive ability is not the best, but day by day
he faces these challenges. Psychosocial challenges are an
everyday situation that I, as Ethan’s mother, am faced with every
Having the seizure dog helps my son handle the cognitive
challenges he faces throughout his day. Another benefit of having a
seizure dog is that it helps him develop many new friendships. The
seizure dog also is helping him gain independence while making
sure that his safety is intact.
Without the support of my co-workers I would have not been so
educated on the seizure dog. I owe much thanks to all the support
from my fellow co-workers as they are the ones that presented the
idea to me. They have lead me down an amazing path that has
turned everyone I know and myself into better people.
I want to make sure that I give much thanks to Katie (the Director of
Little Angels Service Dogs)! She is truly an awesome person. Katie
was and has been there whenever I need her. I could never imagine
getting our dog from anyone else but her! I cannot express how
much we truly are blessed to now have her as part of our life! When
we did our research we never heard of Little Angles so we applied
to many different schools to get Ethan’s service dog. Because of
my sons age Little Angels was the only one that accepted our
application. Katie is truly a Godsend to us and is truly an “Angel!”
Chloe is the first service dog in my son’s school district. Katie has
been there for everyone that has been involved, and she is an
amazing advocate and such an inspirational person. During training
Katie wanted a day to spend with Ethan and Chloe to see how
Ethan would do when other kids would be around him. Katie
brought her family out with us and treated us to a day of Kayaking
and spear fishing (too bad the water was so cold… lol). She truly
thinks of every way that the training would be beneficial to you. Not
only is Katie an angel but her family is too. Just such awesome
people; we were so lucky to meet them! We love you guys and miss
you very much! Going through the daily struggles it was so
amazing to be in such an uplifting place with everyone. It was such
a blessing to be out of the negativity we deal with on a daily basis
and to feel for the first time in our life how to be truly happy. Now
we not only smile on the outside, but now because of Chloe on the
Chloe is such an amazing dog; she knows when Ethan is sad and is
always there to cheer him up. For me this is the best thing I have
ever done in my life because now my son is the happiest kid on the
face of this earth!!!!
We also owe extreme salutations to the foster family. During our
training days we had the opportunity to meet Chloe’s foster family;
“The Rohmer’s”. We thank you for your volunteer spirit and your
desire to support our Chloe and ourselves. Thank you so much;
you have helped us in so many ways that you will never know.
Knowing how much Ethan loves Chloe I cannot imagine how hard it
was for you to give her up! Hopefully it brings you peace and
comfort to know that Chloe and Ethan are the bestest of friends
and she will be forever spoiled. You took your precious time to
make a difference in my son’s life. You are all my heroes for the
efforts you gave.
Ethan has benefited from the help of his new service dog Chloe and
now his dog is helping him to improve his quality of life. Though
Ethan may have passed his formative years, he is still at his
starting point to understand what the seizures has done to him
personally, emotionally and socially. The companion/seizure
response will give him the opportunity to explore and be more
independent without being in the constant limitations because of
seizures. I know that as he grows up, so is the frequency and the
recurrence of his seizures and to have this second pair of eyes and
ears will give us a peace of mind. As a child with a learning
disability, this will also give Ethan a chance to educate people
about the stigma of having epilepsy.
Because of all the generous hearts that we have crossed paths with
it has given me hope, inspiration, and admiration. I hope that one
day I can give back in ways that can have an effect on others in
need. It is amazing and very powerful when a community comes
together doing what ever they could do for the good of humanity!
The emotional, physical, financial, and mental support that my
family, friends and the community has given me in my life has
made me the mother I am today.
I used to think that family was just family, that it wasn’t really
important. But as I got older, and received lots of support from my
family, I realized that they are important. Without my family, friends,
co-workers, Katie, and the community I wouldn’t have gotten very
far. God has put people in our lives, and I call them angels. My
family has helped me through my trials, and has always had a
shoulder for me to cry on. I asked Ethan what family meant to him.
He said to me,” Love, and standing up for one another.” He also
told me,” I will never forget when you told me that you wished that
you could have the seizures instead of me.” Through Ethan’s eyes I
am his hero but I don’t think he will ever understand just how much
of a hero he is to me. If I would not have been so blessed to have
him in my life I would have not been so lucky to have the family I
have today, or to have even realized how important they all are.
People ask me daily,” How I do it and how do you always have a
smile on your face?” I tell them this, “Even though Ethan is still not
seizure free I believe in my heart that God knows every hair on our
head. God has us on this journey of life for a reason and day by day
his message is slowly revealing to me and this helps bring me
Forever in our heart and Always in our prayers,
Nichole, Ethan and Chloe Pinto
Both my husband and I are physicians, working 70 + hours/week
.... We did not want to get an older dog, though were also realistic
about not being able to do the training ourselves. Luckily, I found
Little Angels online and went out to see them. We ended up getting
a yellow Lab puppy through them. They kept our dog ("Sweetie")
through the week and I would come get her on the weekends if I
was off. That way, she was used to us and our home but was
getting trained all week. When she was four months old we took
her home full time. This ended up being a wonderful experience for
the following reasons:
1) Sweetie really is the BEST dog.
2) She was fully crate trained. She truly loves her crate, which is
such a relief. When we go to dinner, etc. she is very happy to hang
out in there.
3) She knows all her basic commands. If we end up over-spoiling
her and she "forgets" some, Little Angels does unlimited private
lessons for us and doesn't charge us because we did the boarding
school package. The lessons with Little Angels are always helpful,
and very practical. Most of the time we end up needing the training,
and not really the dog.
4) We never worry about going out of town because Sweetie LOVES
Little Angels, and we always board her there. That way she gets a
refresher on her training while we are out of town.
5) Sweetie is very well adjusted to being around other dogs/kids
because of the environment there.
To make a long story short, it was well worth the investment. We
have a beautiful, well behaved dog. Sweetie is now 2 years old.
Hannah, from California
When I first purchased our puppy my family and I were so
excited. But that excitement didn't last long when we discovered
how difficult puppies can really be. We were unprepared for the
housebreaking, jumping, chewing, and general disruption a new
dog can bring into a household. Little Angels Dog Training to the
reccue! Mrs. Gonzalez was so professional and kind, (I think my
husband and I needed more training than our dog!). Within a very
short period of time, we had the dog of our dreams thanks to Little
Angels. I would do it again a thousand times over.
- Pastor Donna Lopez
I called Katie at Little Angels Dog Training with a great deal of
frustration and panic. One day, my 3 year old Australian Sheppard
X, Indi, was not being a "little angel", in fact, I was convinced Indi
had grown two little red horns ! Indi had seized an opportunity and
got out of the yard, I had been attempting to catch her for over 2.5
hours! This included me chasing her as she chased a mini van
with a dog inside. Fortunately, the man driving stopped when he
saw me chasing him! With the help of his dog, we were able to
Somewhere over her life, the word "come" meant let's play a
game and of course, the game was only in play when she got out
or was at dog park off leash. Nothing would get her to come back -
not even steak or chicken! The tricks I resorted to catch her
Katie and I discussed my problem on the phone and ways to
correct her behavior. Everything sounded wonderful on the
phone. When we met, I was very pleased with how Katie
interacted with me and Indi.
We did five sessions with Katie as well as daily "homework" .
Since "come" meant play to Indi; Katie and I taught Indi a new
word to recall her. I have tested Indi many times with a lot of
distractions using the new recall word and every time she returns
Now, I am more than thrilled to say, Indi can walk with me off
leash, she returns when called and has the same happy
personality. In some ways, she seems happier than before as she
has more freedom and the bond between her and I has
strengthened. Thanks so much to Katie and Little Angels for
helping me get my "little angel" back!
- Suzie Powanda and Indi
Little Angels Dog Training was the best thing I had done for my
Shih Tzu Panda. I am not good with training dogs and had no idea
how to go about training her. I enrolled my Panda in the Boarding
School program and when we got her back she was not so hyper
and she had learned new commands. She is a changed puppy.
Thank you Katie for your help with our family puppy.
- Nancy Endoso
We wanted to thank you for helping Sierra make so much
progress in such a short time. When we came to you, Sierra
couldn’t focus on any command or task due to her focus on her
ball (or Kong). Her newfound ability to take her mind off the toy
complete any command is incredible. She can finally obey our
commands, regardless of where the toy is.
Rescuing a dog with an unknown history can be a scary
endeavor. How will he/she behave around children, other dogs, or
when left alone? Does he/she chew or dig? Is he/she house
broken? These were just a few of the questions we were about to
We got lucky! Sierra (originally Beth) was a healthy black lab,
although underfed and skittish from her prior experiences. While
she had as much energy as any young Labrador Retriever
(approximately 1 year old), she was good with children and
ignored other animals, didn’t chew and was house broken. She
was also a leash puller, hyper and only knew a few simple
commands. She could fetch/retrieve a toy (ball or Kong) for hours
at a time, she not listen to commands if her toy was insight.
Worse, she would chase the toy into the street or other hazardous
locations and not heed commands or warnings.
While I was patient to work her on many of these problems, I
needed help. I was fortunate enough to find Little Angel’s on the
web, and began taking Sierra in for her lessons. Her behavior
change was instantaneous (with Katie, and eventually with me).
Sierra completed her training and we have continued to practice
all we learned. Yes, we! As Sierra learned, so did Ana and I.
From Katie we learned better training techniques than those we
had previously used and were able to expand Sierra’s knowledge.
We receive monthly emails from Little Angel’s giving us additional
training tips and opportunities for additional training, in group
A final note. Little Angel’s offers boarding to its graduates. If you
love your dog as much as we do, you’ll be comforted to know that
he/she is begin well taken care of in a house environment and not
a kennel. The additional training they receive will help reinforce
what they’ve learned. We have been especially appreciative of
the emails we receive while we’re away letting us know Sierra is
OK and having fun.
- Ana and Joe Rudolf
Our family waited a long time to get dogs. In September of last
year we bought two lab puppies. While they were darling and fun,
they grew quickly and we weren't prepared for what we had to do
to train them. They were jumping on us, not minding, and
basically just being "high energy labs". I was feeling very
frustrated knew that we had to do something. I hired "Little
Angles Dog Training" and it was the best thing I could have done.
Katie has a passion for animals...and it shows. She came to our
house, visited with us and in about a month she took both dogs to
train at her home. When they returned, they were different dogs,
same personalities, but they now were dogs that could blend into
our family better. The whole situation has gone from frustrating
to great. We LOVE our dogs and they now obey commands. I
highly recommend "Little Angels Dog Training" as Katie not only
trained them but kept in touch through the process and continues
to keep in touch.
My name is Lauren and I took my dog Cash to be trained with
Katie. When I dropped Cash off I was at my ropes end. I was either
going to get rid of her or try this training as a last resort. It was
expensive and I spent all of my Christmas money and I could not
be happier now. It was worth every single penny. My dog Cash
was aggressive towards other dogs, jumped on my friends,
barked at the door, stole my other dogs food...the list goes on.
Anyway, we left her to be boarded with Katie and when we got her
back I cried because I was soooooo happy. I called her name and
said come and she did it. I seriously was amazed! I said sit and
she did it. She can now walk on a leash which at one time was
scary! She is 70 lbs and used to drag me all around! She is trained
on and off the leash and listens even when other dogs pass by. I
know you might be thinking that's no great accomplishment
getting a dog to walk on a leash but really Cash was a disaster!!!
Katie will probably tell you she was the worst dog she's seen...but
she was transformed through training. Now I can walk her every
day without fear of being pulled into the street. We walk with my 6
month old baby, we play with the baby and it is totally safe! So
what I am trying to say is Katie is an amazing trainer. She stands
by her work and won't stop until the job is done. I am sure she
would have just given me back my money and my crazy dog after
she saw what she had to work with but she didn't. She stuck by
Cash and then stuck by us as we learned how to reinforce the
training. I can't say enough about Little Angels Dog Training and
how amazing the dogs from their facility are. You won't be
disappointed at all and you'll be telling all of your friends about it.
Please know that I would never give such an amazing referral if it
weren't really true.
My 10 month old Labrador/Pit mix, Gracie, and I have been
attending Little Angel's Service Dogs since May of this year. In the
past 6 months, Gracie has learned to alert my partner if I am about
to have a seizure, she has learned to ignore distractions while we
are out in public and is amazing at all of her basic commands. We
are still learning many new techniques/commands every time we
attend training and it has been such a blessing!
Katie and Chris have been a MAJOR support to not just myself
and Gracie, but also to my surrogate family. It is truly a blessing to
know that I can call them if I need over the phone support and visit
their facility for one on one training. I highly recommend attending
the group clinics in Coronado not just for your dog, but also for
your own mental health. When you first realize that you have a
disability it is a shock to the system that you have a hard time
processing. With Katie, Chris, and all the wonderful trainers and
other persons who partake in the trainings, you slowly become a
wonderful family who support each other mentally, physically,
emotionally and even spiritually.
I honestly would not be able to imagine my life without my
wonderful service dog, and without Katie and her amazing team. I
highly recommend anyone who has a disability to not be ashamed
of giving them a call. They truly can help you and will handle your
situation with grace, comfort and patience.
What a wonderful bunch of people! We recently brought home a
service dog trained by the whole team at Little Angels and not
only is this the best trained dog we've ever met, they spent untold
hours training us to handle her properly. It is clear that these dogs
are trained with love. We even got a "baby book" from our foster
mom! Bringing a service dog into your life is a huge
commitment and Katie's team continues to support us even long
Little angels has been so good for us and our dog!! We have been
going there for a couple of months to train our own dog under
their guidance. Our dog has become so good that people are
always commenting on his excellent behavior. He opted for
private lessons and have been working with christopher. The
other option for training is to leave your dog with them until it is
trained, then they train and guide you on how to work with your
dog. It is something you must work at, but is so worth it! The
prices are quite reasonable compared to others. We have had so
much fun since we started. We loved going to the once a month
clinic & interacting with so many other people who care about
making their relationships with their dogs the best it can be. We
are looking forward to participating in more clinics and training
sessions. Our family recommends Little angels. Whether you are
in need of a service dog or just need to turn your "little devil" into
a "little angel" this is the place!
Over 1,500 dogs trained - and lives changed!