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Mission: Good Dog! is dedicated to helping children and families live better lives through autism service dog companionship since 2011.

Results: 35 autism service dog placed and supported.

Target demographics: children and families live better lives through autism service dog companionship.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 children and families living with autism

Geographic areas served: San Diego, California and across the USA.

Programs: autism service dog placement; community services including a free chat program for families seeking information about the service dog arena, and community outreach programs; training services including training and family services, including fundraising support to help families raise the required funds to receive an autism service dog and online continued education and support for families with an autism service dog.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am lucky enough to be an apprentice trainer for this amazing organization! I love how each family, child and dog are matched very carefully to make sure that the team will be the best that it can possibly be! Each dog is raised and trained with love and positivity making them the best service dogs possible!

4 Amanda B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don’t think I will ever stop being amazed at how Good Dog! Charlie's presence has changed our home and Cade’s life for the better. She brightens our entire home and her love for Cade is just incredible. Watching her watch him makes my heart full. She is truly the missing puzzle piece to our family. Good Dog! Autism Companions offers endless support throughout the entire process of being matched with your child's forever friend and their training and bonding course is simply phenomenal. The week I spent in California training with Charlie and the team was a life changing experience for me. Their support is continues after your Good Dog! comes home. This organization truly changes the lives of autism families!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a trainer with Good Dog Autism Companions and I love the team and community here. Our executive director and her husband are autism parents and have been involved in the autism community for many years. They are incredibly knowledgeable about what autism families need in a service dog, and are always willing to offer advice and help to families. Our lead trainer is very supportive and has a great system to check in with the trainers and keep up with the dogs' progress. Love this organization and the work we are doing!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Good Dog! Autism Companions is a wonderful organization with awesome directors, great trainers, fantastic families and fabulous pups! I love training pups for them and seeing the benefit the dogs give to their people.

3 Christine178

Client Served

Rating: 5

Good Dog! Autism Companions has changed our entire family's lives for the better in immeasurable ways! From the moment we met and worked with their facility dog, Drake, we knew Good Dog! was an organization we wanted to get involved with. Our son's service dog, Flinn is an angel on paws. He has given Cameron so much confidence to try things he might not have done previously, because he knows he has a best friend by his side who will step in to help him when he needs it wherever he goes. Good Dog! Has been with us every step of the way, from the first call, to fundraising, to graduation, and follow up support. We are honored to be members of the Good Dog! family, and would recommend this organization to anyone, no matter if they're seeking an Autism service dog, looking for an amazing organization to support, or both!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Good Dog! is not just a nonprofit company. This organization makes dreams come true. The journey of being a special needs parent is not easy, but working with Good Dog! has shown us unconditional love and support. We will be getting an autism service dog in a month, and Laura Sylvester was wonderful to work with since the beginning. Having a dog nurture and help our daughter with her daily challenges will be incredible, and we can't believe we will be getting therapy from a warm, loving dog. Thank you Good Dog!, Laura, and everyone who has been a part of our story!

3 Christen S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are another Good Dog! Family! It started the same way... a VERY informative phone conversation with Laura Sylvester. Not only is Laura the Executive Director at Good Dog! Autism Companions but she is also a mom of a son who has Autism. She wanted to know all about my son and his needs to see how she could help. Not only listening to see if my son could benefit from a Good Dog but all the resources that she knows of that could help him! Good Dog Hope is my sons forever friend! Good Dog Hope has changed our entire family for the better! The trainers/puppy raisers/breeders/donors... the list goes on, are all amazing!!! However, the part that sets this organization apart from the rest is Laura and Rick Sylvester!!! From the time the board accepts your child's application you are part of the Good Dog! Family!!!!! From helping with fundraising to making the wait not seem so long by allowing people to follow the puppies journeys to becoming service dogs! And finally supporting the families after they get their Good Dog! They also help the families form their own bonds with each other!!!
I could go on and on but I will stop and just simply say THANK YOU GOOD DOG! AUTISM COMPANIONS!!!! You have changed our son's life for the better!!!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Good Dog Autism changed our lives. We benefited by becoming a Good Dog Family and we have Good Dog Grom. Grom is an integral.part of our family unit. He helps us to do things together as a family that we wouldn't have attempted before. We support Good Dog because we know firsthand the difference a service dog can make in a person's life and his family. Every little bit counts! Truly, together we navigate this world as a much more confident and cohesive family unit and our son has the help and support from Grom. It is too easy for special needs families to get overwhelmed and begin to isolate themselves just trying to survive. Life is not about surviving, but living despite obstacles and embracing the quality of life we all should have in our lives. Please support Good Dog Autism!

6 Kimberly B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are in the process of getting our son an autism service dog through Good Dog Autism Companions. We researched many organizations and decided to go with GDAC after having our phone chat with their director/founder, Laura Sylvester, to see if GDAC would be a good fit for our family. We felt an immediate connection with her because she's a fellow ASD mom and dog lover. She explained the detailed process that goes into selecting, raising, and custom training each dog and child/family. This really set the company apart in my eyes from others. Since we started this journey, we've truly become a "part of the pack" with the other Good Dog Families and staff/trainers. They've been here to help us from fundraising support to answering questions to the matching process and beyond. This is an exceptional non-profit organization & we are excited for the day that Sebastian's Good Dog gets to come home!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our wonderful Blaze is a Good Dog! Blaze has been a gamer changer for our son, Wyatt. He goes to school with him everyday and has given Wyatt more confidence! Good Dog provides endless support. Some of my favorite things is that they only use positive training methods on their dogs! Their handler training was top notch, providing me with the tools I needed to bring Blaze home. They understand Autism, as their son also has an Autism diagnosis. Their trainer Sam, went way beyond her job, to meet us several times so we could bond with Blaze. She was so kind and loving to my son! She answered all my million questions with patience and support! Thank you Good Dog for such an awesome opportunity!