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Companion & Facility Dogs

Companion Dog or Emotional Support Animals (ESA) are happy, loving dogs who can provide companionship, motivation, and emotional support to people who need a friend around the home and where dogs are welcome.  Unlike Service Dogs ESAs do not accompany their person everywhere.  They are well trained but not with service tasks or for public access.  They only take a year to go through our program.  

After veterinary care, basic and sometimes intermediate training, and confidence building, these dogs are placed with adults and children who have a physical, cognitive, or emotional need that can be helped with a loving pet or companion. These needs might include depression, loneliness or anxiety.  ESA provide a reason to get up in the morning, motivation to exercise, and they give there human partners someone to care for.  

Facility Dogs are well trained dogs who have a knack for working with multiple people in a long or short term care facility, group home, classroom or therapist office.  These dogs are placed with a person who works in or frequently visits a facility to benefit the people who use it.  The dog is an aid to focus on for someone with anxiety or fear of talking with another person.  A dog is not judgmental and is allways willing to listen.  

We have a dog currently who would excel at this work.

To learn more please call 503-662-2364

ESAs and Facility dogs do not have public access rights.





Sunstone Service Dogs will not discriminate against any director, officer, employee, applicant or participant on the basis of, but not limited to: sex, race, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, sexual preference, gender identification or national origin.

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