Cali Pals Doodles & Service Dogs

Certified Service Dog Trainers and Breeder of Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, and Double doodles!


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Tucker-Owner Trained Service Dog
Rain & Finley Puppy

I came to Cali Pals looking for a puppy to train as my service dog. I was looking for a boutique breeder who socialized their puppies and offered health guarantees. A breeder whose practices would set the puppy up to succeed as a service dog later in life. Someone who would understand the ramifications of genetics and temperament. Enter Tucker. Tricia posted photos every week while I waited for him to be ready to bring home. She worked closely with me to ensure I got the temperament I needed and was looking for, even going so far as to send me videos of puppies in the litter who might be good matches. She even filmed a temperament test so that I could make the final decision myself. Tucker is intelligent, easy to train, confident, sociable, and low energy. He is everything I was looking for. Tricia was beyond flexible. She had great communication throughout the entire process, and I wouldn't hesitate to get a second dog from her. Her primary concerns seemed to be my happiness and the wellbeing of her dogs. I couldn't be happier with my experience, or with my dog.
Tucker's Family

Knight - PTSD Service Dog
Trained by Cali Pals for the first 5 months of his life. 

I feel super emotional, in a good way, when I think about my interactions with Tricia and Cali Pals and how positively our service dog has affected our lives. We got KNight, at age 4 months in December 2016. As Tricia, describes so well on her website, it was a lot of work. But, I wouldn't trade that bonding time with KNight for anything! He is so devoted to me that people notice and point it out. Seriously, people stop me on the street, eyes wide open, mouths agape - that dog! What an amazing dog! And he is!

Tricia sent me videos of his training prior to him coming home with us which helped me to learn how to reinforce and continue how Tricia was training him. Our whole family continued that training. I trained him before every breakfast and dinner. Our whole family went to weekly, and then, monthly trainings with Tricia and KNight. Tricia was always available to answer the questions I texted. I took the responsibility quite seriously and it really paid off.

It is clear that Tricia cares deeply about the success of the service dog/human pair. She is thoroughly knowledgeable about dogs and how to train them. I hope that she is still training service dogs when it comes time to retire KNight. It's difficult for me to imagine working with anyone else.

A service dog from Tricia at CaliPals can change your life for the better!!!

Lace-Service Dog in Training

We love our service dog! The training classes were great, and we took advantage of doing a few private sessions.  Tricia is incredibly helpful and available to answer any questions.  Her training method is reward based, and easy to follow through with at home.

Hope-Autism Service Dog 

We have had our service dog for four months. I waited to write this review so I was able to do so with confidence and valid feedback. Our dog Hope is exactly what we asked CaliPals for in terms of assisting my son. Immediately, one can see that she is special and highly trained to be in public. I have never once, in all the time we have had her, had a single problem while assisting in public. Not one!! She goes unnoticed in restaurants, has been barked at by other non-service dogs in a mall, where she totally ignores. She is eager to work and obey her commands. At home she provides constant comfort for my son. Even without her vest on she knows what to do. CaliPals arranged visits for Hope to visit us during her training, which was nice because we live in Southern CA. Any questions I have I am able to call Tricia and she provides me with information that same day. We absolutely cannot imagine life without Hope now!

Belle- Service Dog in Training

We love our service dog in training. She is loving, smart, very well trained and has made such a big difference for our little girl. After an adjustment period for the first few weeks when we learned to work with her, we are so happy that we worked with Cali Pal dog training to get our dog.

Strider- Working PTSD Service Dog

Cali Pals is a family operated dog training service. We can strongly recommend their dogs and training.

We have had one of their service dogs for over 2 years. He came to us at 7 months old. His basic obedience was solid. (Sit, stay, down, come, heal, etc.) He had also done much public access training. Our first week was a bit tough since he was leaving the people he had bonded with since a pup. Thanks to Tricia's good advice, we set aside 2 weeks to bond and not have any other distractions. We even had our pet dog away from the house so the 2 of us could focus on each other.

After 3 months of us training as a team, we passed our access test. Before that test, Tricia met us to help us navigate grocery stores and answer questions. She was also available by phone and text. We have learned that training is never done with a service dog especially since each handler has different needs. It helps that Tricia and Diane are available for questions and resources.  We practice and train on new things all the time. We also get help from other dog trainers in our area.

Calipals has created a private online group for their SD owners--really helpful to hear other's experiences, ideas and questions.

Titan- Originally placed as an Emotional Support Dog but helped his owner so much that we Certified him as a full Service Dog! 

CaliPals is fantastic! They bred and raised my ESA, who is already significantly improving my quality of life.

When I was looking for potential places to get a service dog, I was quickly frustrated by the process -- many places had long wait lists, or did not train ESAs.

CaliPals approaches their service with such pride and professionalism and love -- I love that they have children involved in their training and that they even include complex scenarios like Disneyland.

They're fantastic!

Cooper- Emotional Support Dog

 Training: September 2012-April 2013

 We highly recommend Tricia with Calipals. We were searching for a emotional support service dog last year for our 6 year old daughter.  We researched several other companies and found Tricia to be very responsive and excited to work with us. She was very familiar with the breed of dogs we were considering and helpful in finding the right breeder.
She worked with Cooper on and off for several months and he is great with our daughter. Cooper has become a key member of our family. Thank you Calipals for training Cooper. Thank you Tricia for always being so responsive when we have a question or when we need help fine tuning a skill.

The Volpas


Willow-Pet Dog

If you are looking for a wonderful pet,,,,please do  not look any farther.....
I purchased Willow a goldendoddle about a year ago from calipals and it was the best purchase I 
have ever made in my life.....and trust me I have bought expensive homes and many high priced autos.
Willow is our life,,,,,she is so well behaved and a pleasure to take anywhere.
She is almost like a human that minds very well. Very smart,and always wanting to please us.
I have never second gussed my purchase of Willow and I pray nothing ever happens to her,,,but if it did I would replace her asap....providing calipals had another dog .
Please contact Tricia she will be as honest as you would want and you won't be sorry.
Calipals  training is top of the line.....I would recommend it HIGHLY....
                                                                                             Willow's   MOM----A

Harper the Diabetic Alert Dog!

Training: June 2011- March 2012

From Phyllis: 

I'm sorry that I'm late in letting you know how Harper is: #1 SHE IS WONDERFUL AND WE ARE HAVING A GREAT COMPANIONSHIP ;MY FOREVER COMPANION!!!!!!!
She was quiet and curled up next to me on the long car ride to Bakersfield; once in Bakersfield and without her vest, she turned into a big puppy. When she met Sam, the 12 week old Corgi, at my brother's instant puppy love was born. He is so small and she is so big but they romped all over the place together wwith and without toys.. Think someone got some pics of them and will send them on. As you both said, she is a different dog in her vest. I took her to Costco on Sunday ( the place was crazy as it always is on Sun); she was a perfect working dog! We flew out later last evening and the flight was a huge success for both Harper and me as well as passengers and crew. The ticket agent changed my seating to an open row so that Harper could have her own space. The only time which made all of us laugh was when the pilot started the engines and before we moved, Harper looked out the window and gave one loud bark- almost as if to say, let's get going!

 Amy, Harper and I are off to Petco to get some doggy grass mats to lay in my walled courtyards. 
What a total ANGEL she is! Tomorrow she and Libby (my 16 year old cat) will meet. Libby is boarding at the vets so she'll come home with us after Harper's appointment.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!! Phyllis  


Darla/Lexi with her new family. Fully Trained Pet Dog

 Training: October 2010-June 2011

Hi Tricia, its Joy lexis mommie. Im so glad we spoke as now I get to see where she came from and see her as a pup. I love that! She is an amazing blessing in our lives and I want to Thank you for her. She got me through one of the most devastating times in my life when my Ginger Spice died. She knew just what it took to cheer me up  and remember Ginger as she has so many features the Ginger did and even acts like her at times. She is such a wonderfull addition to our family. We love her so much! Call me anytime if you need to and like I said, if you are ever in the area, come see her! We go to San Diego once a year, so maybe we could swing by so she could see u too! Thanks! Sincerely Joy


PenBrooke- Fully Trained Pet Dog

Training: February-October 2010 

Hello Diane and Tricia,

  Penbrooke has been with us for one month and we are so pleased with her. She loves to meet new people and always gets complements on how well she is trained. She is perfectly housebroken,and obeys all of her commands The time and loving effort you put into her has given us a wonderful companion. From the first phone call to the day we received Penbrooke we have been pleased with the process. Thanks again for training Penbrooke.

Karol Honeycutt



Pippin, my daughter, friend, guardian, guard dog and housemate/partner- we have now been together for two months and the learning continues. To bring you up to now, we have bounded completely and in true Labradoodle style. For me, she reminds me in so many ways of my Sister and Nephew’s doodles. She is loveable like “Teddy” and boundless energy likes “Bernie” and she has made a major difference in my life has a cancer survivor. We have nearly completed her medical background, bottom line she is very healthy and growing. Soon she and I will take some classes on social graces, calm the barking down at any sound. Leash, walking, crossing the street on command is excellent. Combing her is now a bit more acceptable by her and she loves the pool. She adores and plays well with the dog across the street. They so much in common, both have Lab mixes; Zoey is 45 lbs. & 3 ins. Shorter to Pippin’s 43 lbs. and 20ins tall. But they play together like birth mates. Those play sessions are amazing and a joy for my eyes. I realize your work and training of dogs are for special needs. But Pippin fits and fills my special needs and I am very thankful that we found each other. So your work is well done and suited.  Thank you!

Ric Todd





Sam-Autism Service Dog

 Hi, Diane & Tricia

Sam continues to do well, he passed his AKC Canine Good Citizen class in May.  He's a wonderful companion for both boys--a calming influence for Kane and a playmate for Connor.  We initially wanted Sam for Kane, to assist him with the many challenges of autism.  We never realized that Sam would also be invaluable for Connor, a constant companion to provide interaction and attention for Connor when Kane can not.  Sam is a perfect match for our boys and much of his success has come from the strong base that you provided.  Sam came to us with consistent knowledge of both verbal commands and hand signals.  The hand commands, especially, have been essential when using Sam for public access. Sam shines when he's out in the community in vest!  He lays quietly under tables in restaurants and behaves beautifully in stores and doctor's offices.  We are also so pleased with Sam's socialization to all possible environments.  We have never found any situation where he has flinched, been hesitant, growled or was out-of-sorts.  The time that you spent exposing Sam to different surroundings has payed-off with his ability to move confidently forward into any situation.  Sam is perfectly housebroken; he's never had one accident in the house from the day he arrived!  There also was wonderful reciprocal communication to make us feel a part of Sam's training.  You sent lots of photos and spent time on the phone keeping us updated on Sam's progress.  We can't thank you enough for the time and effort that you put into Sam; we are thrilled with the results!

Megan DiIorio
Pittsburgh, PA