Service Dog Training

KSCEC is a non-profit organization (501(c)3) begun by Kindred Spirits Dog Training to train privately owned dogs to work as personal service dogs. In addition, we are working hard to educate the public about service dogs, including their rights of access. The trainers at Kindred Spirits have the utmost respect for the larger organizations who train service dogs, such as Canine Companions for Independence. However, we were seeing – and heard from our clients – a need for more personalized training.

Our goal is to train service dogs for individual people, with each dog being trained with the unique skills needed for each individual owner. Kindred Spirits is training PTSD and mobility support service dogs. These dogs help their handlers up and down stairs, getting in and out of chairs, bracing, retrieving items and other mobility tasks. Financial assistance is available on a case by case basis. For more information about our program call 760-630-4824 or email Petra.

Paul Palika with Archer, his service dog

In memory of Paul Palika 1950-2011 Shown here with his service dog, Archer

Service dog training team

KSCEC Service Dog Committee Melissa with Toby, Lisa with Roup, and Dawn with Sierra. The committee is led by Petra Burke.


Donations are also needed for veterinary care for dogs being trained. Kindred Spirits has adopted shelter dogs for this training and many of these dogs need veterinary care prior to beginning their training and work.

Kindred Spirits also has dreams for the future. Although we have a wonderful facility on property leased from John Windish, Windish Team Realty, who is a wonderful landlord, we would love to have our own place where we could board and train dogs, where we could do doggy day care and training, and where we could expand our service dog training. So along those lines, we have established a ‘dream’ fund and all monies donated to that will be allowed to accumulate until the time comes where we can realize that dream.

Donations can be mailed to: Kindred Spirits Canine Education Center c/o Petra Burke 802 Barsby Vista, CA 92084 On the memo line please make a note: training, vet care or dream fund, or to allow us to use as needed, leave the memo line blank. You will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution. Thanks in advance for your help!