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An Outing Fit for a King (or Queen)

Not all puppies get to cheer on their local NBA team, but Canine Companions® puppy Zari is a lucky one. Now nearly 8 months old, Zari attended her first Sacramento Kings game, along with five other Canine Companions puppies. She took in the sights and sounds and then settled in and slept right through the […]

Waldo’s Thanksgiving Visitor

Canine Companions® puppy Waldo has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! He just turned 9-months-old and is growing and learning every day. Plus, he has an extra special friend (and mentor) around for the holidays – Canine Companions Facility Dog Sawyer. Sawyer was the first puppy raised by Waldo’s volunteer puppy raiser. Sawyer’s […]

Making New Friends with Buckeye

Fall – apple picking, leaves changing colors, pumpkins, costume parties and spending time outside, Buckeye wanted to experience it all. What better way to celebrate fall, then by spending some time making new friends and practicing his commands in many fun places. It is important for assistance dogs to be comfortable in every situation, so […]

Zari on the Green

It’s not often that a Canine Companions® puppy gets to listen to bag pipes, hear the swing of a golf club and mingle with cheering crowds all in one day, but Zari got to experience these and much more at a recent golf tournament. Zari, now six months old, attended the golf tournament, dinner and auction with […]

Foley Continues to Succeed

Canine Companions® dog Foley has almost completed the first three months of professional training. He has been hard at work building on the commands his volunteer puppy raisers taught him, as well as learning the new commands that he would use as an assistance dog with a child, adult or veteran with a disability. Foley […]

Foley with trainer

Oh the Places Waldo Goes – and Why It’s Important

Where’s Waldo? He’s out and about! While learning new commands is vital for a Canine Companions® puppy’s journey, socialization is equally, if not more, important. Now that Waldo is older, he’s started adventuring with his puppy raiser to get used to all the world has to offer. From the grocery store to fun community events […]

Lights, Camera, Buckeye!

Every puppy has a different personality, and Buckeye’s is definitely camera ready. From the time he arrived in Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye was ready to tackle the world. At 15-weeks-old he has never met a stranger he didn’t like or something he won’t try. Every Friday, Buckeye helps share the local news and sometimes even the […]

Zari is Learning What it Takes

  When Zari’s puppy raiser, Laura, began volunteering for Canine Companions® 17 years ago, she never thought a member of her own family would be matched with one of our expertly-trained assistance dogs. Three short weeks ago, that’s exactly what happened. Laura’s mother, Sandy, had been invited to our Northwest Training Center to participate in […]

Foley in Professional Training – the First Month

In August, Foley entered professional training and he’s been a busy guy learning all that he can in his first month. He’s settled into his new routine and enjoys his time with his trainer. It’s been a lot of hard work but a ton of fun too! The first few weeks of professional training started […]

Beach, Babies, Baking and Barking

Puppy Alexis is now six months old and has been learning and experiencing new things every day in sunny San Diego! This month she went in the ocean for the first time and loved playing in the water. She’s also learned that young children share the same interest in toys as she does and has […]