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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 […]

Waldo’s First Graduation

At six months old, Waldo is well on his way to his future as an assistance dog. This August, Waldo attended his first graduation ceremony to get a glimpse what his future could hold. But this wasn’t just any graduation ceremony. This one was extra special for his puppy raiser, Lisa. Waldo is Lisa’s second […]

Farewell to Foley

On Friday, August 10, 2018, we celebrated the next step in Foley’s journey to become an assistance dog. Foley entered professional training at the Southwest Training Center after participating in a full day of exciting and emotional activities. Foley said goodbye to all his friends, human and canine, on Thursday and then hopped on the […]

Growing Like A Really Cute Weed

Now three and a half months old, Zari is growing like a weed and learning new things every day! This month, Zari has been busy learning various commands, meeting dogs and people, and taking in all the sights, sounds and smells she’s being exposed to. She’s quick learner who’s already mastered “sit” and is working […]

Puppy Alexis is Learning the Ropes

Canine Companions® puppy Alexis is growing up and has been introduced to about 15 commands including sit, stay, let’s go, shake, drop and dress. Alexis will learn another 15 commands or so before she enters professional training in February 2020. When the time comes and Alexis enters the next phase of her training, the professional […]

Miller Hits the Books!

Canine Companions dog (we can’t call him a puppy anymore), Miller, has almost completed the first three months of professional training. In this time, he’s been building on the commands he learned as a puppy, as well as learning the working commands that he’ll put into use if he succeeds in the program and is […]