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Happy Holidays From Dom and Zari

Dom Does Christmas  While Dom’s handlers were busy with holiday preparation around their house, Dom was well behaved around the most tempting sights, smells and décor. He learned to leave decorations alone and to not bother the Christmas tree in their home. Even amongst the excitement, Dom maintained his “down” commands and avoided excitable greetings […]

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Nick and Zach, a Perfect Match!

In 2020, Nick Antlitz was matched with Service Dog Zach. Nick is a busy guy! He works at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Washington DC, but has been working from home since March. He plays quad rugby, which is how he heard about Canine Companions. Before Zach, Nick would have to rely on others, […]

Man in wheelchair with black service dog.

Dom Embraces Fall and Zari Settles In

Pup-dates Puppy Dom has had a busy month enjoying fun fall activities and taking his first visit to the hospital his puppy raiser works at, while Service Dog Zari has been loving settling into her new role and her new home. Dom Does DogFest Dom was involved in his local DogFest event in Sacramento. This […]

Canine Companions dogs sitting in an airplane.

Heartley Heads Off to College

Where It All Started It was a short 19 months ago that Canine Companions® puppy Heartley started his journey to become an assistance dog. He was a little bundle of energy, chewing on toys and excitedly exploring his big new world. Today, with the help of his volunteer puppy raisers Cathy and her daughter Kaylee, […]

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Dom Turns One and Zari Makes a Match!

It’s a truly exciting time for both Dom and Zari! Dom turned one and Zari rotated through Team Training and met her perfect match! Dom Continues Training Dom and his puppy raisers have been spending a fair amount of time indoors recently due to poor air quality brought on by wildfires in California. However, training […]

Dog at birthday party.

Best Wishes, Wes!

From Puppy to Professional Canine Companions puppy Wes has grown from an excitable, adorable puppy into a well-mannered adolescent over the past 19 months with his volunteer puppy raisers Christa and Steve. The time comes for every puppy when they have learned all they can in the care of their loving puppy raising families and […]

Canine Companion puppy Wes

My Best Friend, My Black Fluffy

Greta Baier and Skilled Companion Midas Having a skilled companion has been life changing for me. Midas, my skilled companion, is from a wonderful organization called Canine Companions for Independence.  Midas first went to a puppy raiser for 18 months, where he learned basic commands like sit, shake, and speak.  Then, Midas went to Canine […]

Girl in wheelchair with black fluffy dog.

Staying Cool, Having Fun and Keeping Up on Their Skills

Summer Fun As Dom nears his first birthday, he’s had a ton of play dates, some great training, and lots of water play to beat the summer heat Dom and his puppy raisers headed to the river to cool off where Dom saw a lot of people rafting, as well as ducks and geese passing […]

Puppy Zari with leash in her mouth.

National Service Dog Month

September is National Service Dog Month, and it’s an important time to think about what makes a service dog—well, a service dog! Canine Companions puppy Wes and his volunteer puppy raisers Christa and Steve want to shed some light (and fur) on the importance of leaving public places available for task-trained service dogs and when appropriate, for puppies being raised to one day become life-changing […]

Creating Learning Opportunities During the Pandemic

Distractions Are Everywhere Training a Canine Companions® puppy to stay focused amid distractions is one of the most important tasks for puppy raisers. Heartley’s volunteer puppy raiser, Cathy, has worked hard over the months to make sure that Heartley is a pro at staying on task! Distractions are all around us. The garbage truck making […]

Puppy sitting looking at chicks.