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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 […]

Waldo’s Growing Up!

Canine Companions puppy Waldo just turned five-months-old! He’s learning new commands, visiting new places, and getting bigger every day – even if he hasn’t quite grown into his ears yet. Time seems to be flying by, and each day brings something new. Waldo celebrated his first Fourth of July by sleeping straight through the fireworks and […]

Summer Safety Tips – Heat Stroke

On warm or hot days, it is important to take extra precautions to prevent your dog from overheating.  Dogs only have a few sweat glands in their foot pads, so they rely on panting to cool down.  Older dogs, overweight dogs and puppies are the most vulnerable; but even young, otherwise healthy dogs can succumb […]

Meet Puppy Zari

At just 9 fluffy weeks old, Canine Companions puppy Zari is well on her way to becoming an assistance dog for someone with a disability. She and her eight siblings were born in Sacramento, California in the home of a Canine Companions volunteer. Zari will be raised in the home where she was born, alongside […]

Introducing Puppy Alexis

Canine Companions® puppy Alexis has a special future planned! She’s on the path to become an assistance dog for someone with a disability. Alexis is named after actor David Arquette’s sister. David and his wife Christina support Canine Companions’ mission. Alexis is being raised in Southern California where she and her puppy raiser are having fun experiencing […]