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After Training, Zari and Dom Cool Off in the Pool

Summer Time in Sacramento  Now nearly 9 months old, puppy Dom is working hard learning his commands to hopefully one day become an assistance dog for someone with a disability. But it’s not all work – Dom gets to have a lot of fun too! The Sacramento heat makes it the perfect place to introduce […]

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Safe Summer Fun with Wes

Summertime with Wes Summertime is a great time for fun, time for chilling out, barbeques and swimming pools, and Labradors and Goldens love water, right? Well, many do, but Canine Companions puppy Wes didn’t take to water quite as readily. Puppy raisers Christa and Steve don’t mind – swimming was another great training opportunity! In […]

Enjoying the Outdoors While Social Distancing

Heartley Learns to Adapt to Changing Circumstances Canine Companions® puppy Heartley and his volunteer puppy raiser, Cathy, are making the most of the warm May weather in between midwest rain storms. While the weather is warming up,  Heartley is growing and learning to adapt to the constant changing circumstances that we all face every day. […]

Penguin Celebrates Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a very special day where we get to show our mom’s just how special they are to us. Canine Companions® puppies all have a very special mom that is chosen to bring the next generation of future assistance dogs into the world. At 8 weeks old, Canine Companions puppies leave their dog […]

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Zari and Dom Work From Home

While the coronavirus pandemic is requiring much of the country to stay mostly indoors, Zari and Dom have settled in nicely to their new routines. Zari Settles In and Makes New Friends When Canine Companions closed their Jean and Charles Schulz Campus, Zari and the other dogs in professional training went into foster homes with […]

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Creatures of Habit

New Habits  We all have our routines, whether it’s showering in the morning, enjoying a cup of coffee in the same chair, or taking the same route to work every day, we often find ourselves do the exact same thing at the exact same time. Dogs are creatures of habit as well – best shown by […]

Volunteers Going Beyond “Above and Beyond”

Every Volunteer Has an Impact It takes a big heart and a lot of compassion to volunteer for Canine Companions for Independence. Many volunteers say it’s akin to joining a giant family – a sentiment shared by the clients who receive a Canine Companions® assistance dog. In times of crisis, the Canine Companions family has become stronger together, […]

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Puppy Penguin Celebrates National Puppy Day

March 23 is National Puppy Day. Here at Canine Companions® we love this day, not only does it give us the opportunity to celebrate our adorable future assistance dogs, but also the volunteers who raise them. Jill’s favorite puppy raising memory Puppy raising is an incredible journey full of highs, lows and everything in between. […]

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Dom Takes On the Tailgate and Zari Learns From the Best

Both Canine Companions puppy Dom and his big sister Zari are becoming even closer to becoming assistance dogs each and every day! Dom takes on his first soccer game Dom is now already five months old, and has been becoming a familiar face in Sacramento. Recently, Dom had a very exciting Saturday! Dom and his […]

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