Bolt Takes on the Puppy Bowl

Canine Companions® puppy Bolt has had a busy start to 2021! He was featured on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, which aired before the Super Bowl on February 7. We were so excited to gain awareness for our mission from the feature on Bolt’s journey to becoming a service dog!  Bolt also recently visited Yosemite National Park in […]

Yellow dog on rock.

Wes is on the job!

Canine Companions®, dog Wes has been in professional training for a few months, and boy is he making progress! After polishing the commands he already learned from his puppy raisers Christa and Steve, Wes moved on to learn commands to become a working service dog – such as retrieving items, pushing buttons to open doors […]

Yellow Canine Companions service dog on bench.

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.

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.

Making Every Day Independence Day

  Born With a Purpose Every Canine Companions puppy is born with a very special purpose, to be an assistance dog. From day one, each puppy starts learning valuable skills and commands they will use when they meet their perfect match. A Bright Future Ahead Penguin is still with his volunteer puppy raisers learning all he […]

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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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 […]

Insights from Our Volunteers Puppy Raisers

While each of our volunteer puppy raisers is unique to the organization, they all share a common goal – to provide the love, dedication, sacrifice and joy it takes to raise a future assistance dog. The messages below express how and why our puppy raisers decided to join our organization and give a large piece […]

Why I Raise: Profile of a Collegiate Puppy Raiser

Our wonderful puppy raisers choose to volunteer and become an essential part of our mission for various reasons. They want to give back. They love puppies. They’re looking for a hobby. They know someone whose life has been impacted by one of our assistance dogs. All great reasons! So, when we asked Elena, a sophomore […]