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 […]

When Disaster Strikes

Everybody knows that natural disasters can strike at any time. However, nobody would have predicted that in the last four months of 2017, natural disasters would threaten three out of six of Canine Companions for Independence’s training centers. September brought Hurricane Irma, whose high winds and rains caused downed trees and loss of power at the Southeast […]

Making the Most of the Holidays With an Assistance Dog

During the holiday season, even the best-laid plans can devolve into an improv routine. For assistance dog users, that routine can get a whole lot hairier — pun intended. Take a look at these tips help the season be about friends and family rather than focusing on the added stresses of traveling with a disability […]

Ordinary Family. Extraordinary Puppy.

A letter from a puppy raiser – A couple of years ago, my family and I were at Baylor football game, one of the things we like to do each fall. At halftime, Canine Companions for Independence made a presentation which included several pairs of Canine Companions graduates with their human partners. It also featured Judge […]

Assistance Dog Etiquette and International Assistance Dog Week

International Assistance Dog Week is August 6-12 So often, when we see assistance dogs with their partners, we’re immediately drawn to admire them and even pet them. You meet them in the store, at the park or around the neighborhood. It’s hard to resist not giving an ear scratch to these adorable, well-behaved dogs. But […]

A Mother’s Day Message from Alex

In August of 2000, after the application, interviews, waiting list and much anticipation, my mom and I loaded our stuff into a van and set out for Team Training at Canine Companions for Independence. At the end of the two-week training, I graduated with my first assistance dog, Keno. To my parents, Skilled Companion Keno […]

Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays are quickly approaching and as you sip cocoa, warming your toes by the fireplace, planning all the parties and fun events, you might be thinking, “What about the dog?” Have no fear, Canine Companions is here with your quick holiday survival guide. Here are some helpful holiday tips: 1. Use the crate. If […]

A Long Line of Service

“I knew I wanted an assistance dog,” explains Jeanette, a four-time graduate of Canine Companions for Independence. “I watched as my sister and brother deteriorated and passed away. As I lost the ability to do many things, I could anticipate what tasks an assistance dog could help me with to stay independent for as long […]

Puppy Love

Jennifer loves puppies. Who doesn’t? But Jennifer has put her love of puppies to use: helping change lives as a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions. “I get a new puppy every 18 months. I experience all the joys of them being young,” explains Jennifer. “They are so cute when they are puppies! Maybe it […]