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 […]

Back to School with Laura Numeroff LIVE!

Hi there, it’s Max, the cutest canine star of Raising a Hero by Laura Numeroff. This is my first time being a guest blogger and I can’t stop wagging about it! I hear there are a whole lot of Canine Companions dogs and puppies who are back at school, learning just like me! My friend […]

Puppy Babs and GFWC Moving our Mission Forward

Meet Canine Companions puppy Babs, a sweet 7 month Labrador/Golden Retriever cross being raised by college student Veronica.  Babs has been learning both in and out of the classroom as Veronica teaches her basic obedience and gives her plenty of college life socialization.  Veronica’s college hosts one of our 30 Canine Companions college puppy raising […]