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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Year, New Commands and New Adventures

Canine Companions puppy Able is having a great year. Already, a few months in to the year and Able is still sticking to his New Year’s resolution. He’s working hard to become a Canine Companions assistance dog. There is still a lot to learn, but every day he learns more of the skills he will need to successfully become […]

Following the Leader

What better way to learn the ropes of being a Canine Companions assistance dog then by spending time with one. Canine Companions puppy Able has a built-in tutor, as his volunteer puppy raiser’s son has a Canine Companions service dog. Canine Companions Service Dog Kary is leading by example and showing Able what it takes […]

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 […]

Kinkeade Graduates!

After two years of hard work and a lot of love, Canine Companions dog Kinkeade has found his match! On Friday, November 3, Kinkeade graduated as a skilled companion dog with Jordan and his mother, Dolly. Jordan is 16 years old and was diagnosed with autism at age two. Throughout his life, Jordan has struggled with […]

A Day in the Life

Over the past five months, Canine Companions dog Kinkeade has settled into a routine at our Kinkeade Campus to complete his professional training to become an assistance dog. We thought we’d give you a peak into what his days look like. He’s certainly a busy and happy pup! Each morning, Kinkeade and his fellow professional training dogs […]