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.

Staying Cool, Having Fun and Keeping Up on Their Skills

Summer Fun As Dom nears his first birthday, he’s had a ton of play dates, some great training, and lots of water play to beat the summer heat Dom and his puppy raisers headed to the river to cool off where Dom saw a lot of people rafting, as well as ducks and geese passing […]

Puppy Zari with leash in her mouth.

National Service Dog Month

September is National Service Dog Month, and it’s an important time to think about what makes a service dog—well, a service dog! Canine Companions puppy Wes and his volunteer puppy raisers Christa and Steve want to shed some light (and fur) on the importance of leaving public places available for task-trained service dogs and when appropriate, for puppies being raised to one day become life-changing […]

Creating Learning Opportunities During the Pandemic

Distractions Are Everywhere Training a Canine Companions® puppy to stay focused amid distractions is one of the most important tasks for puppy raisers. Heartley’s volunteer puppy raiser, Cathy, has worked hard over the months to make sure that Heartley is a pro at staying on task! Distractions are all around us. The garbage truck making […]

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 […]

Dom Goes Camping and Zari Progresses in Training

Dom Enjoys the Great Outdoors While the pandemic is limiting public outings and travel, more of us are enjoying the great outdoors, and puppy Dom is no different! Recently, Dom’s puppy raiser took him camping near their home in Sacramento. To prepare for their adventure, they had a pool day with Dom to get him […]

Working Towards an Exciting Future

Professional Training is Right Around the Corner  Canine Companions® puppy Wes is starting professional training to become an assistance dog in just a few months. It’s important to reflect on some of the most important ways that his puppy raisers, Christa and Steve, have prepared him for life as an assistance dog. Much of their […]

Yellow Canine Companions assistance dog laying down on bed.

Heartley Welcomes Summer

Four Miles to West City Park With the weather warming up and the rains in the past, summer is blooming in Missouri and so is Heartley. No summer is complete without a trip to the park. But even a simple visit to the park is a prime opportunity for a Canine Companions puppy to review […]

Yellow Canine Companions assistance dog.

Penguin’s Puppy Pawty

Celebrating Penguin  Many people have found themselves celebrating birthdays during this pandemic. Pandemic birthdays have a fun and outside-of-the-box celebration style making memories that will last a lifetime. Penguin celebrated a milestone birthday during the pandemic, he turned 1! Although it wasn’t the party that we had initially hoped for, it was a fun-filled virtual […]

Canine Companions Dog wearing birthday hat

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 […]

Smiling puppy in pool