Dom and Zari Are Making the Grade

Back To School for Dom It’s an exciting time! Finally, puppy Dom is back in school with one of his volunteer puppy raisers, Emma, where he is adored by her teachers and classmates. The experience has been great for him because he can’t be touched by anyone except Emma. He is learning to remain calm, relax in a “sit” or “down” and not to solicit attention with those big brown eyes. Along with the rest […]

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Farewell Penguin!

It seems like just yesterday that Penguin arrived in Pittsburgh, ready to begin his journey and join the Pittsburg Today Live family. Now, Penguin’s puppy journey has come to an end, and he has begun the next chapter in his journey of becoming a Canine Companions service dog… professional training. Over the past year and a half, the […]

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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.

Happy Holidays From Dom and Zari

Dom Does Christmas  While Dom’s handlers were busy with holiday preparation around their house, Dom was well behaved around the most tempting sights, smells and décor. He learned to leave decorations alone and to not bother the Christmas tree in their home. Even amongst the excitement, Dom maintained his “down” commands and avoided excitable greetings […]

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Dom Embraces Fall and Zari Settles In

Pup-dates Puppy Dom has had a busy month enjoying fun fall activities and taking his first visit to the hospital his puppy raiser works at, while Service Dog Zari has been loving settling into her new role and her new home. Dom Does DogFest Dom was involved in his local DogFest event in Sacramento. This […]

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Dom Turns One and Zari Makes a Match!

It’s a truly exciting time for both Dom and Zari! Dom turned one and Zari rotated through Team Training and met her perfect match! Dom Continues Training Dom and his puppy raisers have been spending a fair amount of time indoors recently due to poor air quality brought on by wildfires in California. However, training […]

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Best Wishes, Wes!

From Puppy to Professional Canine Companions puppy Wes has grown from an excitable, adorable puppy into a well-mannered adolescent over the past 19 months with his volunteer puppy raisers Christa and Steve. The time comes for every puppy when they have learned all they can in the care of their loving puppy raising families and […]

Canine Companion puppy Wes

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 […]

Puppy sitting looking at chicks.