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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Safe Summer Fun with Wes

Summertime with Wes Summertime is a great time for fun, time for chilling out, barbeques and swimming pools, and Labradors and Goldens love water, right? Well, many do, but Canine Companions puppy Wes didn’t take to water quite as readily. Puppy raisers Christa and Steve don’t mind – swimming was another great training opportunity! In […]

Enjoying the Outdoors While Social Distancing

Heartley Learns to Adapt to Changing Circumstances Canine Companions® puppy Heartley and his volunteer puppy raiser, Cathy, are making the most of the warm May weather in between midwest rain storms. While the weather is warming up,  Heartley is growing and learning to adapt to the constant changing circumstances that we all face every day. […]

Penguin Celebrates Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a very special day where we get to show our mom’s just how special they are to us. Canine Companions® puppies all have a very special mom that is chosen to bring the next generation of future assistance dogs into the world. At 8 weeks old, Canine Companions puppies leave their dog […]

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