Oh the Places Waldo Goes – and Why It’s Important

Where’s Waldo? He’s out and about! While learning new commands is vital for a Canine Companions® puppy’s journey, socialization is equally, if not more, important. Now that Waldo is older, he’s started adventuring with his puppy raiser to get used to all the world has to offer. From the grocery store to fun community events […]

Zari is Learning What it Takes

  When Zari’s puppy raiser, Laura, began volunteering for Canine Companions® 17 years ago, she never thought a member of her own family would be matched with one of our expertly-trained assistance dogs. Three short weeks ago, that’s exactly what happened. Laura’s mother, Sandy, had been invited to our Northwest Training Center to participate in […]

Beach, Babies, Baking and Barking

Puppy Alexis is now six months old and has been learning and experiencing new things every day in sunny San Diego! This month she went in the ocean for the first time and loved playing in the water. She’s also learned that young children share the same interest in toys as she does and has […]

Waldo’s Growing Up!

Canine Companions puppy Waldo just turned five-months-old! He’s learning new commands, visiting new places, and getting bigger every day – even if he hasn’t quite grown into his ears yet. Time seems to be flying by, and each day brings something new. Waldo celebrated his first Fourth of July by sleeping straight through the fireworks and […]

Waldo’s Summertime Fun

As Canine Companions puppy Waldo grows, he continues to learn new commands, go on new outings and experience new things. Waldo is currently working on 15 commands, including sit, stay, wait and shake, which he uses when meeting new people. All these tasks are building a foundation for when he enters professional training in February […]

Where’s Puppy Waldo?

He’s in Texas and on his way to becoming a future assistance dog for a person with a disability! Canine Companions puppy Waldo may only be a few months old, but he’s already made quite the journey. Waldo was born February 5, 2018 in sunny California. At eight weeks old, Waldo traveled to the Lone Star […]

Foley, the “Almost” All-Weather Pup

Have you ever wondered what happens to an assistance dog when the weather turns wet, cold and blustery? Or when temperatures rise and things start getting a bit hot? The simple answer is, they carry on. As part of the training process, Canine Companions® puppies are introduced to various circumstances, including weather. Foley has experienced […]

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 […]

Insights from Our Volunteers Puppy Raisers

While each of our volunteer puppy raisers is unique to the organization, they all share a common goal – to provide the love, dedication, sacrifice and joy it takes to raise a future assistance dog. The messages below express how and why our puppy raisers decided to join our organization and give a large piece […]

Why I Raise: Profile of a Collegiate Puppy Raiser

Our wonderful puppy raisers choose to volunteer and become an essential part of our mission for various reasons. They want to give back. They love puppies. They’re looking for a hobby. They know someone whose life has been impacted by one of our assistance dogs. All great reasons! So, when we asked Elena, a sophomore […]