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 […]

When Disaster Strikes

Everybody knows that natural disasters can strike at any time. However, nobody would have predicted that in the last four months of 2017, natural disasters would threaten three out of six of Canine Companions for Independence’s training centers. September brought Hurricane Irma, whose high winds and rains caused downed trees and loss of power at the Southeast […]

Puppy Miller Meets Mr. Miller

What’s in a name? For puppy Miller, not only was he given his name because he was part of the “M” litter, but he was also named after an important figure in the Canine Companions community. Our Northeast Training Center, The Miller Family Campus, named for John Miller, who serves as our board chair, has […]

Ordinary Family. Extraordinary Puppy.

A letter from a puppy raiser – A couple of years ago, my family and I were at Baylor football game, one of the things we like to do each fall. At halftime, Canine Companions for Independence made a presentation which included several pairs of Canine Companions graduates with their human partners. It also featured Judge […]