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 can, but later this year, Penguin will begin the next step on his journey towards giving someone enhanced independence, professional training. During professional training, Penguin will learn how to pick up dropped items, open and close doors, pull a wheelchair, and turn lights on and off. While all of these tasks sound really impressive (and they are); they have a bigger purpose, to help a person with disabilities live more independently.

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Independence is Diverse

At Canine Companions, independence varies from graduate to graduate. For the deaf/hard of hearing community, independence comes with a hearing dog alerting to important sounds. For a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), our expertly trained assistance dogs can help with nightmare interruption. Each of our graduates is different and paired with a dog that will best fit their needs. We are excited to see what kind of assistance dog Penguin will turn out to be!

Although Independence Day has come and gone, here at Canine Companions, we celebrate independence every day!

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