Canine Companions is pleased to introduce puppy Merial! This adorable Labrador, Golden Retriever cross was born on September 17, 2015, along with her five brothers and four sisters. As a growing 7-month-old puppy, Merial will have many adventures and training opportunities.


The first few of months were a time for adjusting to her volunteer puppy raiser’s home and routine as well as working on basic commands: learning her name, Sit, Shake, Down and practicing wearing her gentle leader. Mastering these commands will lay a great foundation for when Merial is ready to move on to more advanced commands.


Socialization is also a key part of Merial’s early training. This includes meeting new friends, traveling to different locations and experiencing new sights and sounds. The early socialization will help her with professional training and her work towards becoming an assistance dog.

As a Canine Companions assistance dog, Merial will be matched with an adult, child or veteran with a disability. Our dogs are trained to help with all sorts of tasks: picking up keys, turning on light switches, opening doors and much, much more!

Merial is named for Merial Inc., a Canine Companions corporate sponsor.


We’d love to have you follow along with Merial as she works and trains and plays her way to becoming a life-changing assistance dog.

Learn more about Canine Companions for Independence

Learn more about becoming a volunteer puppy raiser


About Merial, Inc.
Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health and well-being of a wide range of animals. Merial employs 6,600 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide with over €2 billion of sales in 2014. Merial has three main business areas: pets, farm animals, and veterinary public health. Our pharmaceuticals and vaccines focus on disease prevention and overall health and wellness in animals, and target more than 200 diseases and conditions across a variety of species.

Merial is a Sanofi company. For more information, please see

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