Lights, Camera, Buckeye!

Every puppy has a different personality, and Buckeye’s is definitely camera ready. From the time he arrived in Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye was ready to tackle the world. At 15-weeks-old he has never met a stranger he didn’t like or something he won’t try. Every Friday, Buckeye helps share the local news and sometimes even the […]

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 […]

Puppy Alexis is Learning the Ropes

Canine Companions® puppy Alexis is growing up and has been introduced to about 15 commands including sit, stay, let’s go, shake, drop and dress. Alexis will learn another 15 commands or so before she enters professional training in February 2020. When the time comes and Alexis enters the next phase of her training, the professional […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saying Goodbye To Miller

As April comes to an end, puppy Miller is getting ready to say goodbye to his puppy raiser, Saxon. “Hello” and “goodbye” are often the hardest part of puppy raising but both come with great excitement that makes it worth it. As an eight-week-old puppy they come into your life needing all the direction you can give […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bigger and Wiser – Puppy Miller is Growing Up

Canine Companions puppy Miller goes just about everywhere with his volunteer puppy raisers. They take the subway to work, attend sporting events, walk to the market, enjoy the park and much more! Not only are these adventures fun, but they also provide great socialization opportunities for Miller. There’s so much for a pup to experience […]

Following the Leader

What better way to learn the ropes of being a Canine Companions assistance dog then by spending time with one. Canine Companions puppy Able has a built-in tutor, as his volunteer puppy raiser’s son has a Canine Companions service dog. Canine Companions Service Dog Kary is leading by example and showing Able what it takes […]