My Best Friend, My Black Fluffy

Greta Baier and Skilled Companion Midas Having a skilled companion has been life changing for me. Midas, my skilled companion, is from a wonderful organization called Canine Companions for Independence.  Midas first went to a puppy raiser for 18 months, where he learned basic commands like sit, shake, and speak.  Then, Midas went to Canine […]

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Making Every Day Independence Day

  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 […]

Dom Goes Camping and Zari Progresses in Training

Dom Enjoys the Great Outdoors While the pandemic is limiting public outings and travel, more of us are enjoying the great outdoors, and puppy Dom is no different! Recently, Dom’s puppy raiser took him camping near their home in Sacramento. To prepare for their adventure, they had a pool day with Dom to get him […]

Heartley Welcomes Summer

Four Miles to West City Park With the weather warming up and the rains in the past, summer is blooming in Missouri and so is Heartley. No summer is complete without a trip to the park. But even a simple visit to the park is a prime opportunity for a Canine Companions puppy to review […]

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Penguin Celebrates Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a very special day where we get to show our mom’s just how special they are to us. Canine Companions® puppies all have a very special mom that is chosen to bring the next generation of future assistance dogs into the world. At 8 weeks old, Canine Companions puppies leave their dog […]

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Dom Takes On the Tailgate and Zari Learns From the Best

Both Canine Companions puppy Dom and his big sister Zari are becoming even closer to becoming assistance dogs each and every day! Dom takes on his first soccer game Dom is now already five months old, and has been becoming a familiar face in Sacramento. Recently, Dom had a very exciting Saturday! Dom and his […]

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What’s in a Name?

Wes wants YOU to name a puppy! Wes’ name is more than a fleeting fancy. He was named after the founder of our advocacy partner Littler Mendelson. Have you ever wanted to name a Canine Companions puppy? In the spirit of National Puppy Day, we are giving YOU a chance to submit a great puppy […]

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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 […]