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 […]

Making the Most of the Holidays With an Assistance Dog

During the holiday season, even the best-laid plans can devolve into an improv routine. For assistance dog users, that routine can get a whole lot hairier — pun intended. Take a look at these tips help the season be about friends and family rather than focusing on the added stresses of traveling with a disability […]

School Days for Foley

As the rest of us settle back into the school routine, Foley continues to learn more and more as the days go by. Now, Foley goes to school with the “big” kids. He’s no longer in the younger puppy class but has moved on to be an upperclassman. Foley loves puppy class because he gets to […]

Same Commands, New Places

One of the greatest joys of raising a puppy for Canine Companions is having the opportunity to witness the growth and development of a dog with an important destiny. At 8 weeks old, puppy Miller was just a little pup in a big world, trying to figure out how everything works. Now, almost a year […]

Able is Loving Life

Learning, growing and loving life is Able’s motto. Since arriving at the home of his volunteer puppy raiser, Jane, Able has been experiencing a world of exciting firsts: his first puppy class, first day at work with Jane, his first trip to the lake and first play date with his new best friend, Canine Companions puppy […]

Work Hard, Play Hard

If you have been following Kinkeade’s journey, you know he has been hard at work in professional training at the Kinkeade Campus. Over the last several months he has learned new commands, perfected the commands that his puppy raiser taught him and even ventured out on field trips. In his last blog, Kinkeade had just learned […]

Kinkeade’s Puppy Days

Although Kinkeade is all grown up now and working hard in professional training, we can’t forget about those adorable puppy days. A lot of hard work and a lot of fun went into puppy Kinkeade before his move to the Kinkeade Campus. Kinkeade was raised by Jennifer, her husband Scott and their sons, Austin and Mason […]