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 […]

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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Heartley Then & Now

As we near Heartley’s first birthday, we get to reflect on his growth over the past year and all his accomplishments! Heartley arrived in St. Louis, Missouri on May 31, 2019 as a tiny 10 pound bundle of fluff. His volunteer puppy raiser, Cathy, remembers her first impression of Heartley, “He was sweet, calm, peaceful […]

How Bogo Stays Healthy

If there is one thing every volunteer puppy raiser has in common, it’s the desire to ensure a long and happy life for the puppy they are raising. As Bogo prepares for matriculation in May, his puppy raiser is focusing on ways to keep him healthy so he is ready for professional training! The right […]

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Beach, Babies, Baking and Barking

Puppy Alexis is now six months old and has been learning and experiencing new things every day in sunny San Diego! This month she went in the ocean for the first time and loved playing in the water. She’s also learned that young children share the same interest in toys as she does and has […]

Assistance Dog Etiquette and International Assistance Dog Week

International Assistance Dog Week is August 6-12 So often, when we see assistance dogs with their partners, we’re immediately drawn to admire them and even pet them. You meet them in the store, at the park or around the neighborhood. It’s hard to resist not giving an ear scratch to these adorable, well-behaved dogs. But […]

Double the Love

The only thing better than having one Canine Companions puppy raiser is having two: twice the attention, twice the toys and twice the love. Although sadly for Miller, it doesn’t mean twice the kibble. Miller’s puppy raisers Laura and Saxon have both raised puppies before. (Saxon was the primary puppy raiser for puppy Wrangler, brought […]

Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays are quickly approaching and as you sip cocoa, warming your toes by the fireplace, planning all the parties and fun events, you might be thinking, “What about the dog?” Have no fear, Canine Companions is here with your quick holiday survival guide. Here are some helpful holiday tips: 1. Use the crate. If […]

A Long Line of Service

“I knew I wanted an assistance dog,” explains Jeanette, a four-time graduate of Canine Companions for Independence. “I watched as my sister and brother deteriorated and passed away. As I lost the ability to do many things, I could anticipate what tasks an assistance dog could help me with to stay independent for as long […]

Puppy Poncho, All Grown Up

Poncho, named by PetSmart, isn’t so little anymore! Poncho turned 1 year old on September 30, and he’s growing into a remarkable, well-socialized Canine Companions dog. At 13 months of age, Poncho is busy working on some extremely important commands that will help teach advanced commands once Poncho enters professional training at Canine Companions Southwest […]