New Year, New Commands and New Adventures

Canine Companions puppy Able is having a great year. Already, a few months in to the year and Able is still sticking to his New Year’s resolution. He’s working hard to become a Canine Companions assistance dog. There is still a lot to learn, but every day he learns more of the skills he will need to successfully become […]

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 […]

Why I Raise: Profile of a Collegiate Puppy Raiser

Our wonderful puppy raisers choose to volunteer and become an essential part of our mission for various reasons. They want to give back. They love puppies. They’re looking for a hobby. They know someone whose life has been impacted by one of our assistance dogs. All great reasons! So, when we asked Elena, a sophomore […]

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 […]

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 […]

Puppy Miller Meets Mr. Miller

What’s in a name? For puppy Miller, not only was he given his name because he was part of the “M” litter, but he was also named after an important figure in the Canine Companions community. Our Northeast Training Center, The Miller Family Campus, named for John Miller, who serves as our board chair, has […]

Kinkeade Graduates!

After two years of hard work and a lot of love, Canine Companions dog Kinkeade has found his match! On Friday, November 3, Kinkeade graduated as a skilled companion dog with Jordan and his mother, Dolly. Jordan is 16 years old and was diagnosed with autism at age two. Throughout his life, Jordan has struggled with […]

Kinkeade Starts Training

Canine Companions dog and South Central Region namesake, Kinkeade, has been a busy guy at the Baylor Scott & White Health Kinkeade Campus these last couple of months. From getting settled in, to beginning his training, there has been lots of hard work and lots of fun. During the first few weeks of professional training […]

Merial Heads to Professional Training

The spring welcomed a new chapter on the journey of one of many special Canine Companions puppies. In front of a crowd of a thousand well-wishers, puppy Merial walked across the SeaWorld stage next to puppy raiser Cecilia to matriculate into professional training at the Southeast Regional Training Center of Canine Companions. For the past […]