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 […]

Girl in wheelchair with black fluffy dog.

Creating Learning Opportunities During the Pandemic

Distractions Are Everywhere Training a Canine Companions® puppy to stay focused amid distractions is one of the most important tasks for puppy raisers. Heartley’s volunteer puppy raiser, Cathy, has worked hard over the months to make sure that Heartley is a pro at staying on task! Distractions are all around us. The garbage truck making […]

After Training, Zari and Dom Cool Off in the Pool

Summer Time in Sacramento  Now nearly 9 months old, puppy Dom is working hard learning his commands to hopefully one day become an assistance dog for someone with a disability. But it’s not all work – Dom gets to have a lot of fun too! The Sacramento heat makes it the perfect place to introduce […]

Smiling puppy in pool

Creatures of Habit

New Habits  We all have our routines, whether it’s showering in the morning, enjoying a cup of coffee in the same chair, or taking the same route to work every day, we often find ourselves do the exact same thing at the exact same time. Dogs are creatures of habit as well – best shown by […]

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 […]

Bogo next to bag of dog food