Dom Turns One and Zari Makes a Match!

It’s a truly exciting time for both Dom and Zari! Dom turned one and Zari rotated through Team Training and met her perfect match! Dom Continues Training Dom and his puppy raisers have been spending a fair amount of time indoors recently due to poor air quality brought on by wildfires in California. However, training […]

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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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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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Puppy Merial Goes Adventuring

Canine Companions Puppy Merial has been very busy the last couple of months! She’s visited the local vet clinic, shops, attended presentations and even a summer camp that serves kids with disabilities. But that’s not all, she was able to march in the 4th of July parade to share our mission with her community and […]

Meet Puppy Merial!

Canine Companions is pleased to introduce puppy Merial! This adorable Labrador, Golden Retriever cross was born on September 17, 2015, along with her five brothers and four sisters. As a growing 7-month-old puppy, Merial will have many adventures and training opportunities. The first few of months were a time for adjusting to her volunteer puppy raiser’s […]

2013 Hero Dog Award Nominee, Leland

Yellow Labrador-Golden Retriever cross Leland can open doors, retrieve the phone and pick up dropped items. No, he’s not your typical pet. Leland is a highly trained assistance dog from Canine Companions for Independence®. And he’s changed Linda Uriadko’s life in countless ways. “This year I became a snow bird and spent my winter in […]