Nick and Zach, a Perfect Match!

In 2020, Nick Antlitz was matched with Service Dog Zach. Nick is a busy guy! He works at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Washington DC, but has been working from home since March. He plays quad rugby, which is how he heard about Canine Companions. Before Zach, Nick would have to rely on others, […]

Man in wheelchair with black service dog.

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 […]

Dog at birthday party.

Best Wishes, Wes!

From Puppy to Professional Canine Companions puppy Wes has grown from an excitable, adorable puppy into a well-mannered adolescent over the past 19 months with his volunteer puppy raisers Christa and Steve. The time comes for every puppy when they have learned all they can in the care of their loving puppy raising families and […]

Canine Companion puppy Wes

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.

Dom Goes Camping and Zari Progresses in Training

Dom Enjoys the Great Outdoors While the pandemic is limiting public outings and travel, more of us are enjoying the great outdoors, and puppy Dom is no different! Recently, Dom’s puppy raiser took him camping near their home in Sacramento. To prepare for their adventure, they had a pool day with Dom to get him […]

Heartley Welcomes Summer

Four Miles to West City Park With the weather warming up and the rains in the past, summer is blooming in Missouri and so is Heartley. No summer is complete without a trip to the park. But even a simple visit to the park is a prime opportunity for a Canine Companions puppy to review […]

Yellow Canine Companions assistance dog.

Miller Hits the Books!

Canine Companions dog (we can’t call him a puppy anymore), Miller, has almost completed the first three months of professional training. In this time, he’s been building on the commands he learned as a puppy, as well as learning the working commands that he’ll put into use if he succeeds in the program and is […]

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 […]

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 […]