Bolt Takes on the Puppy Bowl

Canine Companions® puppy Bolt has had a busy start to 2021! He was featured on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, which aired before the Super Bowl on February 7. We were so excited to gain awareness for our mission from the feature on Bolt’s journey to becoming a service dog!  Bolt also recently visited Yosemite National Park in […]

Yellow dog on rock.

Farewell Penguin!

It seems like just yesterday that Penguin arrived in Pittsburgh, ready to begin his journey and join the Pittsburg Today Live family. Now, Penguin’s puppy journey has come to an end, and he has begun the next chapter in his journey of becoming a Canine Companions service dog… professional training. Over the past year and a half, the […]

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Wes is on the job!

Canine Companions®, dog Wes has been in professional training for a few months, and boy is he making progress! After polishing the commands he already learned from his puppy raisers Christa and Steve, Wes moved on to learn commands to become a working service dog – such as retrieving items, pushing buttons to open doors […]

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National Service Dog Month

September is National Service Dog Month, and it’s an important time to think about what makes a service dog—well, a service dog! Canine Companions puppy Wes and his volunteer puppy raisers Christa and Steve want to shed some light (and fur) on the importance of leaving public places available for task-trained service dogs and when appropriate, for puppies being raised to one day become life-changing […]

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 […]

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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.

Penguin’s Puppy Pawty

Celebrating Penguin  Many people have found themselves celebrating birthdays during this pandemic. Pandemic birthdays have a fun and outside-of-the-box celebration style making memories that will last a lifetime. Penguin celebrated a milestone birthday during the pandemic, he turned 1! Although it wasn’t the party that we had initially hoped for, it was a fun-filled virtual […]

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Zari and Dom Work From Home

While the coronavirus pandemic is requiring much of the country to stay mostly indoors, Zari and Dom have settled in nicely to their new routines. Zari Settles In and Makes New Friends When Canine Companions closed their Jean and Charles Schulz Campus, Zari and the other dogs in professional training went into foster homes with […]

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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 […]

Volunteers Going Beyond “Above and Beyond”

Every Volunteer Has an Impact It takes a big heart and a lot of compassion to volunteer for Canine Companions for Independence. Many volunteers say it’s akin to joining a giant family – a sentiment shared by the clients who receive a Canine Companions® assistance dog. In times of crisis, the Canine Companions family has become stronger together, […]

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