April 2018 eNews

April 11, 2018
A Whole Community

The first time Trevor met a working service dog was in 2011, one year after the accident that caused his spinal injury. “Another client at the spinal cord injury recovery program I was attending had a Canine Companions® service dog,” recalls Trevor. “Once I saw what these dogs were able to do for someone with a disability, I knew I had to apply.”

Trevor attended a two-week Team Training to be matched with his service dog, Dray. Trevor realized how wonderful it was to not only be paired with an expertly-trained service dog, but also to become part of the Canine Companions community. “I had no idea I would get a whole ‘village’ when I was matched with Dray,” Trevor explains. Read Trevor and Dray's story in the spring edition of "The Companion."

Puppy Raising, Inside and Out

A series of unfortunate events and poor decisions led Erin to prison, but puppy raising is what set her free. “To get unconditional love from a dog, and to have kind, nonjudgmental people respect my opinions and listen to my input, made me feel worthy. It made me feel like a person.” Read Erin’s story.

 
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New Training Schedule = More Placements

In the last six years, we’ve increased placements by 60%. This unprecedented pace is fantastic, especially as we maintain a successful placement rate of over 98%, but it also comes with many challenges. Learn how we are piloting a new professional training schedule to tackle these challenges in “The Companion.”

 
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