What kind of dogs does Canine Companions use?
I completed the online application request form, but haven't been contacted. Why?
How long is the wait list?
We do not train guide dogs for the blind, to do seizure or diabetic alert/response, to anticipate or detect medical symptoms, for the primary benefit of emotional comfort or social support, to recognize and/or manage undesireable human behavior, to provide supervision, navigation, or safety from environmental hazards, to respond aggressively, to provide personal protection, to assist with the management of mental illness as a primary condition.
Who is eligible to apply for a Canine Companions dog?
People with physical or developmental disabilities who can demonstrate that an assistance dog will enhance their independence or their quality of life are qualified to apply. Also eligible are professionals working for organizations that provide physical or mental health care to clients who will benefit from interaction with a facility dog.
Canine Companions can only accept a limited number of applications per year. Although many individuals with disabilities are eligible and in need of an assistance dog, Canine Companions will determine and select those individuals where the tasks provided by Canine Companions' highly trained dogs will be of the greatest benefit.
How old do you need to be?
Individuals applying for an assistance dog must be at least 18 years old with an established, stable home life. We find those 25 years of age and up are most suitable for an assistance dog. Children must be at least 5 years old to be considered for a skilled companion.
For more information, see our Facts and FAQ's page.