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Our Dogs

Canine Companions places assistance dogs with children, adults and veterans with disabilities, as well as with professionals working in visitation, healthcare and education settings.

Is a Dog Right for You?

An assistance dog is a great tool for many people with disabilities, but an assistance dog is not right for everyone. Get educated on whether a highly-trained assistance dog could be a good fit for you or someone you know.
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Assistance Dog FAQs

Curious about Canine Companions assistance dogs? Check out our FAQs to learn about the dogs we place, the training process, the tasks they do and the application process.

Science and Technology

At Canine Companions, we take pride in being at the forefront of research in the field of assistance dogs. See what’s new in research and genetics, training and canine health and cognition.

Assistance Dogs for Veterans

Canine Companions recognizes the urgent and growing need for programs that provide support to veterans with disabilities. Many of the brave men and women returning home from combat with disabling injuries experience a litany of new challenges.

Often, they face difficult transitions back to civilian life as well as uncertain futures with new disabilities. Canine Companions assistance dogs can help veterans regain independence, pride and hope. Beyond much-needed physical assistance, the love, loyalty and positivity of a canine partner can make a profound, lasting impact on someone dealing with difficult emotions that are hard to communicate.

"Just having someone with me to help do things that are difficult for me really affects my life positively.” - Charlie with his service dog Devon

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With the increase in military veterans returning with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in 2018 Canine Companions launched a pilot program to directly place service dogs with veterans with PTSD. Currently, eligible participants must live within a 200-mile radius of our regional training centers in Santa Rosa, California, Medford, New York, and Irving, Texas.

Dogs are trained in tasks including anxiety and nightmare interruption, turning on lights, retrieving items, and supporting their handler in crowded public situations that might provoke anxiety for individuals with PTSD. In the future, we hope to expand this new placement type to include first responders with PTSD.

Applicants for the PTSD program must be United States Armed Forces veterans and live within 200 miles of the regional training centers in either Santa Rosa, California or Medford, New York, or anywhere within the state of Texas.