Puppy Spike is Heading to College!Help support Spike and friends and their futures as Canine Companions® assistance dogs.
Canine Companions puppy Spike was born with an important and bright future ahead of him! He is being raised by volunteer puppy raiser, Jennifer Williams, Executive Producer of "The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino." Jennifer has spent the past year and a half teaching basic commands, introducing Spike to new people, visiting different locations and working towards the goal of becoming a Canine Companions assistance dog for a person with a disability.
In a few short weeks, Spike will be ready to return to Canine Companions for professional training. He will spend the next 6-9 months learning more than 40 specialized commands to assist a person with a disability, including retrieving dropped items, tugging open doors and drawers, pulling a manual wheelchair or turning on a light. Spike could even learn to interrupt nightmares for a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Each dog is a $50,000 investment for Canine Companions. This covers the expert breeding and training for the dogs, as well as a lifetime of follow up services for assistance dog teams. When the time comes and if all goes as planned, Spike will be matched with a person with a disability, entirely FREE of charge.
|Why Jennifer decided to raise a Canine Companions puppy||A look back at Spike's journey|
|Rideshare companies refusing service to service dogs||Dana Perino visits the Northeast Region Training Center|
|Spike meets Kyle Williams of the Buffalo Bills||Tiny Spike and his littermates|
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Check out Spike at @ccicaninepuppy on Instagram. Follow him and his friends as they "sit," "stay" and smile their way into our hearts.