Northwest Region Graduations

Canine Companions graduation ceremonies represent the culmination of hard work, love and dedication of many people, including breeder caretakers, puppy raisers, instructors, volunteers, staff members and graduates.

Canine Companions is taking precautions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) to limit its effect on our community. We are taking additional steps to protect our team members, volunteers and clients and have made the decision to cancel all April and May graduation ceremonies. We understand that this decision may be disappointing, but we know it is in the best interest of all. While the ceremonies won’t take place, we will be working directly with students to try and deliver some parts of the curriculum through distance learning to the best of our ability.
These measures are being taken in an abundance of caution and in accordance with the guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as we have no known contact with the virus at this time. We are grateful to our generous community and appreciate all continued efforts to fulfill our mission of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by providing expertly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support completely free of charge.
We know this is an unprecedented time and our thoughts are with those who have been impacted. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Graduations are held 16 times annually in the Northwest Region. Join the graduates and their Canine Companions assistance dogs as they team up and embark on their new lives with increased independence. Graduation ceremonies are free and open to the public*. No reservations are required.
Only Canine Companions assistance dogs and puppies 4 months of age and older allowed at graduations.

*Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD ceremonies are not open to the public.

Watch Northwest Region Graduation Ceremonies Live!

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Northwest Region Graduation Ceremonies


Friday, July 24 - 2:00pm - Skilled Companion and Facility Dog Teams Graduation
Jean and Charles Schulz Campus, 2965 Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Friday, August 14 - 1:45pm - Service Dog Teams Graduation and Puppy Matriculation Ceremony
Spring Hills Church, 3700 Fulton Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Thursday, September 3 - 2:00pm - Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD Teams Graduation
Ceremony available via livestream.

Friday, September 4 - 2:00pm - Hearing Dog Teams Graduation
Jean and Charles Schulz Campus, 2965 Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Friday, October 9 - 2:00pm - Skilled Companion and Facility Dog Teams Graduation
Jean and Charles Schulz Campus, 2965 Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Friday, November 6 - 1:45pm - Service Dog Teams Graduation and Puppy Matriculation Ceremony
Spring Hills Church, 3700 Fulton Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Thursday, November 19 - 2:00pm - Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD Teams Graduation
Ceremony available via livestream.

Friday, November 20 - 2:00pm - Hearing Dog Teams Graduation
Jean and Charles Schulz Campus, 2965 Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Northwest Training Center

Canine Companions for Independence
Jean and Charles Schulz Campus
2965 Dutton Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
(707) 577-1700 Voice
(707) 577-1712 Fax
(800) 572-BARK (2275) Toll-free

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