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Canine Companions | Leading Life with Greater Independence

Canine Companions is leading the service dog industry so their clients and their dogs can live with greater independence. They provide service dogs to adults, children, and veterans with disabilities and facility dogs to professionals working in healthcare, criminal justice, and educational settings. Since their founding in 1975, their dogs and all follow-up services have been provided at no cost to their clients.  

Independence shouldn’t be limited to those who look or live a certain way. Disability reaches all races, classes, and backgrounds, and Canine Companions will too. Clients come to Canine Companions because of their reputation, the quality of their dogs, the experience of their training staff, and the desire to lead a life with greater independence. They are committed to providing services to all qualified clients. 

Learn More About Canine Companions’ Dogs

Service Dogs
Canine Companions service dogs are partnered with adults and children with disabilities to assist with daily tasks and increase independence by reducing reliance on other people.

Facility Dogs
Canine Companions facility dogs are trustworthy in professional environments and can perform over 40 commands designed to motivate and inspire clients with special needs.

Service Dogs for Veterans
Canine Companions service 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.

Therapy Dogs
A therapy dog is a pet that accompanies their owner into specific settings for the benefit of the residents or clients in the setting and/or as part of a therapeutic intervention. 

Who They Serve

  • Adults with physical or auditory disabilities. 
  • Children with physical or cognitive disabilities aged five or older or adults with physical or cognitive disabilities who require the assistance of a facilitator such as a parent, caregiver, or spouse. 
  • Veterans with a physical or auditory disability or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 
  • Professionals working in a health care, visitation, criminal justice, or education setting. 

Canine Companions is committed to serving all consumers with disabilities. They are strongly committed to ensuring that any individual who can benefit logistically or by improved quality of life from their services is reached as part of their mission. They are focused on managing the intersectionality of all communities they do and can serve with their mission – leaving no one out who can benefit from their services or membership in their community.

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