Canine Companions assistance dogs learn 40 commands that truly help a person with a disability maximize their independence.
The tasks each Canine Companions assistance dog learns can be life-changing. From retrieving dropped house keys, opening a door, pulling a manual wheelchair or alerting to a fire alarm, Canine Companions assistance dogs help make daily physical tasks possible and open doors to new opportunities.
Grab an item while walking backwards to pull it
Turn a light on with nose or off with paw
Lead the handler to the source of a sound
Retrieve an item and hold it until commanded
Hold and carry an item in the mouth until commanded
Put two front feet up to deliver an item
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Canine Companions For Independence is the most highly acclaimed and accredited assistance dog organization in the United States.
Our unique and proven team training sets us apart by ensuring the match between dog and human is powerful and lasting.
of hearing dog recipients report increased feeling of safety or peace of mind.
of facility dogs recipients report increased willingness in clients to participate in activities.
of skilled companion recipients report increased well-being.
We are grateful for the committed partners working with us to Give the Gift of Independence and Give a Dog a Job.
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