Canine Companions
Canine Companions for Independence

Program Description

Canine Companions Statement:

Canine Companions breeds Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers and crosses of the two to become assistance dogs.

We train our dogs to cultivate their abilities and we place our dogs in teams that will utilize their training and celebrate their spirits. Canine Companions dogs are trained to perform a variety of tasks. However, Canine Compainons does not train or place dogs for the following; to do guide work for the blind, to do seizure or diabetic alert/response, to anticipate or detect medical symptoms, for the primary benefit of emotional comfort or social support, to recognize and/or manage undesirable human behavior, to provide supervision, navigation, or safety from environmental hazards, to respond aggressively, to provide personal protection, to assist with the management of mental illness as a primary condition.


  • Canine Companions trains four types of assistance dogs:
  • Service Teams - assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks.
  • Hearing Teams - alert the deaf and hard of hearing to important sounds.
  • Skilled Companion Teams - enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities.
  • Facility Teams - work with a professional in a visitation, education or healthcare setting.


  • People with physical or developmental disabilities who can demonstrate that a Canine Companions assistance dog will enhance their independence or their quality of life are qualified to apply. Also eligible are professionals working for organizations that provide physical or mental health care to clients who will benefit from interaction with a facility dog.

How To Apply

Contact Info

Canine Companions

P.O. Box 446
Santa Rosa, CA 95402-0446