Service Dogs

Our Dogs

Canine Companions places service dogs with children, adults and veterans with disabilities, as well as with professionals working in visitation, healthcare and education settings.

Is a Dog Right for You?

A service dog is a great tool for many people with disabilities. Get educated on whether a highly trained service dog could be a good fit for you or someone you know.

Service Dog FAQs

Curious about Canine Companions service dogs? Check out our FAQs to learn about the dogs we place, the training process, the tasks they do and the application process.

Science & Technology

At Canine Companions, we take pride in being at the forefront of research in the field of service dogs. See what’s new in research and genetics, training and canine health and cognition.

Gabe Martinez with his Canine Companions Service Dog Wonka

Service Dogs for Veterans

Canine Companions recognizes the urgent and growing need for programs that provide support to veterans with disabilities. Many of the brave men and women returning home from combat with disabling injuries experience a litany of new challenges. Often, they face difficult transitions back to civilian life as well as uncertain futures with new disabilities.

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.

To support veterans with PTSD, dogs are trained in tasks including anxiety and nightmare interruption, turning on lights, retrieving items, and supporting their handler in crowded public situations that might provoke anxiety for individuals with PTSD.

“She’s the best thing that ever happened to me. Violet is amazing and so well-trained.”- Victor and Service Dog Violet

Click here to learn more about the Veterans Initiative >>