Canine Companions®

Canine Companions is a national nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing expertly trained service dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships free of charge. Our dogs and all follow-up services are provided at no cost to our clients. Clients come to Canine Companions because of our reputation, the quality of our dogs, the experience of our training staff and the desire to lead life with greater independence. We are committed to providing services to all qualified clients. The Canine Companions Veterans Initiative™: Service dogs can assist veterans with a variety of physical, auditory and trauma-related disabilities. Canine Companions’ expertly trained service dogs can perform physical tasks to enhance independence including retrieving dropped items, opening doors, picking up prosthetics and alerting a veteran with hearing loss to important sounds in their environment.  With the increase in military veterans returning with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Canine Companions launched a program in 2018 to directly place service dogs with 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. Apply for a service dog at canine.org/apply.
VA Disability Rating Requirement: 
No Disability Requirement
Discharges Allowed: 
No Minimum Discharge