Canine Companions for Independence Service Dogs are partnered with adults
with physical disabilities to assist with daily tasks and increase independence
by reducing reliance on other people.
A CCI Service Dog not only assists with physical tasks, but also provides
social support. During a two-week training session, participants learn how to
effectively handle an assistance dog to maximize use of the 40 commands. A
Service Dog can pull their partner in a manual wheelchair, push buttons for
elevators or automatic doors, and even assist with business transactions by
transferring money, receipts, and packages.
Disabilities served include, but are not limited to, spinal cord injury,
multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, arthritis and cerebral palsy.
Canine Companions for Independence Hearing Dogs are specially bred Labrador
and Golden Retrievers who alert partners to key sounds by making physical
contact such as nudging the leg or arm. Among the many sounds Hearing Dogs are
trained to recognize and respond to are the sound of a doorbell, alarm clock,
someone calling a name or a smoke alarm.
Partnering with a CCI Hearing Dog can increase feelings of security and
self-confidence by heightening awareness of environmental sounds.
After being placed in the home, the graduates “customize” the dog’s alerting
pattern to their own particular environment and needs. Examples include:
alerting to incoming e-mail messages at work, timers on microwaves, dryers and
other appliances, and dropping keys.
Facility Dogs are expertly trained dogs who partner with a facilitator
working in a health care, visitation or education setting.
CCI Facility Dogs are trustworthy in professional environments and can perform
over 40 commands designed to motivate and inspire clients with special needs.
In an educational setting, a Facility Dog helps engage
students in schools and special education classes.
In a health care environment, activities such as grooming, feeding and playing
fetch with a Facility Dog can aid patients in medical rehabilitation and
A well-mannered and highly trained Facility Dog encourages feelings of calm and
security for clients in a visitation setting such as a courtroom.
SKILLED COMPANION DOGS
Skilled Companion Dogs are trained to work with an adult or child with a
disability under the guidance of a facilitator. A facilitator is typically a
parent, spouse or caregiver who handles and cares for the assistance dog,
encourages a strong bond between the recipient and the Skilled Companion Dog,
and is responsible for the customized training needs of the dog.
Disabilities served include but are not limited to, cerebral palsy, muscular
dystrophy, autism and Down’s syndrome.
A CCI Skilled Companion is bred to be calm, reliable and affectionate, and
reduces the reliance on other people to complete simple daily tasks.
A CCI Skilled Companion can also serve as a social bridge to people who are
not used to relating with a person with disabilities. Not only does this kind of
assistance make their physical lives easier, it boosts confidence and feelings
WOUNDED VETERAN INITIATIVE
Canine Companions for Independence has provided many assistance dogs to US
war veterans across the country. With the increase in wounded veterans who
could benefit from an assistance dog, we want to do more. For a veteran making
a new start putting their life back together from an injury, an assistance dog
can provide the help they need to regain independence.