Is a Dog Right for You?

one person walking, one person sitting in wheelchair with a baby in a wrap and a Canine Companions service dog walking next to them

Thank you for your interest in a Canine Companions service or facility dog. Before proceeding with the application process, please read about the four types of dogs trained by Canine Companions and the Assistance Dog FAQs.

The process to receive a Canine Companions assistance dog includes multiple steps. Please review the following infographic:

Screenshot of the apply for an assistance dog infographic

Note: Applicants for the PTSD program must be United States Armed Forces veterans. Currently, this program is only offered in our Northwest and South Central regions, and for any applicants living within 200 miles of our training center in Medford, New York.

In order to be considered for an assistance dog, and to determine whether the Canine Companions program is right for you, we need to get to know each other better. Canine Companions has several basic pre-requisites for individuals who may be interested in one of our programs. Please review these questions, which are designed to help you determine whether or not to apply.

  • Can you demonstrate that you would benefit from the tasks Canine Companions assistance dogs are trained to perform?
  • Do you have the means and resources to manage and care for a dog? This includes feeding, grooming, exercising the dog and regular visits to a veterinarian.
  • Do you believe you can be an effective leader for a dog?
  • Are those who live with you willing to support your relationship with an assistance dog and comply with basic guidelines established by Canine Companions?
  • Once receiving the dog, are you willing to stay engaged with Canine Companions and provide periodic updates?
  • Bringing a Canine Companions assistance dog into your life is a major lifestyle change and commitment. Do you believe you are ready for this change and commitment?

If the answers to the above questions are all yes, please begin the conversation with Canine Companions by clicking below for more information about the program that is most suited to you.

By clicking “Next Step >>” below, I am acknowledging that:
– I have read about the four types of assistance dogs trained by Canine Companions
– I have read and understood the Assistance Dog FAQs
– I understand Canine Companions does not train dogs or place dogs for the following: guide work for the blind, seizure or diabetic alert/response, mobility assistance (including balance work), managing undesirable human behavior, to provide supervision, navigation, or safety from environmental hazards, aggression or personal protection, the management of mental illness as a primary condition or for the primary purpose of emotional comfort or social support.