Collaborations and Partners

Canine Companions is at the forefront of the service dog industry, thanks to cutting edge research in collaboration with major canine health and cognition organizations. Long-term studies on health, cognition, and behavior help Canine Companions understand the many factors contributing to how dogs can succeed as service dogs.

Partnering with well-known research programs, such as the Duke Canine Cognition Center at Duke University and the Arizona Canine Cognition Center at the University of Arizona, Canine Companions collects data to understand the flexibility and potential of dog cognition, the intricacies of the human-animal bond, and how service dogs can best support our clients to lead independent lives.


Brian Hare and Canine Companions service dog

Duke University’s Puppy Kindergarten

In a new venture between Canine Companions and Duke University, Dr. Brian Hare, a leader in the field of canine cognition, is working with 8-16-week-old Canine Companions pups at Duke to study their traits and experiences. Then he’ll track them through formal Canine Companions training to see which qualities turn out to foreshadow success.

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