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Canine Companions for Independence 

Canine Companions for Independence at Baylor Scott & White Health – Kinkeade Campus

Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) is affiliating with Canine Companions for Independence, a leader in the development of assistance dogs, to bring a premier service animal training center to Dallas Fort-Worth.

Located next to the Baylor Health Center – Irving Coppell, the campus will train assistance dogs for placement, free of charge, with people with a broad range of disabilities.

Serving a Health Need in Our Community

BSWH continually looks for innovative ways to achieve its mission, which includes providing people with personalized health and wellness resources. One life-changing resource for many of those with a disability is an assistance dog.

Assistance dogs provide their companion with the courage to leave the house to pursue dreams again ... a safe haven. This powerful relationship often leads to increased independence, self-esteem and inclusion for a person with a disability.

About the Assistance Dogs

The Kinkeade Campus will train three types of assistance dogs:

  • Service dogs assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks.
  • Skilled companions enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities.
  • Facility dogs are expertly trained dogs who partner with a facilitator working in a health care, visitation or education setting.

Canine companions are trained in more than 40 commands including turning the light switch on and off, opening doors, pulling wheelchairs and picking up items.

Approximately 35 to 45 percent of the puppies that go through service dog training each year will graduate to be a certified skilled assistance dog. Those who do not graduate from the program go on to find meaningful placement as therapy dogs and guide dogs; some also go on to become law enforcement or search and rescue dogs.

For more information about Canine Companions for Independence, visit their website at

Animal Assisted Therapy Program

If you're a dog owner who would like to volunteer to visit patients at Baylor Health Care System, read more about our Animal Assisted Therapy program. Through the program, more than 90 specially trained therapy dogs volunteer one to four hours at a time to work with our patients.

Learn More About the Animal Assisted Therapy Program