Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs.
We envision a future in which every person who needs and wants an assistance dog can have one.
- Client Commitment – Can Do Canines has a passion for developing long-term relationships that make a positive difference in our clients’ lives. We provide high-quality training and services. We consider all training opportunities that would benefit our graduate and client teams.
- Teamwork – Can Do Canines works together to meet the needs of our clients through a joint effort comprised of staff, volunteers, and supporters from the community. By training dogs and clients to work together as teams, we help forge bonds and skills that cannot be matched.
- Integrity – Can Do Canines upholds the highest standards of integrity in all our actions. We are personally accountable for our conduct, decisions and delivering on our commitments. We value and reward open, honest, two-way communication. We are prudent and fiscally responsible in the management of all resources.
- Respect for People – Can Do Canines treats everyone with dignity, care and respect. We value differences in our employees, volunteers, clients and the community. We develop our employees and provide a rewarding environment.
- Respect for Animals – Can Do Canines believes dogs can be good citizens and helpful partners to people with disabilities when properly trained. Dogs must not be sacrificed to benefit people. Adopting homeless dogs from animal shelters when possible, giving them good homes, and training them for important jobs is a humane and worthy endeavor.
Since 1989, Can Do Canines has provided assistance dogs to people with disabilities, free of charge. Our fully-trained dogs, sometimes adopted from local animal shelters, are provided to clients with mobility challenges, hearing loss or deafness, seizure disorders, diabetes complicated by hypoglycemia unawareness or children with autism. Learn more and read a full history of our organization.
Can Do Canines is located in New Hope, Minnesota. Take a virtual tour of our campus.
Can Do Canines is the largest provider of assistance dogs in Minnesota and relies on individual contributions to support its important work. Currently, we place dogs for clients in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Can Do Canines is one of only two Minnesota-based assistance dog organizations that is an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International. Read about all of our accreditations.
A defining characteristic of Can Do Canines is our commitment to find new ways for assistance dogs to help individuals with disabilities. Our thinking-outside-the-box philosophy can be seen through a variety of innovations. Can Do Canines pioneered the training of assistance dogs to detect low glucose levels for people with type I diabetes, and Can Do Canines was one of the first organizations in the country to train a Seizure Assist Dog to interact with a Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS), a device implanted in the chest of an individual to help control seizures.