Canine Companions® at Baylor Scott & White Health – Kinkeade Campus

Baylor Scott & White Health has affiliated with Canine Companions, a leader in the development of service dogs, to bring a premier service animal training center to Dallas-Fort Worth.

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

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Serving a health need in our community

Baylor Scott & White Health 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 a service dog.

Service dogs are expertly trained in physical tasks to help their handler navigate the world. This powerful relationship often leads to increased independence, self-esteem and inclusion for a person with a disability.

Canine Companions service dogs are specially matched and provided at no cost to clients.

About Canine Companions service dogs

The Kinkeade Campus trains service dogs and facility dogs:

  • Service dogs are placements with:
    • Adults with physical or auditory disabilities
    • Children with physical or cognitive disabilities aged five or older or adults with physical or cognitive disabilities who require the assistance of a facilitator such as a parent, caregiver or spouse
    • Veterans with a physical or auditory disability or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Facility dogs are placements with:
    • Professionals working in a healthcare, criminal justice, or educational setting
  • Canine Companion service and facility dogs are expertly trained in more than 40 commands, including turning on/off light switches, opening doors, pulling wheelchairs and picking up items
  • Dogs and all follow-up services are provided at no cost to clients
  • Canine Companions dogs are raised by volunteer puppy raisers for approximately a year and a half before entering professional training. Learn more about becoming a puppy raiser.

Animal assisted therapy program

Are you a dog owner who would like to volunteer your dog to visit patients? Through our Animal Assisted Therapy program, more than 90 specially trained therapy dogs volunteer one to four hours at a time to work with our patients.

Sign up to volunteer your dog