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Canine Companions at the 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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Our not-for-profit organizations benefit our communities

Contributions from donors and volunteers support healthcare quality and accessibility improvements in our area.

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 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.

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About the service dogs

 
The Kinkeade Campus trains three types of service 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 that partner with a facilitator working in a healthcare, visitation or education setting.
  • Trained in more than 40 commands, including turning on/off light switches, opening doors, pulling wheelchairs and picking up items.
  • 35–45% of the future service dogs that go through service dog training each year will graduate to be certified skilled service dogs.
  • 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 sp​ecially trained therapy dogs volunteer one to four hours at a time to work with our patients.

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