Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes New Service Dog from Canine Companions

February 22, 2023

Canine Companions, the nation’s first and largest service dog organization, is proud to announce the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is the recipient of a highly trained service dog who will work with children and other victims/witnesses in Calvert County.

Facility dog Dougall is a two-year-old lab-golden retriever cross that has been bred and trained by Canine Companions to perform service dog commands working with a facilitator in a professional environment such as law enforcement.

Dougall has been matched with Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Durner who is the supervisor of the department’s Project Lifesaver Program and teaches D.A.R.E. among other presentations to children and youth in the community. Canine Companions facility dogs like Dougall are bred to be calm, reliable, and affectionate while he works alongside Cpl. Durner in the community.

About Canine Companions: Canine Companions is leading the service dog industry so our clients and their dogs can live with greater independence. We provide service dogs to adults, children and veterans with disabilities and facility dogs to professionals working in healthcare, criminal justice and educational settings. Since our founding in 1975, our dogs and all follow-up services are provided at no cost to our clients.

  • 7,454 graduate teams placed since our founding in 1975
  • 413 working dog teams placed in 2022
  • 2,706 active graduate teams nationwide
  • 4,700 active volunteers nationwide
  • 1,292 volunteer puppy raisers
  • 138 volunteer breeder caretakers
  • First member of Assistance Dogs International to earn full accreditation
  • Several hundred Canine Companions release dogs currently functioning in such human services roles as bomb searching, border patrol, customs, and therapy and guide dogs.